FAQ


See below for frequently asked questions….

 

  1. I noticed all your yarns have “Grade”, what does that mean?  Just like human hair alpacas and other animals have either course or fine fiber.  To add variety we also purchase fleece from other ranches.  To ensure the highest quality product offered we sort and grade all fleeces according to two criteria, length and fineness.  This process   Length is 2 to 3 inches for the length of the fiber this is represented by the “L” and over 3 inches this is represented by the “R”. 

GRADE

MICRON

NAME

Grade #1

>20 microns

Ultra Fine

Grade #2

20.0 – 22.9

Super Fine

Grade #3

23.0 – 25.9

Fine

Grade #4

26.0 – 28.9

Medium

Grade #5

29.0 – 32.0

Intermediate

Grade #6

32.1 – 35.0

Robust

 

  1. What about dye lots?  All of our dyed yarns are dyed on the ranch in batches or better yet large kettles.  When you purchase from us in person we will open up the skeins so that you can see if the colors coordinate well.  If you buy from us over the internet we do the same thing, ensuring that the yarns will match up or gradate appropriately.  If you need more yarn we suggest that you send us a sample of what you purchased and we will do our best to match it to the newest yarn you are purchasing.  However, when in doubt we recommend alternating skeins, this will even out any possible differences in the yarns and avoid pooling or abrupt transitions in color.  For projects knit flat we suggest working 2 to 3 rows from one ball and then 2 to 3 rows from another, carrying the yarn loosely up the side.  For a project knit in the round, you can knit one round from one ball and then the other, again carrying the yarn up the back of the work.   
  2. Do natural colors have variations in them?  The short answer is yes.  We recommend doing the same thing for skeins knit in color, see question 2. 
  3. How do I care for Alpaca fiber?  Any garment made in Alpaca should be treated the same as a wool garment.  Hand wash in cool water with mild soap.  Avoid hot water, agitation or harsh detergents.  Spin your project out or roll it in a town and reshape and lay flat to dry.   In reality, alpaca should not be washed frequently, as it is resistant to a lot of things that normally necessitate washing.  Anything that is spilled on a garment can be shaken off or lightly patted off, odors can be removed simply by hanging the garment it an open air area, the only time it needs to be washed is when something is ground into the garment.
  4. What makes Alpaca yarn so great?  It is hypoallergenic, highly water resistant, odor resistant, warmer than wool and our Grade 1 is as soft as cashmere at a lower cost!  In addition it is an extremely durable fiber for its diameter. 
  5. I hear Alpaca garments can grow is that true?  Alpaca does tend to drape, use this to your advantage!  Make items like shawls, scarves, and wraps that drape compliments!  But does this mean that I can’t have a cuddly alpaca sweater?  NO!  It doesn’t!  The pattern is just as important as the fiber, if you knit a sweater in let’s say stockinette stich there is nothing holding the fiber together so it can grow.  If you knit a complicated pattern then  the pattern will help hold the sweater to shape!  If you are concerned still, adding just a little wool helps!  We have several yarns that include Cormo and Merino just for that purpose!
  6. Does Alpaca pill?  Pilling (little balls of fiber that appear on knitted garments) comes from friction. The rubbing of fibers against each other causes static, and static causes the fibers to attach to each other, forming little balls. The more friction, the more little balls are formed. Generally, the tighter a yarn is spun, the less likely it is to pill.  A yarn with a tight twist is best for work sweaters, or any project that will get lots of heavy wear. Look closely at the yarn you plan on purchasing. If you see a lot of little fuzzy fibers sticking out of the main strand, it's likely your yarn will pill.  Light pilling can be removed by several means.
  7. What is our shipping policy?  We ship Monday through Friday using USPS.  Shipping costs are based on weight of the product.