I live in Peru and this weekend I'll be going to the mountains where I hope to buy some alpaca wool.
I've been knitting with mixed blends for 6 months.
Is there anything special to knitting with alpaca?
I had a look at some alpaca for sale here a while ago and it looked pretty fine. Is a particular size of needle recommended?
Any tips or info welcome.
Alpaca is warm, drapey and inelastic. So, from what I gather, if you want to do cables or any involved textural stitches - alapaca isn't for you.
With Alpaca being so warm, that's the reason why it's used in a mix (like merino, alpaca and silk), because of the fibre's warmth and drape.
Garnstudio is a Norweigan company that uses alpaca in a lot of their cardigans. Their cardigans tend to be of simple shapes in order to maxmise the drape and warmth of the yarn.
For knitting, you might want to use fingering weight or a smidge heavier (like, a 3.75mm - 4mm needle), because of the alpaca's warmth.
I think for softness, you might want to look at Royal alpaca or Suri Alpaca. Or look for Alpaca mixed with silk.