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Crimp! In all things Good...

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Is Crimp over rated?  I hear information from folks that is seems it is not always understood. 

I think many people think crimp may be good for memory or elasticity in a yarn.  That has a lot of variables involved with the spinning process for that to occur. 

Simply think of crimp as a "indicator" to possible traits that it might be connected to.   When I see crimp, my mind immediately rushes to confirm if the fiber perhaps might be fine. 

 There are several Alpaca studies that directly correlate higher crimps per inch to direct relation to fineness.  ( Holt, Gutierrez) I have seen thousands of beautiful samples of crimp that when opened, are also showing wonderful thin fibers..  The key of possible variation in a Huacaya fleece is how organized the crimp structure is.   Typically, the smaller crimp really defined styles do deliver a greater degree of fineness.  Compounding that with the degree of the fibers relative organized staple, may also support a greater degree of density.  

So its one indicator to other traits.....

On my current trip in Alaska, I am being educated by my cousin, an Alaskan native and accomplished artist, Bunny SwanGease on their use of fibers in their culture. 

The cover picture is of a beaver pelt, it has incredible crimp and I'd classify it in Vicuna range.  Now of course the  staple length of a beaver pelt is so short, it can not be sheared but I was impressed this indicator trait was applicable with other fingered species... Of course it does, same with Merino and other fibered animals. Even look at your pet cat fiber... 

We are on the right path with Alpacas - Crimp is Good!

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