These Long Suri Alpaca Locks are the prime fiber grown by a suri alpaca named "Abner". It is a two ounce package of locks measuring approximately 8" long.
Long Suri Locks make gorgeous doll hair. They can also be used in tail or core spinning, carded and spun into beautiful silky yarn, or used in a variety of different felting projects. They also are quite fun to use in knitting and crochet projects.
The locks have been separated from the fleece so are very easy to work with. They have been rinsed multiple times, though a final washing when your project is completed is recommended. The twisted locks make it difficult to get them completely clean, but the more then are worked with, or combed, the cleaner they become.
Suris have a fine fiber, with different degrees of fineness based on the age of the alpaca, nutrition, and environment where the alpaca lives. Fineness is measured in microns and is graded according to this chart:
Grade 1 Ultra Fine (less than 20 microns)
Grade 2 Superfine (20-22.99 microns)
Grade 3 Fine (23-25.99 microns)
Grade 4 Medium (26-28.99 microns)
Grade 5 Intermediate (29-31.99 microns)
Grade 6 Robust (32 microns and above)
Though not sorted by a certified sorter, this fiber is considered to be Superfine.
Doll makers love using suri locks for doll hair. Be aware that there is some waste when combing out locks for a reroot. A typical Blythe reroot takes about two ounces.
These locks can also be left just as is and sewn into a weft to attach directly onto a doll cap.