|Same sweater: The one of the left is not used - the one on the right has been used a little. Pattern: Skappelgenser.|
I have given all my alpaca yarn to charity a while ago. In spite of the softness (and very high price), the yarn is simply not good enough for the garments I have tried knitting with it. First of all it gives so much that a sweater knitted in Tynn alpaca (norwegian alpaca yarn) ended about 40cm longer than it was coming off my needle. And it gets longer each time I use it. I knitted it on large needles, and thought that was the reason.
|Previous photo of my scarf knitted in alpaca.|
But a scarf knitted on 2mm needles has given about 30cm as well. In addition the pattern got distorted and the whole scarf ended loose and not very good looking anymore.
Quite annoying thinking of all the work and money going into it.
There have been no use in washing the garments - I tried that in hope of getting back to where the garment was before use.
And I must add - these garments are not that much used at all. No words about me having a lot to choose from... LOL!
And there is really something strange about alpaca yarn. After a while it is not that warm anymore. The fibers sort of collapses and loose its ability to give that warm feeling.
Alpaca yarn may be good for hats and other small garments. But I have switched to proper wool - it holds the shape, warmth and most of all it stays the same as when it comes off the knitting needles.
I have knitted a long sweater in half wool and half alpaca and it gives just a little. The wool helps the alpaca to keep in shape.
This is all based on my experience with alpaca yarn. I have tried different brands and it has all been the same. Too bad - the softness is just wonderful.
Anyone having the same problems with alpaca? Or having advice on what to do about it?
|New and unused on the right - used and now about 30cm longer on the left.|