Llama

Llamas. The unsung hero of the herd. Llamas are extraordinarily hearty, multi-purpose fiber animals. Able to serve as guard animals for herds of sheep and goats, llamas do more than just throw their weight around. They can also produce an often overlooked but lovely fiber. Often in the shadow of their more plush cousins, the alpaca, llama fiber often contains a fine undercoat that can make for a soft, durable, and warm yarn. 

 
 A skein of yarn spun by hand with 100% llama fiber.

A skein of yarn spun by hand with 100% llama fiber.

The Fiber

A llama's undercoat can be very soft. Unfortunately, it does require more complex processing to remove guard hairs. Guard hairs are the wiry outer coat that is present on most llamas. While some varieties of llama have gaurd hair fine enough to include in the finished yarn, most go through equipment that removes gaurd hairs. However, the reward is great! Soft, downy fiber that is free from lanolin and makes a lovely warm yarn.  

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