First Try Carding & Spinning Alpaca Fleece! Carding w/ American Girl Hairbrushes

First Try Carding & Spinning Alpaca Fleece! Carding w/ American Girl Hairbrushes


hey crafters so today I’m going to do
something fun this isn’t a tutorial or a yarn review or anything quite like that
this is going to be me trying something new this is something I have wanted to
do for a long time but have never had the opportunity and I don’t actually
know that this is going to work because I don’t have all the right materials
because I’ve only got a little bit of supplies so I didn’t want to go by out
and buy a whole bunch of tools but what I’m going to try doing today is I’ve got
this alpaca fiber here I’ll pack of weeks and also sometimes called just
alpaca and I want to turn this into yarn I’ve always wanted to do this I’ve
always said I want to sheep but that’s like totally not realistic and then I
was doing research when I got this and actually I’ll pack of fiber seems to be
even better than sheep’s wool and the reason why is because it’s less oily
it’s a lot cleaner and it’s also softer wool from sheep when it’s against the
skin it can be rough and itchy but most people don’t have any issues with alpaca
against the skin if it was like really good and soft so anyways the first step
in turning stuff like this into your that you can actually proshare your knit
with is you have to card it but this is what I was talking about as far as not
having tools and things so instead what I’ve got I’ve got these fun brushes here
these are actually American Girl brushes that I’m going to try using because I’ve
got the wire bristles on them I clean all the doll hair so I didn’t get carded
into there so I’m going to try using that for carting the wool and then my
dad made some drops of kids some drop spindles for Christmas so anyways I
thought you guys might want to see what it looks like when I’m crafting on my
own kind of messing around and experimenting so yeah we’re going to try
two cards and I’ll pack a fleece with American Girl hair brushes so let’s see
how this goes so I was really tempted to try this off-screen to see if it was
going to totally flop or not but I did not so I have no idea this is going to
go so I think the basic idea to kind of just drag it through like
that probably these brushes are really small so this might lead to other
challenges and I’m also not completely sure what you do once it’s like been
carded like I know you can thin it I don’t know if it’s just because carding
it kind of straightens the fibers and stuff or if it’s because it makes it
fluffy so it actually like bonds together better I’m going to pull this
off it actually seems to kind of be working I don’t know if I should give it
a well I’m not the problems when I tried to spin it without doing anything to it
because I read some stuff that said you can sometimes do that is I couldn’t get
the fibers to actually bond together they were too fine and silky sewn up
just because I’m not skilled at spinning or if it’s because I don’t know what I’m
doing or if it’s because the fleece itself is difficult to use so let me
look at what I’ve got here because the idea is you should be able to take this
a kind of trial at the faint between your fingers well it’s kind of going to
get a little bit better than it would maybe I just need to card a whole bunch
and also I haven’t done anything with this because when I got it I didn’t know
what state the fleeces and I don’t know what if it has been done with it this
kind of money stroke line that I’ll put that up on my blog so I don’t know if
it’s actually been washed or if this was just literally on the alpacas back and
they shear them and then it was put in this bag and given to me so yeah fun
stuff it’s actually really clean there hasn’t
been a ton of much of anything in here okay I don’t know if I totally just like
mess it up by grabbing it the other way so this is getting a lot fluffier you
can see this right here you can kind of see the alpaca how you know this would
be like the side just to be against the skin how we’ve got more of a fluff to it
so I think this is probably going to help carting it because the point of
carting it is to change the directions of the wool fiber or not the wolf side
the fleece is fiber bow direction that they run sever they’re all and lowing
together so anyways I’m going to keep messing with this and we’ll see what
happens so here you can see I’ve got some Cardiff’s fiber some carny fleece I
actually may need to card this a little bit more but when you’re using brushes
that are this side it’s kind of challenging to get a bunch carded or to
card it very much so in the future if I end up continuing to do this I’m
actually invest in some actual carding material supplies versus doll hair
brushes but the basic idea I watched a couple of videos so we’re going to see
if I can do this or not if you know how to card and spin fiber then you’re
probably say they’re laughing at me going well yeah I have no idea and yes
you are correct I have no idea what I’m doing it just watched a couple videos
right about it and we’re trying it so the basic idea is you want to kind of
you kind of have your clump of fleece here and you can’t pull from it and so
for start I’m just going to kind of oh this is going to work much better than
it was when we tried it last time I can’t to make some I’ll pack of yards
