alpaca/silk blend


Hi everyone,
Question for you: Has anyone had any experience using an alpaca and
silk blend yarn? I'm not sure what the percentages are but it's a
fingering weight, and I looked at it to knit EZ's Pi Shawl. I recall
a discussion that some people had experienced shedding when they've
used alpaca, so I'm concerned that if I use this yarn (which is quite
pricey) that I would be disappointed if it shed all over my clothes.
with thanks for your help...Linda D. in B.C., Canada
P.S. The yarn I purchased is this one in taupe
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She wore and wore it before and through her college years and for some years afterwards, it kept its shape, its colour (shades of light brown) and it never shed or pilled or shrank or did anything bad, it behaved beautifully. She'd still be wearing it if she hadn't put on so much weight. Ideal for sheep shearing and cleaning the hen houses :-)
At the time the yarn cost me £18 and that was VERY expensive In Those Days but I never regretted it.
Mary
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Mary Fisher
I've used Blue Sky Alpaca Silk, and various other alpaca/alpaca blends, I have nothing but wonderful things to report. I love alpaca to the nth degree. On its own or mixed with silk, wool, anything else, and I'll knit with it.
> Hi everyone, > > Question for you: =A0Has anyone had any experience using an alpaca and > silk blend yarn? =A0I'm not sure what the percentages are but it's a > fingering weight, and I looked at it to knit EZ's Pi Shawl. =A0I recall > a discussion that some people had experienced shedding when they've > used alpaca, so I'm concerned that if I use this yarn (which is quite > pricey) that I would be disappointed if it shed all over my clothes. > > with thanks for your help...Linda D. in B.C., Canada > > P.S. =A0The yarn I purchased is this one in taupe
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hesira
My first Alpaca knits are about 20 years old and still are WONDERFUL , i wash them like i do all my wools in Baby shampo... My last Alpaca is a local [ made and grown here ] wool , and still it is lovely ,, never had a blend with silk !!!! mirjam
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mirjam
Thank you for all the posts in regard to knitting with alpaca or alpaca and silk. I have decided to stay with the yarn I purchased since this is a work shop, and the first time I've done any lace knitting, plus the yarn I purchased is half the cost of the alpaca/ silk bland. There may be a fair bit of frogging done, so I would not like to put the gorgeous alpaca & silk through that. But, if I decide to knit the Pi Shawl a second time I will try the alpaca and silk blend.
with thanks, Linda D. in B.C., Canada
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Linda D.
Linda,
Our local group has done many prayer shawls in lighter weight yarn.
The nice thing about alpaca or alpaca silk as you have herd from several here and I will repeat it is, the alpaca blends wear like iron. They look beautiful for a very long time. Doe the second one in alpaca. Don't worry about the frogging. The alpaca is very tough.
Hugs & God bless, Dennis & Gail
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Spike Driver
PS none of us [i think] mentioned the BEST thing about Alpaca ,, it is so light to wear , like a cloud around you , but it is warmer than many heavier wools !!!! mirjam
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mirjam

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