|Beautiful little Kara.|
The story starts back in May when I went home to groom and shear llamas. Over several days, I carefully brushed Kara out, eventually washing her and then shearing her by hand. Her fleece was absolutely gorgeous! The full blog post about shearing Kara is here.
|Kara all groomed out, before shearing.|
A few weeks later, I got around to carding the raw fiber in preparation for spinning. It took me a couple of hours to card it all on my small drum carder. The buyer wanted the colors mixed, so I would just pull random hand-fulls of fiber from the bag and add it to the carder.
|Carding Kara's fleece.|
Next, the big task...spinning! The yarn was to be spun as a worsted weight, which is a bit thicker than I have been spinning recently. My carding preparation wasn't perfect (it is hard when working with 7-8" long fiber!), so the yarn has a bit of texture. I spun all the singles, and then plied. I ended up with 4 skeins, totaling about 450 yards (I think!). I love how the yarn turned out, the color is very tweedy and gorgeous.
|Single ply yarn.|
|Rinsing the yarn.|
|Drying the yarn.|
|Beautiful yarn after washing.|
|My spinning companion (Abby, my Golden Retriever puppy)!|