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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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Does Baby Alpaca come from Alpaca Babies?

Times have changed a lot since I started in the alpaca business in 2003. Back then, alpaca wasn’t as popular as it is now in the US, Europe, and Asia. It seems that 16 years later, consumers are much more knowledgeable about alpacas and alpaca products, but the question still pops up frequently: Does the Baby Alpaca used to make our garments and bedding come from Alpaca Babies? Sometimes, when people ask this question, they do it in a reproaching manner which shows what they are thinking: “are your products made with fiber that comes from killing baby alpacas???” Well, the answer is NO. But let me explain. When the technical term “baby alpaca” was first used many decades ago,...

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