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With back to school on the horizon, it’s time to stock up on your fall and Holiday knitting & spinning stash at 7 Yaks Design !

Back to School Sale

Experience the delight of spinning alpaca!  Luxuriously soft, long, and available in a range of beautiful natural colors, discover why spinners love this fiber.  Alpaca is a long fiber with no crimp, so it doesn’t stretch and bounce the way wool does.  Sheep’s wool contains a lot of lanolin (grease) and most spinners like to scour the wool to remove excess lanolin before they spin it.  Alpaca doesn’t have the same grease content, and it is also hypo-allergenic.

Alpaca is…

Lightweight
Soft Luxurious
Very durable
Hand-washable or dry-cleaned
Little static
No pilling
Dyes well
Blends extremely well with other fibers

Suri Alpaca locks can be long and curly or straight fibers that are silky, very fine and very soft.  There is a wide variety in the color of the fiber such as, white, fawn, reddish brown, gray, dark brown, and black.  Suri Alpaca fiber is ideal for making soft loftier yarns for knitting.  It can also be used for felting.

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Huacaya Alpaca (pronounced wuh-kai-ya) wool is denser than the Suri Alpaca.  It is soft and very easy to spin and felt.
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Hardcarders:
Alpaca can be handcarded, using handcarders with fine teeth to create rolags.  Handcarded alpaca will spin into a soft lofty woollen yarn for knitting.


Drumcarders:

A drumcarder with fine teeth will create large batts for spinning.


Blending With Other Fibers:

Adding 20%-50% wool to alpaca gives the yarn more elasticity.  You can either spin a single of alpaca and one of wool then ply the two together to make a nice woollen yarn, or wool can be added to alpaca before spinning using handcarders or a drumcarder.

Blending 10%-30% mohair will make a fluffy yarn and give it a fuzzy look.  Silk lightly carded into the alpaca will add sparkle to your yarn.  Angora rabbit wool with alpaca makes a luxury yarn.  This yarn will be extremely soft and very warm.

You can use a drumcarder or handcarders to create various shades of alpaca, such as blending black alpaca with white alpaca will produce gray, or any number of colorful blends with dyed alpaca.

Elasticity can also be added to alpaca with nylon fibers such as Snow Mountain or StarbrightFirestar will creates a shimmer in your yarn, similar to the addition of silk.  Since alpaca fiber does not have much elasticity on its own, you will find adding wool or nylon – or some of both, will create a yarn with memory which is especially important when knitting socks!

Uses For Alpaca Yarn:

Alpaca yarn can be used for knitting, weaving, and felting projects – including wet felting and needle felting.

All 7 Yaks Design fibers are hand dyed with professional dyes that are both lightfast and washfast for long lasting, fade resistant color.

7 Yaks Design scored a great deal on raw Alpaca fleece and we are passing the savings on to our loyal customers! (More about that in a second.)

Hmm…
A sale of raw fleece at 7 Yaks Design?

Did you know that Alpaca does not have lanolin making it wonderfully hypoallergenic so that people who are affected by wool will not have a reaction?  The hair shafts are hollow which makes them excellent insulators.  It will keep you warmer than wool in the winter but breathes nicely too.  This soft fleece is great to wear next to the skin!

Raw fleece still needs to be processed to rid it of dust and little pieces of vegetable matter.

Here is a quick tutorial for cleaning the fleece. (Only a minute long.)

And here is a short video showing how to card Alpaca once you have washed it.

Now all you need is the fleece.

From me to you… Enjoy!

We have three Alpaca Fleece colors available.  (Click on the pictures to link to the Etsy offering.)

Light Fawn Color:

Light fawn color Alpaca.

Medium Fawn Color:

Medium Fawn Color Alpaca

Light Brown Alpaca:

Light Brown Alpaca Fleece

We were able to get a good deal on this fleece and we are passing the savings on to you.  Get yours now while they last.

We love Alpaca Fleece.  You will too!

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