100% BABY ALPACA, SURI, ALPACA SUPERFINE
SILKPACA, BRUSHED ALPACA, NATURAL BLENDS
ALPACAS ON THE FARM NEAR AREQUIPA, PERU. Photography © Irene & Mr. Sheep Co.
Alpaca is a natural wool derived from the long silky fleece of Alpaca. The Alpaca is a large domesticated mammal of the South American camelid family, which also includes the Llama, Vicuña, and Guanaco. Alpaca is traditionally a natural yarn, but can also be manufactured from rayon and cotton mixes. There are two types of Alpaca fibers: the Huacaya, which is crimpy and quite dense, and the Suri - the straighter, longer, and more lustrous. Alpaca fiber is softer, warmer, and stronger than sheep wool, yet is light weight. Huacaya alpacas comprise approximately 90% of the alpaca population, and the Suri are the remaining 10%. "Similar to other species, there is crossbreeding between Huacayas and Suri. Sometimes these unions make a beautiful babies like the Goldendoodle!"
The Largest Sweater in the World: "Proving that record-seeking is a truly international sport, Peruvian stitchers have gotten into the act. During the summer, they knit up 1,800 knitted swatches that were joined into a massive 40-by-40 cm sweater, three times larger than the previous Largest Sweater in the World. The sweater, unveiled in Lima during World Wide Knit in Public Week, was sponsored by Peru's Education Ministry and Coats Cadena; the individual pieces will be converted into ponchos that will be sent to children who live in the Andean highlands to stave off the extreme cold there." - Source: Yarn Market News.
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