The one on the far right is the prototype. It is a cabled yarn. This cabled yarn is constructed from a 2-ply grey alpaca single and Placid Waters (50% merino, 25% bamboo and 25% silk ) single. That 2-ply yarn is then plied again to make a 4-strand cable. It’s a lovely yarn. It has a wonderful drape and from a distance looks a bit denim.
So I devoted last Sunday afternoon to combing alpaca nests, and here is what I got — 22 grams of combed nests. I haven’t yet done the complex math to figure out how much I need to make the skirt, and therefore how much I need to comb, spin and ply and cable. Part of me just wants to comb up all the grey alpaca that I have and hope for the best. It is extremely fine fibre and is to be spun up fine, so this amount, small as it seems, will go a long way.
I am going to comb up another serious batch of it and start spinning. Here’s to lazy, rainy Sunday afternoons and a challenging fibre project!