The alpaca wool to knit has many benefits.
In their arid living conditions, the alpacas must face very important temperature differences. Sometimes, they have to face 30° degrees differences between day and night, they also have to survive against rarefied oxygen, intense sun rays but also icy winds. Thanks to this, the alpaca fiber has very advanced thermal properties. It allows your body to breathe, especially for people who sweat a lot, this wool is ideal for them. It prevents odors and unpleasant sensations.
The alpaca wool to knit is also a hypoallergenic wool. It does not produce lanolin, which is an advantage because many people are intolerant to this wool fat. So the wool is perfectly suited for sensitive skin.
Alpaca knitting wool is also a non-pilling wool and a more durable wool for garment making. It is therefore the ideal wool for your knitting.
The price of alpaca wool to knit per kilo depends on several factors. First, there are different types of alpaca wool. You can find alpaca wool, royal alpaca wool and baby alpaca wool. The difference of these 3 wools is their diameter and therefore their price too! The diameter of the "Alpaca" fiber is 23.1 - 26.5 microns, the "Baby Alpaca" fiber is about 14 - 23 microns while the "Royal Alpaca" fiber is the result of the selection of the best and finest baby alpaca fibers whose diameter can go down to 12 microns. For comparison, the diameter of a hair is about 60 microns. If you would like more information on alpaca wool, we invite you to read our "Alpaca Wool" page. Concerning the price, you can find high quality fibers between 40 euros and 100 euros per kilo, medium quality fibers between 20 and 35 euros per kilo and finally low quality fibers at 10 to 15 euros per kilo. The 50g balls of 100% Baby Alpaca from BellePaga cost about 10euros! You will find many different colors, bright colors, and warm!
The small sacrifice to have warm and soft clothes is that you have to take extreme care of them. Wool is a fragile material, it can stretch, shrink, lose color or luster! It is the same with Alpaca wool. Its fiber is 4 times more resistant than sheep's wool, which makes it much more interesting in the long run. Its investment is therefore more interesting, hence the price that may sometimes surprise some, its quality and its benefits are incomparable. It is an investment because it is much more durable, it keeps its original state much longer if you really take care of it.
The different washing rules to respect are the following:
- You need to provide yourself with a gentle and delicate shampoo. Do not neglect this element, it is essential for an optimal result! Some people are often disappointed with the results they get despite taking great precautions, but they don't use the right shampoo! Believe us it is very important. At BellePaga you will find different types of natural products for all kinds of delicate wools.
- No washing machine! Alpaca wool is best washed by hand in warm water with a mild shampoo or you can also opt for dry cleaning. A small exception here is that Alpaca wool socks can be washed! We recommend washing them at 30 degrees and they can be washed with ordinary soap and your other clothes.
- Treat your clothes gently. It is advisable to wear gloves to avoid damaging the garment with your fingernails or jewelry. If you leave the water running during washing and rinsing to keep the temperature the same, you should not wring out or twist the garment after washing. You can press gently to remove excess water.
- Do not use a tumble dryer: alpaca wool items cannot go in the dryer, it is interesting to place your wool garment on a towel, so it absorbs the excess water and your item dries faster. In this sense: prefer to air dry and lay flat! This technique will avoid stretching the fibers.
- No need to iron! The most practical aspect in all these different steps of maintenance is probably that you don't need to iron alpaca wool. It is known not to wrinkle, but the opportunity may arise if ever: turn the garment over and put a cloth between the iron (set to low temperature) and the garment. This way, your wool will not get damaged.
Do not hesitate to discover on BellePaga's website its quality wool balls, and to discover its Women's, Men's and Home&Deco collections.