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Raw White Alpaca Fleece - Tom s Seconds - 1 pound

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Here's a pound of white Tom's Seconds. There is some lovely, crimpy fiber here as you can see by the second picture. If I were to prepare this fleece, the first thing I would do is spread it all out, cut side down. Then I would pull out each and every guard hair that I could find . I tried to show them in the pictures - the hairy like pieces that stick out. Look at the two pictures just above Tom. Actually they are pretty easy to pull out.

When shearing I divide my fleeces into four bags, 1) the prime (firsts) is the really nice, finer, consistent in length fleece that comes off the blanket area like on a horse's saddle blanket, 2)neck is obviously from the neck and is less consistent in fineness and length, 3) Seconds are from the lower neck and all the area just outside the blanket. It's very inconsistent and usually has considerable guard hair if the alpaca has some. 4) Thirds are the very least desireable from legs, belly, tail. I use this for garden mulch or offer it to the birds for nest building.

I did screen this fleece, although I might have missed a few second cuts.

FYI.... some folks get confused with second cuts and seconds in fleece. Second cuts are what we call the little clumps of fleece that get into the fiber when the shearer goes back over where he/she has cut. It's best to remove them because they stay clumpy when carding and spinning.

Go here to see Tom's prime - https://www.etsy.com/listing/101352096/unwashed-white-alpaca-fleece-from-tom-8

I'm selling these seconds for $1/ounce