Best Alpaca Silk Wool

Best Alpaca Silk Wool

As an alpaca farmer and fleece manufacturer, I am often inquired about the differences amongst fleece types, especially between alpaca fiber as well as sheep woollen. As a whole, woollens of all varieties are moisture-wicking, waterproof, warm retentive, shiny, elastic, easily rotated and also can be dyed. They likewise can be mixed with various other fibers, both natural and synthetic.Who doesn’t like the comfort, top quality and also resilience of a favorite knitted wool coat or comfy pair of woollen socks? Wool garments have been maintaining individuals comfortable for centuries, as well as with today’s modern-day reliable processing methods, they are coming to be more readily available to a vast audience.

Every fiber, however, exhibits differing degrees of each characteristic. One of the reasons alpaca fleece is so attractive is that is supplies a favorable of what lots of people take into consideration to be an adverse woollen characteristic: gentleness. Alpaca fiber is visibly softer than the majority of its sheep wool counterparts. As a matter of fact, scarves, sweatshirts and other products made from the best quality fleece, baby alpaca fiber, are so soft that they can be worn against the skin.A large complaint concerning sheep woollen is that it can really feel itchy, particularly to individuals with sensitive skin. Additionally, wool from lamb consists of lanolin, an oily compound secreted by lamb that some individuals are allergic to.

The main advantage alpaca fleece has more than lamb’s wool is that alpaca fiber really feels much softer to the touch. Each hair of alpaca fiber has less microscopic barbs that cause an aggravating prickle aspect. Furthermore, alpacas do not secret lanolin, the allergen that triggers an unfavorable reaction in some people.

Alpaca fiber is likewise very lightweight, as well as is frequently contrasted to cashmere in regards to weight as well as gentleness. Technically, cashmere fiber’s micron count must be a 15 or much less. Alpaca fiber, even when shorn from an animal older than one year, typically has a reduced micron matter than several younger lamb. Some of the finest suri alpaca fleeces are smaller than 15 microns.Products made with alpaca fiber or alpaca blends consist of coats, hats, headbands, jackets, socks, gloves, mittens, coverings, headscarfs and also covers. These elegant products are normally spun from prime blanket fleeces shorn from yearling alpacas, and are treasured for their radiance, gentleness and also heat.

Like all woollens, alpaca can not be cleaned by perturbing by rotating in cold and hot water or else the fiber will really felt as well as reduce. It is recommended that pieces made from 100% child alpaca are dry cleaned up. Nonetheless, a number of today’s alpaca blends, especially those utilized in some socks, stand up to the washer as well as dryer, making life a lot easier for anybody who needs to do the laundry for a busy household! Always read the cleansing guidelines on natural-fiber garments prior to laundering.Many of the very best alpaca garments are from Peru, a South American nation with the highest focus of alpacas in the world. Peruvian alpaca clothes is still concerned among the finest luxury textiles on the planet.

39 thoughts on “Best Alpaca Silk Wool

  1. The "scientific method" rules! I appreciate your efforts at unbiased results. This is my training for many years. Thank you SO much, & your "hubby", too.

  2. VERY interesting… although this was done quite a while ago, I wonder what results you would get today? It seems that a lot of vendors give free SOAK packets away – was wondering if this is the result of advertising or improved formulas? I don't know what Dawn has in it, but it is very effective against grease. But it's also used to clean wild life suffering because of oil spills, so it may be safe for wool. Myself, I use a drop of Dawn to clean fruit before I eat it (rinsing it thoroughly of course) since I'm allergic to so many things and want to wash off as many chemicals as possible. Another question I have – is shampoo safe for washing wool? I would assume so, since we use it to wash our hair, which is protein. And a lot of people are making soaps today, and some are designated as wool washes. So it might be interesting to include one of these in an experiment. I haven't heard of any of the other ones except for Woolite and Eucalan. I haven't used any wool washes myself yet. I typically use shampoo to wash my delicates with.

  3. After purchasing a variegated yarn from Vulcan's Rest Fibers in Chesapeake City, Maryland, I realized the need to learn how to care for the 40% alpaca, 40% merino wool, 14% acrylic, 6% rayon yarn. First time knitting with a wool blend yarn. Didn’t think this day would come, but the colors were so pretty I couldn’t resist. Started the shawl designed by Karen Klein. Thanks for the washing instructions.

