Alpaca yarn is warm. Very warm. Perhaps too warm. Our solution (Mom’s really): lace weight yarn. She’s going to knit a few wide scarves with this very light yarn, hoping people will be able to wear them in the spring and fall, instead of just the winter.
She “ordered” skeins in 4 different colors. This is the skein I spun from Zane’s fleece (he’s one of our shearer’s alpacas). It is a dark charcoal grey, blended with 10% merino, so it has great memory.
The 3 ounces of fiber I used ended up making around 250 yards of yarn. Which is a ton. It just doesn’t feel like much. That’s the problem with lace weight yarn. You work and work, there’s probably 12 hours worth of spinning and plying there, and it makes this tiny little skein.
Ok. Done complaining. It came out pretty nice, and I know it will go a long ways for Mom.