Alpaca yarn – a luxurious fibre

Alpaca’s have been prized for their fibre since Pre-Incan times due to the properties and quality of their fibre (hair).

We stock a large range of luxurious 100% Baby Alpaca knitting yarn in both Double knit and 4 ply weights, plus Alpaca Boucle, Boucle with Lurex, 4 Ply Alpaca in the gorgeous Melange dyes, Alpaca mixed with Irish Donegal tweed 10Ply weight, plus the super chunky chaine weave Baby Alpaca/Merino mix.

Most of our yarns and colour selection are now being spun and dyed specifically for the New Zealand market.

With more than 80 years experience and know-how in processing Alpaca – Michell & Co, our supplier is the pioneer and the world’s leading producer and exporter, with a passion to process to supply the finest Alpaca fibre products to the world.

Alpaca knitting yarn has many qualities

It is classified as a rare specialty fibre, five times warmer than sheeps’ wool, more luxurious than cashmere. It is silky soft, warm and durable with unique thermal properties due to the microscopic air pockets found in the fibre, and it has more thermal capacity than almost any other animal fibre. The lightweight apparel has a very high insulation value, these pockets allow the user to breath through it on warm days, and likewise trap body heat in cold weather. It is also elastic and non-flammable. Alpaca fibre does not itch as wool often does, because it does not contain lanolin and other oils in the fleece, with a smooth cell structure, its extraordinary fineness is hypoallergenic and luxuriously soft on your skin. Excellent for babies as well as adults.

15 natural shades of alpaca fibre

Alpaca is the natural option, not everything needs to be made of artificial materials. It has a longer shelf-life than merino and any other fibres. Alpaca fibre is a natural hair made of protein and as such is biodegradable when disposed and blends back into the earth within a relatively short period of time. Alpaca fibres don’t need to be dyed, they have an infinite array of natural colours produced by blending them.

This amazing spectrum of colours delights hand knitters and industrial manufacturers alike, making it an attractive natural alternative for top designers world-wide. The versatility, strength and resilience of the Alpaca fibre allows it to be transformed into knitted and woven garments, accessories and crafts. However Alpaca is also easily dyed into a selection of lovely fashionable colours, this millenary fibre is commercially spun with state of the art technology and processed in Peru.