Alpaca wool is well renowned for its soft and luxurious feel. It is an absolute delight to knit or crochet with and will result in a very high-quality garment that will stand the test of time. Alpaca wool has been considered the most durable on earth since ancient times. Legend has it that it was even used to form bridges over deep canyons in South America.
Alpaca wool is an animal fibre that’s been used by humans for thousands of years. Alpaca fibre is very soft and incredibly warm. Is has many great properties, but some key benefits of alpaca wool are:
Exquisitely soft, very tough, elastic and durable
Naturally hypo-allergenic and will not cause itching when wearing
Water repellent, stain-free and fire-resistant properties
The different types of alpaca wool
You might hear alpaca talked about in different ways. While most alpaca is from the Huacaya breed of alpaca, you will often also see Suri alpaca and baby alpaca.
Suri alpaca is fibre from the Suri breed of alpaca. This breed has a coat made from long ringlets of fibre. The fibre from these animals is long and silky, which will create a shiny yarn with excellent drape.
Baby alpaca just refers to an alpaca fibre that has had all the long, coarse hairs removed. This creates a superior fibre that is incredibly soft. It doesn’t come from baby animals.
Alpaca yarn FAQs
Where does alpaca wool come from?
Historically, alpacas were bred in South America. They were an important part of Incan culture, and their fibre was used by South American communities for thousands of years. Today, alpacas can be found all around the world including North America, Europe, and Australia.
Is alpaca wool itchy?
Alpaca is very soft and naturally hypo-allergenic. Most people will not find it itchy to wear against the skin.
Is alpaca wool ethical? And is alpaca wool vegan?
Alpaca is an animal fibre. The fibre is obtained by shearing the animal’s coat once a year when it starts to get warm outside. This is done without hurting the animal, and the alpaca will quickly grow a new coat for the winter.
Why choose Yarn Worx?
We only stock materials that we know and love to use. Browse from our fine range of ethically sourced alpaca knitting wool today and invest in a premium quality yarn for your next project! Should you wish to stock up, we can offer you free UK delivery for all orders over £75!
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