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Fingering Yarn Fans, your input requested

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    Fingering Yarn Fans, your input requested

    Hi all...I have a herd of 33 alpacas and produce yarns which I hand dye and sell on Etsy (shameless plug ). I currently have DK and Sport weight but am now thinking of having fingering weight made either instead of or as well as.
    I am trying to decide whether to do a straight alpaca yarn, or some type of a blend.
    Any input you have would be greatly appreciated.
    Happy trails,
    Diana
    Happy trails, Diana

    #2
    One of my knitting students raises alpacas and has their fleece milled into yarn. She showed me a skein of an alpaca/bamboo blend that was stunning. Bamboo's drape echoes that of alpaca, so for her product I feel it was a good choice. I would definitely buy such a yarn in a fingering weight.
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      #3
      I would be most likely to purchase a blend. Softness of alpaca, plus a little 'structural' boost from some wool, best of both worlds!

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        #4
        I also would like the option of a blend. For a shawl alpaca would be fine.
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          #5
          Thank all! Bamboo is a great blending fiber, provides the sheen of silk without the expense and the added drape as well. I have also knit with an alpaca/tencel blend and it is also very nice!
          Happy trails, Diana

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          • Char
            Char commented
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            Isn’t this a wonderful group?

          #6
          I’m throwing in my .02. I would prefer a blend. I love alpaca blends. They are so soft and warm!!

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            #7
            @dekpass...any thoughts on what you would like for a blend
            Happy trails, Diana

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              #8
              rollinge How about cotton/alpaca blend? I saw a Pima cotton and alpaca yarn that was beautiful.

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                #9
                If the project is small, like a cowl, I love pure alpaca. But I have found that pure alpaca drapes well but stretches out for shawls and needs to be re-blocked.

                Now because alpaca is warmer than wool, a fingering weight would be nice for a more open fabric. I personally love just a touch of silk or wool (that has a close micron count and fiber legnth to avoid pilling and shedding), but just a touch.

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                • rollinge
                  rollinge commented
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                  love2knit I have not knit a shawl with 100% alpaca, so really appreciate your experience with it. I do love the silk blend as it provides wonderful sheen and drape. I recently used a fingering yarn that was a 50/50 blend of alpaca and tencel which I loved working with. The tencel provided the sheen of silk but without the cost. It was quite slippery and I think if I used it again, I would have worked it with wooden needles.

                #10
                Thanks all for the input!!
                Happy trails, Diana

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                  #11
                  I think a fingering alpaca would be great for shawls. But for socks, I'd blend it with wool or bamboo.

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                    #12
                    Thanks Callie...I am thinking that no matter the blend, alpaca probably wont work for socks, but definately shawls !!
                    Happy trails, Diana

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                      #13
                      I think alpaca is great for sweaters too but I'm not a big fan of trying to knit a sweater from fingering yarns. I hope your venture turns out really well for you!

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                        #14
                        Thanks Callie. I agree it is great for sweaters, but since it tends to "grow" in something like a sweater, blending it with something like wool would help. If you are interested, you can take a look at my Etsy shop to see the DK yarns I have been selling. I really prefer the fingering myself but we will see how things go. Thanks so much for your input!
                        Happy trails, Diana

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