Gorgeous Alpacas

Limited Edition DK 100% Alpaca Yarn - from our own alpacas

Collection of 100% limited edition 2021 yarn

Gorgeous Alpacas

Limited Edition DK 100% Alpaca Yarn - from our own alpacas

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Description

This yarn is  from our own small herd so limited to just a few kilos per year. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity

  • Detailed Description
    Blend: 100% Alpaca
    Size:4/9Nm giving 225m (245 yards) per 100g
    Ball size:50g (112m) as standard but can provide in larger balls on request
    Tension:Using 4.5mm (UK 7, US7) = 19 sts x 27 rows

    Care Instructions

    Hand washing: Use lukewarm water and a specialist wool detergent. Hair conditioner in the final rinse will add extra softness. When washing and rinsing squeeze the garment rather than rubbing. Gently squeeze out excess water before rolling in a towel. Lay flat to dry.

    Washing machines: Modern machines with delicate programme at 20C using a wool delicate detergent.

  • Delivery

    Free delivery orders over £40 : Only £3.50 orders under £40. Ships same day if ordered before noon.

  • Returns Policy

    No quibble returns, and we pay all costs of return - just contact us if you would like to return or exchange any item

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What's so unique about alpaca yarn

Firstly, it's about the alpacas

Although all the yarn we sell comes from alpacas living in the UK, alpacas were originally bred by Incas in the mountains of Peru, where the temperatures regularly swing from -18C at night to +20C during the day. So the alpacas developed to survive. The fibre has a unique hollow quality, and the trapped air expands and contracts with the temperature.




What that means for us

This means it keeps you warm when it's cold, but keeps you cool when it's hot.

It's also naturally water-repellent. As evidence, we wear our hats in the rain and come in with totally dry hair ... so finally, knitwear that you can wear in wind, rain and sunshine!

What else

Alpaca yarn is popular because it’s so soft, durable, luxurious and silky. In fact, it's stronger than mohair, finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, softer than cotton, warmer than goosedown, and more breathable than thermal knits. While it's similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic.

Knitting for Mental Health

The power of crafts and creativity to improve our mental and physical well-being are well proven, and most knitters will, when asked, say they love it because it helps them relax or because they love what the make. Here's some of the research that supports them:

  • Knitting lowers the heart rate by an average of 11 beats per minute
Harvard Medical School, Mind & Body Institute 2011
  • Knitting reduces loneliness and increases our sense of usefulness and inclusion
The Mayo Clinic 2011
  • Knitting improves cognitive skills & reduces memory loss
The Mayo Clinic 2011
  • 83% knitters & crochetiers say that the biggest benefit of learning the skill is a sense of accomplishment
The Craft Council

The Sustainable Story

  1. Alpacas themselves: like deer, they are ruminants, which means they cut grass rather than tearing it out from the roots like a sheep and goat. 
  2. The yarn: because it contains no lanolin it can be processed at low temperatures and without harsh chemicals. 
  3. All our yarn is either from our own alpacas or other UK based alpacas. We do not ship yarn from anywhere else in the world.