Alpaca | Our Yarns
Continue reading to discover five fantastic facts that will make a pair of Paul James Knitwear alpaca socks a wardrobe staple.
Alpaca fibres don’t retain water and successfully move moisture away from the surface of the knit. This means that over time, you will perspire less, and your alpaca knitwear will require less washing and up-keep. They don’t contain grease, oil, or lanolin (a naturally occurring wax found in wool) which means that not only does the wearer not smell, but the knit doesn’t either.
With fibre lengths ranging from 10-20cm, alpacas have a very light and fine fleece, this makes their wool ideal for spinning into luxury yarn. Its uber soft, ultra-warm surface texture makes alpaca perfect for accessories and for everyday wear. It is also a naturally hypoallergenic fibre which makes alpaca suitable for those with sensitive skin and allergies.
When cared for correctly, thanks to the fibre length, a pair of alpaca socks will withstand the test of time. Alpaca has a higher tensile strength (the ability to be stretched) than sheep’s wool which make it an unusually strong fibre, considering its butter soft surface texture.
Thanks to the long fibre length, alpaca knitwear is incredibly resistant to pilling which is where short fibres are brought to the surface of the knit. You’ll keep the ultra-soft surface texture (which will get fluffier over time) without having to comb through the small bobbles.
Like sheep, alpaca grow a new coat every 12 months which make it a sustainable, renewable fibre. Due to the varying weather conditions that alpaca are often faced with, shearing is an important process to ensure that they don’t overheat when the summer sun arrives. Alpaca are rarely farmed on a large commercial scale, instead, flocks are owned by small, independent family farms and the sale of alpaca fibre creates valuable income.