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Alpaca yarn for sale
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
Everybody loves alpaca!
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Alpaca Fiber Study by AOBA
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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 chemicals.
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, damp conditions.
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
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 the world.
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
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 and
Alpaca Fancy in Eugene, firstname.lastname@example.org