I took my llama down and spindle with me when we went to visit my sister and her family in MA over the weekend, so I taught her how to spin with it. She got a kick out of it, and was very natural at it too. There are some thicker spots where she played with it, but they’re not really noticeable. Considering that she had never spun before, she did a great job! Today I spun up some more, enough to ply and see how it looks after finishing.

Llama down cop

I used a center-pull ball to make a 2-ply:

Llama 2-ply

This is how it looked before “finishing.”

Llama mini-skein prior to finishing

According to Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning, yarn spun woolen needs to be fulled. So I soaked it in hot water with some wool wash and smushed it around with a large spoon. The book suggests using a plunger, but I don’t have one that hasn’t been used in a toilet.. the spoon worked fine, I think. Then I rinsed it in cold water and repeated the hot-cold cycle, toweled out the excess water, and thwacked the yarn on the counter several times, which was very satisfying! All of this supposedly evens out the twist and allows the crossed fibers to bloom, which results in a softer, airier yarn.

Llama 2-ply after fulling

It really is delightfully soft. I wish I could capture that in photos. Tomorrow I’ll swatch it and figure out what to do with it. I have ideas, but again need to keep it secret because it will be involved with my holiday knitting. All of my super secret knitting will be on Ravelry, since none of my recipients are there.  If you’re not on there yet, sorry!  I’ll reveal everything after gifts are given.  🙂