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The 411 on Alpaca

Posted on July 15 2015

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One of the main differences between wool and alpaca is the density. Alpaca is much more dense and heavy. This makes an alpaca skein, that is equal in weight to a wool skein, have less yardage. A new great trend in the yarn world has emerged. Chained alpaca! This means that each strand of alpaca has at least 2 strands chained together to make one lighter strand. This does two great things for alpaca; it adds air (a strand with 2 or more chains has a lot more air in it that one thick strand), and it adds more yummy alpaca surface area to each strand... at least 2X as much! A skein of alpaca made from chained strands will increase the yardage per the weight. When it comes to alpaca; lighter + softer + longer = Heaven! Some great examples are: Plymouth Yarn Colca Canyon Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Magna Plymouth Yarn Alpaca Aire Classic Elite MountainTop Chalet Tahki - Stacey Charles, Inc. Juno Shibui Maai

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