After sending the raw fiber to the mill for washing and cleaning, they do another service for me and make it into roving. Roving is so easy to use for just about anything. You can see from the brown roving it comes in a long thin strip rolled into the rolls like the white and black are still in.
Even though these colors seem very different, the carder makes them seamlessly blended into a pleasing tweed, heather or however you want your yarn to look. What I am making is called a 'batt'.
Here is the alpaca batt being taken off the carder by pulling it in the opposite direction it went on. The batt will then be divided by pulling into long strips with lots of variation, spun into singles and in this case spun a second time or plyed together for a stronger 2-ply yarn. I will post a picture of the finished yarn later when I have it all completed.
It just seems magical (to me) how beautiful it turns out. I personally love a textured yarn, one that can be woven with the interest in the yarn itself rather than a patterned weave. The white scarf I showed a couple months ago was a plain weave but the yarn was so interesting it won First Place at our north Idaho Fair.