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« Reply #20 on: March 13, 2007 08:14:33 AM »

I'm not sure how common this is, but I'm sort of allergic to alpaca. I know that  it's often recommended for people with wool allergies, but wool doesn't bother me while pure alpaca (baby or not) makes me itch. I can sometimes handle it in blends though. Just saying.

Hey, just remembered. A Rowan consultant at my LYS said that most people who are allergic to cats tend to be allergic to alpaca. It could all be bunkum, but it's a viewpoint.

Rowan has a lovely heathered yarn call felted tweed, which is made up of wool, viscose and alpaca. The yarn is very warm, but I can't wear it directly against my skin. So, this lovely long sleeved sweater - the first one I ever knitted- needs to be taken down.

hmm... I'm not allergic to cats. I think it's partly just the fuzziness that my skin doesn't like, I'm the same with mohair and I do have very sensitive skin and a few other pretty random allergies.

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« Reply #21 on: March 13, 2007 10:23:55 AM »

I'm not allergic to cats either but Alpaca, whether in a blend or not, makes me itch something awful!  I am 3/4 way through a "Ms Marigold" that I'm making out of Elann's Peruvian Quechua which is 65% Alpaca and 35% Tencel.  I figured the blend would make it less itchy.  It is gorgeous yarn - soft and lustrous.  BUT it seems to be as itchy as 100% alpaca to me.  Hopefully a wash will help but I don't think I'll be able to wear this without a heavy-ish T-shirt underneath.  I don't have delicate skin so I have no clue where this comes from.  But don't make the mistake I did and make a whole big sweater out of it before you've tested if you can wear it because it's annoying!!  I made the Loop-d-Loop asymmetrical pull-over with 100% alpaca and I can't wear it without something underneath.

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« Reply #22 on: March 13, 2007 10:30:47 AM »

could be that you find alpaca to be itchy b/c it's so warm?

i don't have wool allergies but if i'm feeling hot in a wool sweater i itch so badly i have to peel the thing off or it'll drive me mad.

same thing goes for a heavy cotton sweater...

but then my skin is fussy. excess heat or cold will make me itch horribly.

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