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knitting questions.....x-posted [Mar. 13th, 2007|10:13 pm]
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Has anyone here ever heard of or tried thrumming?  My mom was looking it up on her lappy (we're knerd knitting together with our laptops) and came across this.  It looks pretty neat and we'd both like to try it.  Just wondering if anyone has tried it and how they found it to work for them?

On another note, my boyfriend and I are planning on shearing their llama's this summer.  We're thinking of hand spinning the wool.  Has anyone worked with llama wool before?  Also, two of them are dark brown/black.  Would we have to bleach the wool to be able to dye the dark stuff?  One of them is white so that won't be a problem.  So yeah, I don't know if that was clear or not, but I hope it made sense to all of you.  Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

x-posted to 20sknitters,collegeknit

[User Picture]From: bunnysquirrel
2007-03-30 08:02 pm (UTC)
I have some llama fiber but I haven't spun it up. The important thing (and biggest pain in the rear) is removing the coarse guard hairs. Then it is nice and soft. :)

Bleach (at least the stuff available to home users) dissolves sheep wool and probably does the same for llama. I'm not sure how commercial dying of llama is done. You might want to ask this question in dyeingfiber. If I were you, I'd leave the darker ones natural, they're probably already going to make some very pretty tonal browns.

Let us know how it goes!
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