Keblinger

Keblinger

Hampden Hills Alpacas

| Monday, September 2, 2013
 
 
"Like Fine Wines, we feel that quality Artisan Yarns are hand-crafted with care and passion.  Our hand-painted and hand-dyed yarns are dyed by hand in small batches on our Massachusetts alpaca farm.  There is nothing commercial about our luxury yarns.  We feel if you are going to invest hours of your precious time hand knitting a project, you will want to use the best yarn you can afford.  Our yarns are sinfully soft, are a joy to work with, in colors to inspire.  OH - and we feel fine wine and fine yarns are natural partners!"

~Erica~

Warm – despite the fact this material is so lightweight, it is very warm, perfect for those cool summer nights and those tough winter days. The reason it is so warm is down to the fact it contains microscopic air pockets that provides thermal insulation.

Luxury – this fiber was once treasured by Inca Royalty for its unique strength, luster and slippery softness. Also when it comes to fineness, this is measured in microns. 20-22 microns is considered to be the finest; Alpaca wool comes in at 19-32 microns. You can't really get much better than that!

Silky smooth – this lustrous natural fiber is similar to sheep's wool in the way it is produced and the overall look; however it also differs greatly! For one with Alpaca wool you don't get the prickly sensation that you do with sheep's wool, the reason? It doesn't contain lanolin, thus meaning this material is hypoallergenic making it ideally suited for everyone, including babies and people with sensitive skin. It also means you can wear it as many items of clothing without feeling irritation.

 

Alpaca Magic

 
Worsted / 10 ply
102 yards/100 grams
US 7 - 13 or 4.5 - 9mm
100% Alpaca
 
 
 She calls this Alpaca Magic because, depending on what size needle ( hook) you use, it can get the gauge of either a Worsted weight, OR a Chunky weight stitch. Erica has made samples using both size stitches, and both items came out remarkably soft, and beautiful.
Hand wash, cold water, may use hair conditioner in final rinse. Lay flat to dry.
 
I am not sure how many of you understand the process of dying and how difficult it can be to color Alpaca, this is no exception.  The colors that are represented in this fiber is impeccable.  The soft shades fade one right into the other with a seamless flow and elegance.
 


 
Even from the pictures you can see the shine on the fiber as well as the tiny halo that you know will feel amazingly soft against your skin.  What a winter hat this yarn would make!  Oh...you know, might want to pick up another skein to have a matching cowl or mittens for this winter.
 
For those of you who have never used such amazing yarns, this is a great way to get a feel for them.
 
 
 

4-SEASONS ALPACA CLUB (Rolling Enrollment)  A One Year Subscription Includes:

  • 4 Quarterly mailings of our Hand-Dyed Artisan Alpaca yarns which include either 2 skeins of Creé-Ah's Breath, 2 skeins of Alpaca Magic or 1 Skein of our new Alpaca Silk
  •  (available Fall 2013.)
  • Access to certain new colorways 6 months before general public.
  • Access to exclusive pattern 6 months before general public.
  • Special surprises in each mailing.
  • Shipping included in the Continental U.S.


 
 
 Thank you again to Erica for such a fantastic review of her yarn!!
Time to get over to Hampden Hills Alpacas and pick up a few skeins, don't be surprised if this becomes one of your new favorites!!!


Hampden Hills Alpacas receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!

Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”

~Stephanie~
 
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2.Tell me what color way and weight of yarn would you like to use from Hampden Hills Alpacas!!
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on Monday September 9th.

6 comments:

{ Emily } at: September 2, 2013 at 10:32 AM said...

Hammered copper is beautiful!

{ croneologies } at: September 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM said...

It's getting so wintery, I'm longing for instant gratification in the shape of mittens. So worsted weight in African Violet would be right up there.. or maybe I'd pick two subtle shades for some colourwork and extra thickness.

{ Lori } at: September 2, 2013 at 3:32 PM said...

Definitely hammered copper in worsted weight.

{ Betsy } at: September 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM said...

I like the Teal colorist in the worst e d base.

{ Heather } at: September 4, 2013 at 3:56 AM said...

Hammered copper as well.

{ lissa } at: September 4, 2013 at 7:02 AM said...

I like the dk weight in the Creé-Ah's Breath colorway.

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