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 preparing, 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: Alpacas can get felt, but pilling and shedding is an issue
Maialpacalpaca produces quite the uniformity of the staples. However, the yarn of the lowest quality will have a massive mix of fiber lengths and those behaving differently. Through normal wear and tear, the shorter fibers start migrating out of the twist and get released. The process is known as shedding or piling. At the same time, it is avoided to a certain extent by locating a reliable yarn producer.