New into the shop today is this yummy handspun alpaca yarn, from a spinner in South West England.
Available in natural creamy white or as a skein of natural chestnut brown.
Here are the makers of the yarn – don’t they look cute?
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.
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.