guys I’m so excited okay so I’ve got my drop spindle here
and I’m going to tie it around this bottom part so I’ve got the end of my
fiber attached on there and then I’m going to come up the side so I’m going
to keep pulling on this I’ll twist it a little bit before I put in it and I’m
going to rock it right there in the hook and then when I came in to cool let’s
retire on now I’m going to start something when you spin you kind of just
twirl this and I’ll let us start feeding through your hand I don’t know how to
there’s going to be some very lumpy yarn because I don’t know how to
really how to properly spin it I guess a little closer there how to properly pull
on apply tension so you might have noticed thinking apart so suppose you’re
able to call hold it and it’ll twist the fibers back together which it looks like
it did guys I’m going to make a pickup soon I am so excited okay so now once
you’ve got a little bit on here you just can kind of start wrapping it around
this part and then hook it back here okay this is what I’m struggling with
because in all the way as I watched everyone was just going to like oh yeah
I’m just going to pull on it it comes gently so maybe it’s an error on my part
of how I carded it and if you know how to do this and you want to get many
pointers I am more than willing to listen to any advice you might be able
to give me yeah it’s the part I’m not sure how to do umm how to because see I
keep spinning and I’m going to this kind of main clump of it but I don’t know how
to properly change the tension okay what I am learning is it’s a little more
difficult than all the videos and rebound line says but it’s not
impossible I’ve never done it before and I’m doing decent maybe let’s wrap this
around here I can I pull this off more wonder if I can kind of sew at this side
if I kind of slump this out a little more
I bet if i carded it more and card it better I bet it’d be a lot easier unless
my kind of fluffing it like this kind of overlap this will strike the nest as one
of this is there sorry still keep thick which is the panel line
thicker yarns it’s actually really soft if you look at it you see that it looks
a little bit like it almost like a coarse because it’s kind of pulled tight
and you’ve got all these little bumps on it but it doesn’t feel particularly
smooth I want to say but it’s not at all icky as i weirdly rub it on my face but
now I’m working on my facing you know your face skin is more sensitive and
yeah it feels pretty soft it should be very comfortable to wear against the
skin which is really cool I’ve also heard that or research that alpaca fiber
is very water repellant almost so that’s kind of cool
whereas wool you know it gets wet absorbs the water and then it gets heavy
I’m so bad sometimes we’re going to see how this turns out and maybe you’ll be inspired to try
something count before maybe you’ll even try to spin please whether it’s useful
or whether it’s all pack up please I’m not very satisfied actually alpaca
fleece is sometimes just called I’ll pack that which is kind of cool
cause like it’s the animal but also the animal product like it’d be if you call
you know you like you get milk from cows you get chicken from chick eggs from
chickens and you get wool from sheep but you get alpaca from alpaca I don’t know
if it’s gonna I just took this money I don’t know why I like that so much well huh I’m gonna unwind a second look
at the nice thick strand it’s got when I wind up I like unwrap it from the base
here so guys this is the piece of alpaca fiber yarn that I made which it thinks
is really cool it’s very uneven I definitely got a bunch of lumping here
and in the middle like this is pretty thin but I think it’s that cool about
this and it’s like you know we buy clothing we buy shirts and shorts you
know for the store but we never actually follow the process all the way through I
just do this is so cool being able to start with the raw fiber
and be able to card it turn it into yarn and then eventually once I do more than
I’ll probably need to pick up some more I’ll pack a fiber from somewhere but
anyways I think it’s so cool how you go from the raw material to the finished
product all by hand because you know 500 years
ago that’s so everybody did it so I just think it’s cool that even though some of
these skills are kind of disappearing over time that you can stick and still
be picked back up and the same processes that have been used for centuries can
still be used today so anyways guys this has been my exciting alpaca yarn
adventure and I’ll give you guys an update if I get more of this spun or if
I try to make anything if I order more I don’t know again that’s getting really
thin there was my newest around I’m going to have to definitely practice
some more and do some more research on this because that is like really crazy
you’re on that I just made I don’t know why I’d be able to use that for but
hopefully I’ll get better and if you know any tips that you want to share
with me definitely comment below and give it a like if you appreciate my
efforts if you thought my efforts or terrible but kind of funny but in a good
spirit then give this video a like and as always go check out my blog I could
said this is a fun story behind this yarn are you displeased and how I got it
so go check out the story on my blog and until next time happy crafting

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