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Topic: Elann Peruvian Pure Alpaca - Anyone used this?  (Read 820 times)
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« on: September 22, 2007 07:13:48 PM »

I was planning on Misti Alpaca for a Christmas gift but my LYS is 2 skeins short.  Anyone tried the Elann alpaca?  I have not tried any elann yarns.  Are they comparable to knitpicks...nice but not really luxurious? 
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2007 10:08:55 PM »

I used the alpaca to make a pair of gloves for a friend a while ago.  It was really pretty nice and soft.  Probably not nice as the misti stuff, but still good--I think I definitely go my money's worth.  In general I think elann is a little bit nicer than knitpicks.

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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2007 12:38:06 AM »

I just used it! I loved it. A teensy bit splitty, but not too bad. But, I definitely feel like I paid a good price for what I got.

Also, HOLY MOLY does that yarn smell when it's wet! I've never made a big project in alpaca before, and the smell in my bathroom was amazing.
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2007 06:17:49 AM »

Thanks for your input guys! 

I am going to check with my LYS on Monday and if she can't get it in in a couple of weeks I will order the elann.  I am really trying to buy from her b/c she is newly opened and I want her to stay here.  If nothing else I may order the elann to make a sweater for DD.  I hate spending $$$ for baby sweaters and that stuff looks like a bargain!

I am always just a *tiny* bit disappointed with KP yarn (though I LOVE their needles) so it is good to know that elann may rate a bit higher.
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2007 12:03:29 PM »

I loved it - almost buttery, it was so soft.  But it's listed as a worsted weight, and to me, there's no way it's more than a DK.  In general, whatever weight elann describes their yarns as, I notch it up a category.  Love their colors.

« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2007 09:27:23 AM »

I've had some of this in my stash for ages - I finally used it recently for some cabled handwarmers. I really like it, especially for the price. It's soft, the colors are great, and it showed off the cables nicely. I would agree that it's more of a DK weight, though, which I believe would make it a good sub for the Misti Alpaca.

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