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Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Fleeces are Back from the Mill!! Llama Rovings Now Available!

Several months ago I sent three fleeces to the mill to be processed into roving. I sent a first shearing fleece from our gorgeous silver/gray male, Tempis Fugit. This fleece has been sitting in my studio for a few years, waiting for me to decide what to do with it. It was extremely clean, ultra-soft and an incredible silver/gray color.

Here is a photo of Tempis Fugit - he has earned enough Grand Champion awards at halter to earn his ALSA Halter Champion award!

And here is a photo of his first shearing rovings
I also sent in Tempis Fugit's second shearing fleece. It processed into a similar roving that is slightly darker and only slightly less fine than the first shearing.

These rovings are available for sale. I will probably hold back at least one bump of the first shearing for my personal spinning stash. The rest is offered at $4.50/oz for the first shearing fiber and $4.00/oz for the second shearing fiber.

The first shearing fiber bumps are as follows:
8.3 oz = $37.35
10 oz = $45.00
10.6 oz = $47.70

I have an 11.6 oz bump in stock but I think that is the one I will hold back for my own stash.

The second shearing fiber bumps are as follows: (all prices are plus shipping/handling)
8.2 oz = $32.80
10.8 oz = $43.20
12.1 oz = $48.40

I had some gorgeous rich dark chocolate brown rovings available from a first shearing of Primoris Filius (First Son in latin - he is Tempis Fugit's first son) but that fiber sold quite quickly. I'm going to share a photo of the llama and the fiber though, because it is so gorgeous!

Here is Primoris Filius aka Fil after shearing

And the bumps of his first shearing roving


Regina said...


Split Rock Ranch said...

Thank you Regi! I love how these turned out. I wish I could afford to send ALL my fleeces in to be processed.

Joy said...

Gorgeous... How does spinning llama compare, say to alpaca? I know, especially with fiber from individual animals, it can vary a lot... but on average, would you say the staple is longer/shorter? Finer/coarser?

Split Rock Ranch said...

Joy: Llama is similar to alpaca. I think most people shear their alpacas yearly and I shear at the most every other year so the staple length on my llamas tends to be a bit longer than most alpaca. The majority of my herd has been hand selected and/or bred for fine fiber so softness and handle-wise my llama fibers are extremely close to alpaca. In fact, many of my llama fleeces are softer than alpaca fleeces I've purchased from alpaca breeders.

Lenox Knits said...

That brown is absolutely gorgeous. I can see why it sold out immediately. I always love looking at your llamas after they've been shorn. Such a unique and proud looking animal.