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There are many joys to knitting, from making something truly special for someone special, to being able to escape from the hectic modern world. However, another great joy is the ability to work with exciting wools and fibres. Slotting perfectly into this category is alpaca wool and yarn, offering luxury and function in one.
What makes alpaca fibres quite so special is the fleece produced by these wonderful animals. Dense, soft and strong, it is no surprise that it is used by some of the best fashion houses in the world. It also has a great feature in that it is a wonderful insulator, being a hair rather than an actual wool. This makes it perfect for clothing to be worn at any time of the year.
Alpaca wool and yarn is also three times the strength of standard sheep's wool and it doesn’t pill, making it ideal to work into delicate and fine items. Despite this though, it remains extremely hard wearing, yet soft, silky and, obviously, woolly.
Alpaca wool and yarn from the big brands
With the popularity of alpaca yarns today, it is little surprise that all the big names in the knitting sphere offer it in their collections. Produced by the likes of Debbie Bliss and Jeanette Sloan, there are also some wonderful patterns made exclusively to get the best results from this wonderful wool.
One design house which has really exploited the very best of alpaca wool and yarn is Rowan. Its alpaca cotton is a very affordable blended yarn, for example, which gives a lightweight yet still chunky finished item. For the lap of luxury though, the Rowan Alpaca Chunky is incredibly soft and comforting to snuggle into.
Here at Black Sheep Wools, we offer a stunning range of wools and yarns from all leading designers. Whether looking for alpaca or acrylic, we have it all at sensible prices, meaning you can get those needles out whenever the mood strikes.