Handspun Alpaca Yarn

New into the shop today is this yummy handspun alpaca yarn, from a spinner in South West England.Picture 016

Available in natural creamy white or as a skein of natural chestnut brown.

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Here are the makers of the yarn – don’t they look cute?

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Alpaca fiber is strong and warm. Each fiber is hollow which makes it incredibly lightweight. Even the most delicate alpaca garments are warm for this reason. Perhaps alpaca’s greatest feature is that it can be worn next to the skin comfortably. The explanation for this is the behavior of the scales on the exterior of the fiber itself. They all lie flat in the same direction, making for a smooth surface.

I’ve knitted up a sample.  The yarn is between aran and chunky weight, and the thickness varies nicely to give a rustic look.  I used 6mm needles for this sample.

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I think it would be great for handwarmers, little neck wraps or other small luxury projects.

I only have a limited quantity available.  It is £8 for 75g, and you can buy it from the Made By Ewe shop.

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About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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