I’ve never been a big fan of alpaca yarn, but could that antipathy be the result of subpar fibre? Over the weekend I spun up some alpaca from Woods Edge farm in New Jersey and plied it with batts custom carded last year by Fondant Fibre to make two skeins of light fingering 3-ply alpaca, merino, silk, cashmere, BFL and sparkle. The last 20 grams of alpaca also turned into a 3-ply, which evened out the extreme neppiness of the fibre and became — on the very same day — a pair of garter stitch wristlets. Soft, warm, rustic, light, and really quite dreamlike…if only there were no yarn moratorium!!!

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