Hi @CindyLouWho and @Stroy!
Wow…I think I’ve found the most popular color! Since there is so much interest, I’m going to work on processing a whole bunch of Baby Brown. I’ll do batches in Adult, Yearling, and Kid. As I finish, I’ll make sure to post photos and tag everyone who has expressed interest. (I’m taking notes )
@Stroy- Kid is the finest hair. In other words, each individual strand is the thinnest. It is very soft, and it makes great newborn hair or fine hairs along the hairline. You would want a thin needle to root it- I use 43 gauge. Kid comes from young goats-- their first and second clip (Angora goats are sheared every 6 months) Yearling is typically the third clip, so kind of like the “teenager” goats It’s good all-purpose mohair that is my favorite because it’s easier to see and root than kid. Incidentally, darker colors are easier to root than pale blondes because it’s easier to see. Baby Brown will be a great color to start off with! Adult hair is easy to root, but it is also quite a bit thicker-- so best for toddler hair or thick hair. It’s still much thinner than human hair.
I have not yet tried alpaca hair, but I’d be glad for an excuse to order some to process I tried to get some at the last fiber festival I attended, but they didn’t have anything long enough to root. I’ve heard that it’s very fine, like kid hair, and straight. Some people have concerns that it’s fragile and breaks off after rooting. I would imagine that could vary depending on the quality and actual thickness (it’s counted by microns) of the individual animal’s hair. Usually it’s provided in it’s natural color (undyed). Alpacas come in all sorts of colors. In all honesty, it would be great for you to try alpaca, but I don’t think it’s necessary. If anyone else has experience with alpaca they’d like to share, please chime in!
I’m working on setting up a blog with tutorials and information like this. I love to research and experiment, so I’m building up a hefty knowledge base! If you have any questions, feel free to ask away