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Old 12-26-2009, 08:14 AM   #1
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alpaca for soakers?

I have a skein of beroco ultra alpaca which is a 50-50 wool alpaca blend. Would this work for a soaker? I'd hate to knit it up then realize I wasted the yarn....

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Re: alpaca for soakers?

It would work, but alpaca doesn't hold shape very well. It is fine once on
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Re: alpaca for soakers?

Yeah, what she said. I have a ton of merino/alpaca and what I've noticed it A.) it doesn't hold its shape as well as other wools, though it seems to get its shape back with a washing, B.) it pills more than others, but this might just be the merino and C.) the alpaca is sometimes long fiber that pokes out. I just pick those off if they're noticeable.
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Re: alpaca for soakers?

Alpaca is pretty fuzzy. However it is very soft, warm and not itchy like wool. Having the wool/alpaca blend of yarn works great for soakers. Alpaca does not naturally have lanolin, but you can wash just like all the other wool with lanolin and it does not hurt it...in fact it makes it really soft. Here's a pair of 100% alpaca longies we use:
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:12 AM   #5
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Re: alpaca for soakers?

Ooooh....100% alpaca, yes! I have a TON laying around I never figured out what to turn into, good to know that's another option. *excited* Thanks for the input!

ETA: Do you have the pattern for those longies? Supercute...

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Re: alpaca for soakers?

It is based on the tiny birds pattern, but I didn't use the same waistband. Instead I put elastic in there.
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Re: alpaca for soakers?

Thats interesting about the lanolin! I never thought about it.

I was dying some merino earlier and it wouldn't absorb the dye at ALL until I washed it first. The alpaca mix though always took dye without being washed, though not as bright. Now I know why
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