The fineness of our Baby Alpaca gives a downy blur to the finished yarn, making it feel much like cashmere. This yarn is incomparable in their softness and have been a part of the Dyeworks for over a decade and are a staple for our customers. Now we are offering it to our Weaver Creek Customers, so that you will have great success with them, as well. This yarn is made with 100% of the finest alpaca fiber, rated at approximately 22 microns, which makes for delightfully soft yarn. This comes on approximately one kilo cones, which translates to about 2.2 pounds. 3/9 nm is three ply and approximately 1491 yards per pound. Made in Peru.
Alpacas are members of the camelid family and originate in the Andes mountains in South America. There are two types, Suri and Huacaya; Suris are much rarer than Huacayas comprising only about 10% of the alpaca population. Alpacas are much smaller than llamas, standing about 3 feet tall and weighing about 100-180 pounds. Alpacas are delicate in appearance with a gentle disposition. They are a one coated animal (lacking the guard hair that most llamas have) and grow about 5-8 pounds of fiber a year, at a rate of about 3.5 inches per year. Their gestation period is 335 days, and females normally give birth once a year to a baby (cria) that weighs 10-19 pounds. Their life span is about 15-20 years.
Baby Alpaca yarn is shinier, smoother, stronger and several times warmer than wool. It is also heavier and less elastic than wool. It is easily dyed while still retaining its natural luster.
Wholesale samples packages are $25. If you want a sample package or information about our fibers, email us at [email protected]. In your email, please include your company name, contact information including email address and telephone number, the nature of your business and your seller's permit number.
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