The properties of Alpaca Yarn
Alpaca is a soft, silky and durable fibre with unique thermal properties due to microscopic air bubbles found inside the hair. These bubbles allow the user to “breathe” through the fibres on hot days and in much the same way, to retain body heat in cold climates. It is also elastic and not inflammable. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic.
About The Beanie
Because of the alpaca our beanies are super warm! Although they are light, alpaca makes them incredibly warm, even when they get wet. In fact, they are our go-to yarn for winter knits because we know that they will keep us cozy. Alpaca also has great moisture wicking properties.
Our beanies are classically spun, made from untreated yarn, in 100% eco-friendly yarn. Untreated yarn means that the fibers are only washed, and not exposed to any chemical treatment prior to the dyeing. This enhances the yarns best qualities, while it provides also a better shape and texture quality.
Alpaca is eco-friendly
Alpacas are considered some of the “greenest” animals around. Their adaptations for living in harsh environments like the Andes give them a light eco-footprint: soft pads in place of hooves leave terrain undamaged, and their efficient eating habits result in greatly reduced water and acreage needs relative to other grazing animals.
Alpaca is also sustainable because an alpaca can produce fleece throughout its life without being harmed. When late spring arrives in the Andes (late fall here in the Northern Hemisphere) and the weather warms up, alpaca ranchers shear their animals for their annual “clip.” While alpacas don’t usually enjoy the shearing process itself, they are noticeably more comfortable after their annual “haircut.”
Taking care of the product
- Fill a clean sink with cold water and mild liquid detergent. Do not use chlorine bleach or harsh cleaners.
- Soak the garment for 3 to 5 minutes, gently squeezing the suds through the garment. Avoid twisting, wringing or scrubbing.
- Rinse the garment twice in clean, cold water and gently squeeze out the excess. Avoid creating wrinkles and distortion.
- Place the garment on a dry towel and reshape (do not hang to dry). Let it dry away from sunlight and direct heat. Steam after if necessary.
- Lay the garment between two towels, roll up the towels and set it aside for a few minutes.
- If the garment is wrinkled after drying, you can steam it lightly with an iron, or simply hang it up in the bathroom, run the shower, and let the steam ease away the creases.