Good morning – it’s Aunt Geri. After marling over a mile of Chimayo yarn, I decided to do some “simple” spinning. The fiber I spun, Cliff House had purchased at the Estes Park Fiber Festival last year. It is from a rose-grey alpaca. I have never spun this color and found it very interesting. Rose-grey is a relatively rare alpaca color – actually it is rare in any species. A horse this color would be called a strawberry roan, a dog would be “brindle”, etc.. It is a creamy grey with reddish-brown hairs – marled by nature to make a beautiful taupe fiber.
This is a very fine fiber so a lot of plucking of vegetation and nebs is required – these fine downy fibers lock onto grass and seeds. I spin very thin singles, which don’t provide a lot of hiding places for foreign objects – but a few pieces always sneak through. I have been spoiled by spinning Cliff House alpaca fiber which has minimal debris – all due to the cleanest barn and pens in the land!! Yes – Jan (“Momma”) had admittedly vacuumed the barn on occasion!
The yarn is a 3-ply sport weight. The fiber has a lot of loft so even these thin plies provide a wonderful grey halo.