KNITTING WITH ALPACA WOOL
Alpaca wool – handspun and dyed with vegetable dyes
This extraordinary yarn comes from the Andes, where it was spun by hand and dyed with natural plant dyes. The yarn is fair trade certified. The colors are bright, and the thread is cuddly soft as you would expect from alpaca fleece, the “fiber of the gods”. Come and visit our farm shop and convince yourself of the spinning art of the Peruvians from the Andes.
We are pleased to offer you this newly spun alpaca yarn. For our alpaca wool we have chosen the most suited alpaca wool thread. The popular color light fawn has turned out very soft this year and resembles a champagne/light beige tone. It flatters every skin tone and is just a dream. The colors light grey, medium grey, anthracite, and of course, natural white are just waiting to be knitted. We are thrilled by the outcome of the yarn every year anew.
The thread of the alpaca yarn is best worked with needles in size 4-5. Also, knitting beginners can quickly knit an alpaca scarf or an alpaca hat without knitting any complicated patterns. The wool stands on its own.
You can knit excellent alpaca socks or cuffs with this beautiful yarn. We will gladly send you a small test sample. Just send us an e-mail or give us a call.
50 g/1.75 oz alpaca yarn (premium and cuddly soft) are priced at 8.00 Euro.
They are available for immediate orders and will ship promptly.
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Alpaca wool and yarn
We offer our naturally dyed alpaca wool as skein as well as in balls. You are free to choose between two different thread thicknesses. The thinner thread is easy to use with needles in size of 4-5. The thicker yarn can be used with needles in size 6-8. Pick your favorite colors at our online shop or visit our farm shop.
The right needle
After extensive research, we discovered the company Selter and their knitting needles, the Addi-Nature. Best quality, sustainability, and made in Germany. The philosophy of the family-run business is very similar to our values. Our needle test went off flawlessly, and we are thrilled to offer you now these naturally beautiful olive wood needles. They are circular knitting needles that combine the positive characteristics of high-quality wood and esthetics. They are also suited for people allergic to nickel. Their tips are incredibly stable and have a beautiful grain. The wood is derived from olive trees that would otherwise be burnt as they are no longer bearing fruit. It can be knitted silently as if by itself and makes our alpaca wool glide over the needles as if by magic. Each knitting needle is unique and is further refined with natural, vegetable oils. We offer the Addi-Nature in different lengths and the appropriate thicknesses for our alpaca wool.
If you do not want to knit the alpaca wool with other needles, you are welcome to have a look at our circular knitting needles made of bamboo from the Addi company, which of course, promises the best quality as well as sustainability. The raw material for the needles is sourced from a specific region of Japan. Production is carried out with the greatest of care in Germany. The needles have a very fine surface and provide a pleasant and light feeling when knitting, which is also enhanced by our alpaca wool. An authentic experience for your senses!
Of course, we are also offering sock knitting needles with very smooth tips and transitions, featuring light, high-quality material
With two balls of alpaca yarn supersoft from Abolengo, you can knit your new favorite socks.
Let us inspire you in our online shop or come and visit us in our farm shops at Gut Aldenhövel or on Langeoog.
Good to know
Our alpaca wool is easy to care for. It can be machine washed in the wool washing cycle and spin-dried (at 600 rpm). It is best to use organic wool detergent to ensure that you can enjoy your unique piece for a long time. Also, a thorough hand wash is sufficient for cleaning. To do so, add some wool detergent or baby shampoo to 30 °C/86 °F warm water and let the alpaca garment soak first and then pull it slowly through the water. Do not rub or grate the garment. Otherwise, nodules will form. Then, rinse your garment thoroughly and wrap it in a towel to gently squeeze out the excess water using only a bit of force. Dry flat and avoid direct sunlight or tumble drying.
The silky soft and warm alpaca products are crease-resistant and have minimal pilling.
Alpaca wool is self-cleaning; therefore, it does not need to be washed regularly. Just air out your favorite piece well, whether it is a duvet or a pullover.
To protect your natural product well from moths, we recommend putting a bit of alpaca soap or a small bag with Swiss stone pine shavings in the wardrobe. Also, you should always store your knitwear lying down. Alpaca wool is very fine, soft, fleecy, and especially suitable for people with sensitive skin and allergic to wool.
Alpaca fiber is a hollow fiber and is, therefore, temperature-regulating and quick-drying. At cold temperatures, it stores body heat, and at warmer temperatures, it is able to cool down by its ability to conduct heat.
Moisture and sweat are absorbed by the fibers and then emitted again. Protein molecules that are contained in the wool ensure that odors are neutralized.
