Alpaca wool socks featuring classic and simple rib pattern
Alpacas are bred primarily for their wool, which has amazing properties. Alpaca wool is shiny, silky, elegant, and feels soft. Alpaca wool is 3 times stronger and 7 times warmer than wool from sheep. Alpaca fiber is incredibly soft to the touch, not prickly, bears no lanolin, and therefore – hypoallergenic. Alpacas come in a wide range of colors – 22 natural colors. The preparation, carding, spinning, and weaving of alpaca is very similar to the process used for wool from sheep. Alpacas are typically sheared once per year in the spring. Each animal produces from 2,2 to 4,5 kg of wool per shearing. The quality of wool is measured in microns. However, other properties also are taken into account, for example – the uniformity of wool. These properties affect on costs of wool products.
Composition: 28% alpaca wool, 62% acrylic, 10% polyamide
An interesting fact about alpacas: Alpaca wool is resistant to water
The fleece of alpaca is resistant to water, and it is the same for sheep fleece; however, the wool of alpaca starts wicking away the moisture. Alpacas can share this quality with the merino sheep. It makes them best for outdoor knitting garments such as hats, sweaters, and shawls. It will help you stay warmer and dry better than any other fiber.