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Alpaca vs. Cashmere, what you should know!

There are many differences between alpaca and cashmere. On this blogpost, we will explore those differences, so that next time you buy a sweater or a blanket, you are able to make a more educated decision. Hopefully, after reading this you will then be able to answer this question: Should you choose a sweater in alpaca or cashmere? Softness: When it comes to softness, quality is important. Good quality alpaca, which includes royal and baby alpaca, have about the same thickness as cashmere. The thickness rages between 18-23 microns in this case. Most cashmere falls at 19 microns. This is why it is important that you choose a good quality sweater when you decide to get one. Cheaper options usually...

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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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5 Tips to Pick the New Season’s Fashion Trends that Best Fit You Before You Shop

Back in the old days (I won’t say how old) when I was growing up, there were just a few fashion trends and we all would follow them. Picture this. Big hair and heavily sprayed bangs, a jacket with shoulder pads, and snow-washed jeans. Give or take, the trends back then were few, easy to identify and to follow. Nowadays, however, with the vast amount of information available on the internet, social media, and the existence of big, medium, and smaller designer brand options on and offline, there are a lot of fashion trends that people follow every season. It can be overwhelming! Especially, for those busy women who are juggling a family, a career, and other activities. So, how...

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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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