Baby alpaca yarn does not itch nor scratch. It is soft and leaves a pleasant feeling on the skin.
The yarn’s fineness is measured in microns. When a single hair is finer than 19 microns, it is called baby alpaca yarn. Valuable breeding alpacas like our animals show this fiber fineness until old age. Spun or woven, these fine yarns appear lovely, almost silky. Baby alpaca barely contains lanolin.
Alpaca fibers in micron:
Royal alpaca up to 19.5 micron
Baby alpaca up to 22.0 micron
Alpaca superfine up to 26.5 micron
Alpaca up to 33.0 micron
Our alpaca wool is dyed with vegetable dyes. This process has a very long tradition in Peru. Up to 160 different colors shine brightly thanks to unique processes even after years. Our products are skin-friendly, free of chemicals, and protect our environment. The timeless tones shine as good as new. Of course, you can dye our white alpaca wool also by yourself. In other words, there are no limits to your imagination.
We are committed to supporting social institutions, small farmers, as well as farmers in Peru. Sometimes these are not certified because of the financial expenditure for GOTS or fair trade. We are supporting these people, and we regularly travel to Peru to site check the situation on-site. In doing so, new product ideas, designs, and friendly contacts have been established. With our commitment, we can give a perspective also to small businesses. For us, fair trade, appropriate payment, and species-appropriate animal husbandry are extremely important. That is why we stay in constant contact with all the employees.
OEKO-TEX® quality seal for Abolengo de Alpaca wool
The international organization OEKO-TEX® inspects woven fabrics/fabrics at all processing stages for toxic, allergenic, and possibly harmful contents. Manufacturers of woven fabrics can voluntarily have their products subjected to extensive laboratory testing at one of the 15 trials and research institutes. This involves that employees at OEKO-TEX® test the articles for permitted colorfastness, skin-neutral pH-value, and carcinogenic contents (dye, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol (PCB)). The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certificate is awarded for 12 months and must be reconfirmed by ongoing tests. If a single limit value for toxic substances such as pesticides or heavy metals is exceeded, the certificate will not be issued. The globally binding limit values include not only legally banned substances but also pollutants that have already been scientifically classified as questionable but may, however, still be used. Thus the requirements of OEKO-TEX®, which are updated annually, go far beyond the national regulations. Random samples at regular intervals ensure a consistent quality of the articles. The certificate and logo “Textiles Vertrauen” is the internationally best-known quality mark for fabrics tested for harmful substances. The quality seal guarantees consumers’ clothing that is free of health risks. There are four different product classes, among which class 1, that stands for infants and toddlers, is subject to particularly strict requirements.
Abolengo de Alpaca wool has been awarded the label “Textiles Vertrauen” and meets the quality criteria of product class 1 with the rating OEKO-TEX® Standard 100. We can proudly claim to offer a natural, sustainable, healthy, and skin-friendly product that meets the highest standards.
Would you like to make a sustainable and original gift to your loved ones? We are happy to put together a set of alpaca wool and matching knitting needles for you. You pick, we wrap it up. Customized for every occasion and every age.
Are you a fan of the Abolengo Alpaca wool, but you cannot, or you do not want to knit it yourself? We are happy to accept orders for commission work and can deliver, for instance, a pullover within 2-3 weeks and hats, gloves, or socks eight days after your order.
FColored alpaca yarn – dyed alpaca wool
We offer many of our alpaca yarns naturally undyed in natural colors. The color variety the alpacas offer us is enormous. There are 22 official colors with their color names. Starting with white and going up to jet-black. Beautiful brown nuances are also created when the fleece of different brown colored animals is mixed and then spun. Of course, we also offer hand-spun yarn from our animals sorted by color. On our farm, you can see the different colored animals on the pasture, and after shearing, washing, carding, and spinning, you can buy knitting yarn from the respective animals.
Dyeing with natural colors has a long tradition in Peru. The Incas processed their yarns with more than 160 different colors. The knowledge of plant dyeing did not only refer to the plants that were used, but also to the understanding of working with salts. Because of this knowledge, the colors are still expressive and brilliant after 500 years. Thank god that this knowledge has been preserved, enabling us to offer our products even today with an incredible added value. This way, you get skin-friendly yarns without chemical treatments that can be knitted and processed; the environment is protected, the working conditions are far more pleasant, and small Peruvian family businesses are supported by means of their income.
It just feels great to wear a self-knitted garment with a beautiful story behind it. For sure, such a lovely garment will give you much pleasure for a very long time. Due to its temperature-balancing properties, alpaca can be worn all year round.