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The 411 on Alpaca

Posted on July 15 2015


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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