Little Washneys Farm
Little Washneys Farm

Our Alpaca Fibre

Alpaca fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca. It is light or heavy in weight, depending on how it is spun. It is a soft, durable, luxurious and silky natural fiber. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpaca is naturally water-repellent and difficult to ignite.

 

Huacaya, an alpaca that grows soft spongy fiber, has natural crimp, thus making a naturally elastic yarn well-suited for knitting.

 

Suri has no crimp and thus is a better fit for woven goods. The designer Armani has used Suri alpaca to fashion men's and women's suits.

 

Alpaca fleece is made into various products, from very simple and inexpensive garments made by the indigenous communities to sophisticated, industrially made and expensive products such as suits.

Our Wool (from Southdown Sheep)

The Southdown is the oldest of the terminal sire breeds in the UK and as the name suggests originates from the native sheep which have roamed the South Downs in the South of England for many hundreds of years. They are in fact the most local breed of sheep to Little Washneys Farm.

This sheep has a neck that’s wide at the base and well set on the shoulder. Shoulders neither too wide nor too narrow and top level with the back, its eyes are bright and clear of wool.

The Wool

The Southdown sheep has a dense, resilient medium grade white fleece. These are versatile, medium handling wools which dye nicely and are ideal for hand-spinning. 28-30 micron.

Their wool is fine and dense and of even colour, not black, covering the whole body down to the hocks and knees.

Our Fibre Processing

We currently sell all the fibre and wool we produce in its raw, unprocessed state by the kilo. However we now have the investment in place to purchase our own fibre processing machinery with plans to sell all our fibre and wool products directly from this website and at local farmers markets.

 

We currently have a planning application registered with Sevenoaks Council for a redesigned barn that will house our precious equipment as well as provide a refuge for our animals in severe weather or for birthing. 

 

Watch this space! 

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