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Why is Alpaca considered a sustainable fiber?

Few people know that alpaca is in fact considered a sustainable fiber. What do we mean by that? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, alpaca is a sustainable fiber because alpacas coexist harmoniously in their natural habitat. They do not destroy the ecosystem of the natural grasslands where they live, but rather have a symbiotic relationship with the places they inhabit in the Andes.  How does this happen? Well, alpaca herds are easy on the land, because alpaca’s feet have a soft pad similar to a dog. Thanks to that, they do not disturb grass root systems of the swampy areas they inhabit. Alpacas eat the grass that grows at high altitudes. When they do so, they trap the...

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3 Myths About Alpaca Wool

Alpaca wool has become popular in recent years. We are starting to see that alpaca products are being offered by many big brands, several independent designers, and small retailers. Alpaca, however, is much less known than wool and cashmere to many. Some people prefer not to buy alpaca products, because they have heard some myths about alpaca that make it very undesirable. In this post, I want to tackle 3 of these myths about alpaca wool or fleece that may help bring out the truth about them, so that you, as a customer, are better informed about alpaca and its benefits. Hopefully, this will help you make educated decisions about your purchases, especially now that the cooler months are ahead...

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Alpaca, a Gift from the Gods

  I’ve heard there is an old precolonial Legend that tells how Alpacas were handed to man by the Gods. In this story, the Gods placed the first alpacas in a mountain high up in the Andes as a gift to man, with the condition that they’d be treated kindly. I wasn’t able to trace the roots of this story, but I like it and I find it romantic! What I was able to find from more concise sources[1], was that Alpacas were domesticated in the Andes about 8500 A.D. That is a LONG time AGO! Overtime, Alpacas became a fundamental part of the economic activity of the Andean People and the Inca Empire. Even today, alpaca and llama herding...

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How to Fix a Snag on your Alpaca or Wool Sweater

In this blog-post, I want to show you how to fix a snag on most knitwear. Some garments are very delicate, and you may end up snagging them with your jewelry or something sharp or pointy. When this happens, some people decide to cut the loop off the sweater. This is the biggest mistake you can make! If you do that, eventually a hole will appear where you cut the yarn off. To fix your alpaca sweater or any other wool garment, all you need is a few minutes and a knit-quick hook. If you don’t have one, you can get one for less than $2 at one of the stores that offers knitwear supplies. After all, $2 is not...

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How to Remove Pilling from your Garment

Let's talk about pilling! You bought a beautiful alpaca sweater you love and used it a few times. You wanted to wear it again and you saw that your sweater started getting some pilling – pilling is the little fuzz balls that appear on the wool, generally in the places where there’s friction, such as under your arms and on your chest, if you wear a jacket on top of the sweater. At this point, you think the sweater you bought is not very good quality because it is showing pilling so soon! Oh no! Disaster! But wait, the first thing to keep in mind is that pilling occurs because there are short fibers in the yarn used to make...

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