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Wordsmith Wednesday -Alpaca Yarn

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Alpaca Yarn

Yarn spun from alpaca wool

Alpaca fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca. It is light or heavy in weight, depending on how it is spun. It is a soft, durable, luxurious and silky natural fiber. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpaca is naturally water-repellent and difficult to ignite. Huacaya, an alpaca that grows soft spongy fiber, has natural crimp, thus making a naturally elastic yarn well-suited for knitting. Suri has no crimp and thus is a better fit for woven goods. The designer Armani has used Suri alpaca to fashion men’s and women’s suits. Alpaca fleece is made into various products, from very simple and inexpensive garments made by the aboriginal communities to sophisticated, industrially made and expensive products such as suits. In the United States, groups of smaller alpaca breeders have banded together to create “fiber co-ops,” to make the manufacture of alpaca fiber products less expensive.

image Alpaca Farm. Cute aren’t they?

Thanks to Wilipedia for the above although I prefer to spell FIBRE the English way!

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Finished Fingerless Mittens

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Finished Fingerless Mittens

At last I have managed to complete a project! My fingerless mittens are just fab! They were relatively simple,very snug and just that little bit different which I like. I purchased the kit just over a year ago. As I had never knit gloves before I thought that a kit was the way to start. knitting in the contrasting fleece was simple and funky.The kit was from Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop in North Yorkshire,England http://www.wensleydalesheepshop.co.uk
I think I can feel some knitting projects as gifts for NEXT Christmas starting soon.