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Date: 2/3/13 3:43 PM

Has anyone here done any knitting with Alpaca yarn? We have an Alpaca farm not far from us and they carry yarn. It's rather pricey, but I wouldn't mind making something small to see how it handles. They even have what they call an 8 ply.

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Date: 2/3/13 3:57 PM

A few ladies that I encountered that knitted with yarn. Said Its warm!!!! So if you do anything try a scarf or mittens. I bought some alpaca fabric that is warm. Just try it.

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Date: 2/3/13 5:35 PM

I've made several things from it, in from sockweight up to worsted weight yarn--a jacket, a shawl, and a couple of scarves. It is very, very soft and slippery, so I found that wooden needles were best for keeping the stitches from sliding off.

The second thing is that it is not a crisp, springy, or elastic fabric. If you wanted to be unkind, you could say that it's kind of limp, but 'drapey' would be more polite. I wouldn't make a sweater with sharp or tailored lines from this yarn.

Alpaca feels wonderful on the body, and it is very warm for its weight, just as cashmere is.

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Date: 2/3/13 5:58 PM

Thank you so much for responding. They have what they call a sport weight and it looks like it would be about a chunky 5. I've never heard of an 8 ply. Can anyone enlighten me on that? Oh and they are asking $12-$18 per skein. Does this sound right?

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Date: 2/3/13 6:56 PM

Price is right. I knitted with Misti Alpaca yarn a few times. Super soft and warm I love it! It has poor recovery so tends to stretch out of shape. It does better as a blend with some wool . There are also some beautiful blends with silk.

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Date: 2/3/13 11:14 PM

It's soft and warm.

When I die, I want to be buried with several skeins of alpaca/silk yarn.....

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Date: 2/4/13 3:07 PM

I've knitted quite a few hats and mittens with alpaca. It's 8 times warmer than wool, and everyone who has worn the hats loves them. It's a wonderful fiber!

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Date: 2/4/13 8:48 PM

My alltime favorite thing to wear in the house during the winter is a messed up shawl I knitted with alpaca yarn. There are many dropped stitches and loops, but I love that shawl. Why? Because even though it was knitted on size 19 needles, it's so incredibly warm!

I paid about $13 a skein for it on ebay.

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Date: 2/5/13 10:09 AM

After reading the posts, I think I'll start "small". Maybe a scarf. If it stretches out of shape it won't matter much.

I really do want to support this Alpaca Farm. They had an awful tragedy in 2012. Lost most of their lovely Alpacas to a dog attack.

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Date: 2/6/13 8:48 PM

Is there really anything I could add? I'm addicted to alpaca and fabric. Alpaca is my fave yarn!

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