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Alpaca yarn for sale
Skeins are approximately 170 yds,
$10.50-$14.70/skein plus postage.
Kamatee: deep black, bright, soft.
Skeins are approximately 170 yds,
Sport/DK weight. Sold out.
$14-$19.20/skein plus postage.
Sunny: off-white, the color of Beach
Sand. Skeins are approximately 175
yards. $17-$20/skein plus postage.
Ambrosia: dyed Orange Sherbet.
Skeins are approximately 175 yds,
1.5 oz - 3.75 oz,
$16-$24 plus postage.
Ice Crystal: dyed Lake Blue. Skeins
are approximately 170 yds, 2.1-2.25
oz, $17-$18 plus postage.
Suri yarn is silky, highly lustrous,
with no elasticity, but a beautiful
Venetia: natural bright white.
Skeins are approximately 175 yards,
3.1-3.6 oz, $22-$25/skein, plus
Geisha: dyed Peony Blush and
Skeins are approximately 175 yds,
2.75-3 oz, DK weight.
$18-$21 plus postage.
Geisha: I asked the mill to spin this
yarn as fine as possible.
Skeins are approximately 1.4 oz (40
gr), 180 yds, 32 wpi.
The blue is slightly lighter than the
$12/skein plus postage.
Copper Fire: deep rich red-brown, a
little finer than Sport weight. Skeins
are approximately 170 yds, 1.9 oz.
When our label says 100% alpaca,
that is just what it means. The
regulations in South America may
allow up to 30% other fiber in
And of course, when you buy North
American yarn, you are supporting
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Prices do not include postage.
Hand Painted Huacaya Yarn -
our fleece into Royal Fiber Spinnery's
Click on "Sport Weight" or "DK
Weight" for photos.
approx 3 oz, 250 yards, 2 ply.
$20 plus postage.
shades reminiscent of the
- Anazasi: fawn yarn dyed with
dyed with jewel tones of blue,
- Dragon's Treasure: grey yarn
gold, green, red, lavender.
sunrise, snow, the dark green
of the trees.
cool and dark green, deep blue.
deep denim blue with subtle
approx 3.5 oz, 250 yards, 2 ply.
$21 plus postage.
lavender, a hint of green.
- Garden Cosmos: pink, bluish
green, and blue. Sold out.
- Impatiens: pink, turquoise,
fuchsia, blue, gold, purple.
Everybody loves alpaca!
From SpinOff Magazine:
Download a free guide to
spinning wool, focusing on
Wensleydale, and Jacob
Watch a video on hand-carding:
Alpaca Fiber Study by AOBA
Results are Here!
An Overview of the AOBA Alpaca Fiber Study
What we can say about alpaca fiber:
Alpaca is flame resistant, meeting the standards of the US Consumer Product Safety
Commission's rigid testing specifications as a Class 1 fiber for use in clothing and
Alpaca is water resistant, making spills easy to clean up before water saturates the
fiber allowing stain to develop. It is also absorbent to oils, meaning that the oils do not
penetrate the fibers, but merely cling to the fiber for easy cleaning without harsh
Alpaca is resistant to external water penetration like wool, but can slowly wick away
perspiration because of its unique ability to act like cotton in moisture regain. These
factors are what makes alpaca feel lighter than wool, but warmer than cotton in cool,
Alpaca is free of lanolin, and thus can be processed without the need for high
temperatures or harsh chemicals in washing.
Alpaca is a natural renewable fiber with a wide range of applications.
...from our own animals
...from our national alpaca fiber co-op;
natural colors, grown and
processed in North America.
3.5 oz (100 gr), 220 yds.
70% huacaya alpaca/30% merino.
Rose grey, fawn, charcoal, silver
$14 plus postage.
60% suri alpaca/40% merino.
Cream, worsted or lace weight.
$18 plus postage.
At the Beach: Custom dyed shades
of blue, 70% alpaca, 30% merino.
$20 plus postage
Lace weight yarn can be knit at a wide
gauge range, depending on how open or lacy
a fabric you want. Needles range from as
small as #00000 to #8; crochet hooks are in
the steel range.
18 or more wpi (wraps per inch), 1000 or
more yards per pound.
Fingering weight yarn is often used for baby
items, socks, and awe inspiring Fair Isle
patterns. Fingering weight is sometimes
listed as "baby yarn" and is about double the
weight of lace yarn. It also works well for a
lace shawl with a bit of substance.
Needle size #1-3, 16 wpi, 900-1000 or more
Sport weight yarn and DK (double knitting)
weight yarn are often viewed as
interchangeable, but they do have a slight
difference. Sport weight yarn is a tiny bit
lighter or finer than DK weight.
Use these weights for socks, accessories,
shawls, wraps, and heirloom sweaters like
those inspired by Norwegian ski clothing.
Sport 14 wpi; 800-900 yards/pound.
DK 13 wpi; 600-800 yards/pound.
Worsted weight yarn is the most widely
available weight of yarn and the most
frequently used. At double the weight of
fingering yarn, worsted weight yarn is great
for knitters of all skill levels and can be
worked into nearly anything. Heavy worsted
weight is just a hair heavier than plain old
worsted weight. Good for the same range of
projects as worsted weight.
12 wpi; 400-600 yards/pound.
Bulky weight yarn is about twice as thick as
worsted weight yarn. The greatest part
about bulky weight is that it can be worked
up quickly on large needles. For those who
want instant knitting gratification, try a
project with bulky weight yarn. Use for
sweaters, throws, felted items, or home
10 wpi; 300-400 yards/pound.
Super bulky is the ultimate for making fast
knits. At 2 stitches per inch, you could knit up
a small project in a couple of hours; a larger
project in a few days.
8 or fewer wpi; less than 300 yards/pound.
"Is Alpaca the new luxury
textile?" asks this article.
Well, of course - except that
alpaca as luxury fiber is 6000
Even in the Northern
Hemisphere, it's 200 years old
as a commercial fiber.
International Yarn Standards
To standardize the naming of alpaca yarn,
the AOA (Alpaca Owners Association) Fiber
and Fiber Products Committee, along with
the AOA Board, recommend the adoption of
the International Yarn Standards as created
by the Craft Yarn Council. This standard
represents a language that is universally
recognized by knitters and crocheters around
Numerical identification will replace the
common practice of identifying yarn based on
names such as “fingering weight.” The
numerical naming system categorizes yarn by
its diameter and assigns a number from zero
to seven, with zero being the finest.
It is standard for designers worldwide to
recommend the correct size of yarn for their
patterns and projects. The adoption of these
standards will allow yarn sellers to
communicate more effectively with their
customers while recommending the correct
yarn for a specific pattern.
Communication with mills will also improve as
it will eliminate the confusion of identifying
yarn weights by name. Mill owners will simply
follow the standards for categorizing yarn
and supply you with the appropriate
For more information regarding the
International Yarn Standards visit www.
craftyarncouncil.com/label.html and www.
1 ounce = 28 grams
50 grams = 1.75 ounces
Our fleece, roving, and yarn is on
consignment at Alpacas of Oregon
in Sherwood: 503-348-6954.