This is the alpaca that I machine washed and dried. After picking it open, I drum carded it on my large carder. The pound of fiber gave me 18 batts.
I decided to spin this on my Aura because of it's large bobbins. I will spin 9 batts on each bobbin and then ply it to a two ply. This is the single from one batt. It spins up quickly and there is no waste. I didn't even have to fiddle with the spinning wheel, just sat down and spun it up. It's a good thing the whole process will be quicker than normal, since I have another 3 lbs to wash and spin from the same fleece.
The Suri alpaca on the other hand was difficult. I talk all about that in a short podcast on www.yarnspinnerstales in episode 102. After lots of trial and error I finally settled on carding it with my hand cards, which worked well to spin.
I even had trouble with spinning the Suri, I had to change drive bands on my Ashford to keep from getting too much twist in the single. I finally got things worked out so the wheel was happily spinning the carded Suri. I love the color, it is a deep brown. I will ply this too but not sure yet if I will do a two ply or chain ply.
Neither yarn will be lace weight and may even be too thick for socks. I don't like 100% alpaca for sweaters, they don't hold their shape very well. So both yarns seem to be destined to shawls or afghans. I am sure my cat would just love sleeping on my lap with an alpaca afghan under him!