Okay, so technically there isn't any such thing as "pol-paca," but it does seem the easiest way to describe the Polwarth and Alpaca blend that I'm spinning. Here is one of the finished skeins...
I'm spinning an eyeball 50/50 blend of the Polwarth (a gift from a friend a long while back) and Huacaya Alpaca (the same that I used for my Teddy Bear Shawl).
You may remember the next two photos from an earlier post. In the next one, the Polwarth is on the left, the alpaca is on the right.
Staple length is 4 to 5 inches for both. You can read my complete assessment of the Polwarth in this post.
I am blending the two fibers the same way I blend colors on woolcombs as seen in this post.
I find it faster to simply spin it off the comb rather than to diz it into top.
My plan is to use this to weave fabric for a winter jacket or coat. I don't have the details figured out yet, but I do think about it while I spin. Since I want the coat to be solid color, I'm thinking that the interest will have to be in the weave of the cloth, as well as the garment design.
I've only got three skeins finished so far, and while I don't know the exact yardage I'll need, I know it will be a lot. So this will be my spinning project for this winter. Hopefully by spring, I'll be ready to move on to the serious planning stage.
Posted 6 Dec. 2008 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com
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