If there is a yarn that captures that “classic alpaca yarn” look, this is it. It’s made by plying together one single that is two different colors (it’s called marling, see here for an explanation) and one single that is straight white. I run into yarns like this, down to the very color, nearly everywhere alpaca yarn is sold.
We like this yarn because it allows us to get the most out of our colored roving. The orange-y brown is Tulip’s fiber. She has very short hair, and is not as soft as our other alpacas. But the white fiber is from Morocco, who has a very thick, super-fine fleece. His fiber brings softness and bulk to the yarn, while hers adds color and structure.
It’s a match made in heaven. I named it “Swirly tweed” because it reminds me of vanilla and chocolate soft serve swirl ice cream. EVERYTHING, even the color of the paint on my craft room walls, reminds me of ice cream.
On a side note, my finger is gross-looking and ouchy, but I don’t think it’s broken. Anyway, not much anyone could do if it was.