all about fleece…

all about fleece…

This month is all about collecting fleece and planning new yarns.  We use fleece from our own alpacas but also source alpaca fleece from small herds around the country.  Many alpaca owners just want to keep alpacas as pets, and we can buy the fleece and put it to good use.  We use the ‘blanket’ which is the fleece from the alpaca’s back which is the best quality.

The fleece from the neck and legs is not as fine and so we don’t use it for our yarns.    Once we have the fleeces home it needs ‘skirted’ which is the process of tidying it up ready for the Mill.  We need to pick out any bits of grass, mud or poo and remove any coarse hair or random flashes of colour.  Alpacas come in 22 recognised colours and you never can be sure what colour a new born will be, or whether it will have a flash or a dot of a random colour as a throw back to a distant relative.   This gorgeous bouncy dark brown fleece belongs to Brownie from Aberdeenshire.   It’s already at the Border Mill as part of a batch being blended with Shetland sheep fleece for later this year.

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