How to make a Teddy Bear.
The Arrow Acres Farm way.
Step 2- in the spring you will need to shear your alpaca.
Step 3- Have your kids help carry the fleece out of the barn.
Then move the fiber to the rinse. You can see the water on the left is so dirty. This batch needed to be washed twice. So a total of 2 washes and 4 rinses. The fiber needs to go into water the same temperature that it is leaving. So you will need a thermometer. Start out with the hottest water possible.
Put washed and rinsed fiber in salad spinner to draw out water. You can also use your washing machine, but I like to keep the dirt out of my washing machine.
Step 6- Card the fiber.
Card until all the fiber is smooth and all the fiber is going in the same direction.
Draw fiber off the drum carder and wrap into birds nets.
Step 7- With a drop spindle make your yarn.