Once the fleece is dry, then it is carded. I use a drum carder with drums specifically designed for alpaca fleece. The fleece is fed through the drums and should come out nice and smooth with the fibres in one direction making spinning easier. I always put the roving through the carder twice. It's dusty work, hence the converted bathroom fan.

at this point I opened up the prepared fleece and NO!! look at all those little pieces of straw. Back to washing tomorrow then! Interesting how different the colour of the fleece looks in the bright sunshine.

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