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Oooh, spoil me with softness!! 
​​​​​​​Winter has flown by, and while I don't want to wish away time, I do look forward to T-Shirt and Jeans weather.   This fall and winter, I've brought in some really NICE yarns.  High quality royal (King) alpaca, merino, silk ‑‑ all the oooh, spoil me blends!  And along the way I started thinking about allergies and softness.  

Allergies?

Are you allergic to sheep wool, or lanolin, or are some wools just too rough and make you itch?    Throughout the years, I've made friends with many customers who have wool allergies.   Over time I've observed that some are truly allergic to sheep wool.  Some have a lanolin allergy.  And some just can't tolerate rough and raw wools.  I fall into this last category.  When I start to warm up, the prickliness begins!  

Alpaca is extremely soft and without lanolin.  If it is just the itchiness that bothers you, alpaca is not prickly. 

Waterproof?

Lanolin in wool is what helps to keep it waterproof or water-resistant.  Sheeps' wool has lanolin and is highly desired for hunters or anyone who works outdoors in all sorts of weather.  Alpaca has no lanolin.   So if you have a lanolin allergy, use alpaca.  But beware: it doesn't repel water as well as wool.

 Baby and Royal Alpaca Softness?

Sheeps' wool and alpaca softness is graded by microns.  We see Baby Alpaca often in our yarns.  Baby Alpaca has fibers between 19-21 microns in diameter.  Cascade's Baby Alpaca Chunky falls in this range.  Alpaca that is 19 microns and finer is often referred to as Royal Alpaca.   Araucania's Alpaka Reina falls in this range.  When my Araucania yarn rep pulled this yarn out of her bag, and I touched it, I thought it was angora.  That is how soft it felt.  Both Baby and Royal Alpaca don't cause that prickly itch.​​​​​​​

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Araucania Alpaka Reina

This one is at the top of my list as far as "oooh, spoil me with softness."   My project is feeling more like angora than alpaca . . . it's just that soft! 

Extra-Fine King Alpaca, is the term used for 19-micron (and finer) Royal Alpaca.  One of the finest grades of Alpaca fiber in the world.

Note on gauge:  We sampled this yarn on US 8 needles with 4.5 sts per inch, perfect for drapey cowls, scarves and shawls.  We would probably use US 7 for hats, and for a pullover, maybe even US 6 to get firm body for a long-wearing garment.

The image above is a cowl I've been designing-along-the-way.   I lost my favorite wool-silk cowl over the holidays.  I sure hope whoever found it realizes what a great cowl they have inherited!  I've decided to replace it with Alpaka Reina.   This yarn is very tolerable to being ripped out over and over. The blue portion was ripped out twice already.  Can't tell, can you?  

YARN DETAILS

  • Composition: 100% King Alpaca
  • Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
  • Approx: 219 yds
  • Size: 4 - Worsted
  • Knitting Machine: Silver Reed LK150 
  • Knitting Needle Size: US 7 - 9 / 4.5 - 5.5 mm
  • Knitting Gauge: 4 - 5  sts = 1"
  • Crochet Hook Size: 7 / 4.50 mm - I-9 / 5.50 mm
  • Crochet Gauge: 11-14 sc using I-9 (5.5mm) to K-10.5 (6.5mm)
  • Care: Hand wash in cold water, dry flat, do not bleach
  • Spun in Bolivia
  • Put-Up: hank.
See More Colors of Alpaka Reina

Mirasol - Sulka Legato - NEW COLORS

Sulka Legato is a particular favorite of mine, and certainly falls into the "oooh, spoil me with softness" category.   It just oozes luxury.   This fingering weight blend is soooo silky and soft.   But don't let that light weight fool you!   With 20% silk, it will keep you warm!

The composition is 60% Merino Wool, 20% Alpaca, 20% Silk.  It is extremely lightweight and will tuck well into your wool coat, yet the blend will keep you super warm.  The personality of Sulka Legato is rich, rich, rich and our sample here in the store always causes those who handle to say "Oh, my!"

So, in the process of working on this newsletter, I made sure our website is up-to-date.  And OMG, there are 8 more colors I didn't know of.  I've got them all up on the website, but didn't have enough time to get the stock in.   So drop me an email, if there's something you want, but is out-of-stock!

YARN DETAILS

  • Composition: 60% Merino Wool, 20% Alpaca, 20% Silk
  • Weight: 50 g / 1.75 oz
  • Approx: 274 yds
  • Size: 1-Fingering
  • Knitting Needle Size: US 1 - 3 / 2.25 - 3.25 mm
  • Knitting Gauge: 7 sts = 1" (10 cm)
  • Crochet Hook Size: C / 2.75 mm (D / 3.25 mm, E / 3.50 mm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 25 sc = 4" (10 cm) (23 sc = 4" (10 cm), 22 sc = 4" (10 cm)
  • Made in Peru
  • Care: Hand wash cool. Dry flat.
  • Skein: Hank

From the US Importer:  And all this luxury comes with the extra benefit of knowing that you are contributing to supporting the children of Peruvian alpaca shepherds. The Mirasol Project, named after a little girl who helped tend a herd of alpaca near Lake Titicaca, was set up in 2006 by the Michell family. It aims to raise enough money through the sale of Mirasol yarns and wool to start to combat the extreme poverty these children face and help provide them with better futures.
A portion of every purchase is dedicated directly to funding a school in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno to educate the children of the shepherds (visit www.mirasolperu.com).​​​​​​​Insert text here

See More Colors of Sulka Legato

Cascade Yarns - Llamerino

Baby Llama is really soft, and sometimes it feels softer than alpaca.   But Cascade's blend with merino really makes this a yarn that certainly falls into the "oooh, spoil me with softness" category. Cascade's claim to fame is their great quality at even greater prices.  Llamerino's $14 price tag for 291 yards in a 100gr hank just keeps with their great tradition.

This luscious blend of Baby Llama and Merino Wool comes in a great range of colors.  At a
​​​​​​​2-Sport Weight, this yarn is perfect for color work without getting too thick.  This all-season yarn is great for lace work, cables, color work and more.   It is the perfect weight for soft, supple crochet projects.  Llama fiber's ability to wick moisture, dry without using external heat, remain warm when wet, and higher warmth to weight ratio, make it a superior, cold weather fiber.

Click through to see a fun hat called Broderie Hat with an unusual design that uses 1 skein.   

YARN DETAILS

  • Composition: 50% Baby Llama, 50% Merino Wool
  • Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
  • Approx: 291 yds / 267 m
  • Size: 2 - Sport
  • Knitting Machine: Silver Reed SK280 and SK840 standard gauge machines or Silver Reed LK150 mid-gauge.
  • Knitting Needle Size: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Knitting Gauge: 6 sts = 1"
  • Crochet Hook Size: G - 7 (4.0 - 4.50 mm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 17-18 sc = 4" 
  • Care: Hand Wash Cold. Lay Flat to Dry.
  • Product of: Bolivia
  • Put-Up: Hank
See More Colors of Llamerino

Cascade's new (!!) Heritage Stripes and Prints are in!  

​​​​​​​Just arrived on our dock, the newest release in Cascade's Heritage Sock line.   For 2 years we've brought you the Heritage Prints, and now we have all the newest shades of the "Prints," as well as the new "Stripes."  We will have them up online soon, but if you just can't wait....you have our number!! 

The quick shot shown below are only 2/3rds of the colors!

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