Dirty Hank by Nikki Stitch!

How to clean a dirty hank of alpaca yarn:

Alpaca are very hypoallergenic animals because unlike sheep, they do not produce lanolin. Because they do not produce lanolin, it is not necessary to process their fiber before spinning. Though they are very clean animals, even defecating in a communal designated area of the barn, they still lay in piles of hay and dirt for months before they receive their annual shear. I often use a vacuum on the “blow” setting to blow out any loose dirt before spinning it into yarn. My husband has built me a mechanism to do this based on the chile roaster design. You load the “basket” full of fiber and spin it around as the vacuum hose is moving around blowing out the dirt.

Whether you decide to pre-clean your fiber or not, you will need to spin each ply and possibly ply your strands together. After you have wrapped your spun yarn around your niddy noddy to figure yardage, tie bits of yarn loosely around each section to keep your strands in place when it’s floating around underwater.

How to clean a dirty hank of alpaca yarn:

Alpaca are very hypoallergenic animals because unlike sheep, they do not produce lanolin. Because they do not produce lanolin, it is not necessary to process their fiber before spinning. Though they are very clean animals, even defecating in a communal designated area of the barn, they still lay in piles of hay and dirt for months before they receive their annual shear. I often use a vacuum on the “blow” setting to blow out any loose dirt before spinning it into yarn. My husband has built me a mechanism to do this based on the chile roaster design. You load the “basket” full of fiber and spin it around as the vacuum hose is moving around blowing out the dirt.

Whether you decide to pre-clean your fiber or not, you will need to spin each ply and possibly ply your strands together. After you have wrapped your spun yarn around your niddy noddy to figure yardage, tie bits of yarn loosely around each section to keep your strands in place when it’s floating around underwater.