I’ve got several llama fleeces, and the problem with llamas are they are dirt bathers.
After a few hours with an unwashed llama fleece, I wake up that night with my sinuses completely closed up.
That’s a LOT of dirt.
So washing a llama fleece takes many, many washings. Each one has the potential to matt the fleece a little bit more.
So the other day, I really blew it and matted a white llama fleece. It was just a mess. Not felted, because I could pull it apart, but the fiber was in knots. I went to Etsy to price pickers and found this little oak picker that is small enough to fit under the bed.
I put a fist full of matted llama in. It took a couple of passes to get the mats out, and with it came handfuls of dirt. But the fiber is a lovely fluffy mass now. Not a matted mess. (Big sigh of relief!)
I think carding is now possible.