  4. I'm binging on your earlier episodes and really liked this one. I enjoyed learning about the pH relationship to wool, and the issues with enzymes in regular laundry detergent. Thanks for the excellent information. FWIW, my favorite wool wash is the Unicorn line. Their Power Scour is outstanding at removing tough stains, both for my woolens and general laundry. For my handknits, I use their Fiber Wash before wet blocking and for general handwashing. I also like their Fiber Rinse after handwashing, especially before storing things for the summer.
    I'm really enjoying your videos and learning a great deal. Thanks so much for all you do.

  5. I've seen Woolite get dissed on Ravelry so often, and I was surprised to see that it ended up in the middle of the pack in this experiment. (I do have a trial-size bottle of it in my laundry room, but haven't really used it, as my family doesn't own that many wool garments.) I've heard suggestions about using human-grade shampoo or conditioner as a wool wash, as they are both designed to wash a protein fiber (human hair); I wonder how they would compare to the wool washes tested in this experiment. If you were to do a repeat or follow-up of this experiment, I would suggest plain baby shampoo for the shampoo test, and a plain, inexpensive conditioner of your choice for the conditioner.

  6. Thank you! My personal favorite is Kookabura; but I have to admit that it's the smell I like the best. I use the one with lavender and appreciate the tea tree oil.

  7. My fave is woolite . However, I'm going to look into the LAUNDRESS. Thanks for your time and effort in researching and sharing this information with us. I love your information sessions. My husband thought I was taking an online class. I feel like I am, in a wonderful way. Stay blessed.

  8. Do you know for there’s ways to smooth out wool? By adding oils or rubbing something against it, so you can get rid of the pesky wool always that add up after wear? I’m trying to find something for my army beret, I’m convinced some sort of oil would work! Strongly considering tree oil or coconut oil, I think I’m going to use it on my extra beret to see how it comes it before I invest it into my primary beret. Any tips would be welcomed!

  9. What college do you teach at? Since some of the classes you teach are graduate-level, I assume it's not one of the colleges in Monmouth or Galesburg.
    Will listen carefully to the wool-wash section of this episode. I don't crochet with natural fibers that often, so probably a small quantity of a recommended product would suffice for me. (I have plenty of human-hair shampoo & conditioner at home, though, which I've heard of some people using to launder handknits, but I'm curious to hear the case for a product made specifically for laundering handknits.)

  10. Thanks for your comparisons on the wool washes!! I wonder how some agitation would influence the results. I'm just thinking some swishing around in the sink, not agitation like a washing machine. And then see how these washes would work and whether more of the stains or dirt come out. That is the scientist in me…. start with the basics which is what you did and then now what?!? Thanks for this. Because of your periscope on this awhile back, I found some alternatives to what I was using. Thanks again!

  11. I'm so happy I found your podcast. A thank you to The Slow Knitter for telling us about you. I live in Houston, Texas, but I wanted to hop in my car and join you for that "barn" retreat. What a cool idea and the setting is gorgeous!

  12. This was super. Thanks for the info. I loved this eoisode. I will also recommend this to my friends with kids at the science fair age. It would make a fun project. I'm a teacher at a classical ed tutorial, so this type of show feeds the insatiable inner nerd. And my husband wants to build a barn with living quarters, so I loved getting a virtual tour of one. well done!

  13. Thanks so much for the wool wash experiment. In looking up the one that had "cashmere" in the name, it appears that it comes in a cedar scent. Was the one you tried unscented?

  14. Glad to have found you again and you're looking great! LOVED feature on the poor Ozzie sheep and the wool wash test. I would have liked to have seen a more oily stain, like a meat or butter or salad dressing stain, as they seem to be the things I spill (and red wine!) most. Also, if the cleaner is supposedly designed to work with hot water, shouldn't those have been tried out in the temps recommended? I understand the need to keep the conditions consistent and this, overall, was really helpful! I tend to use Kookaburra and Eucalan, but I'll be on the lookout for the Laundress, which I've never heard of!

    p.s. Your production quality is very good. If you haven't already, an episode on your set up would be so interesting. I'm thinking of my video lectures and chats for my online courses.

  15. Very interesting experiment on wool washes! I've not had good luck with Soak (EVERYTHING bleeds very badly when I use it) so I'm not surprised to hear that it didn't perform that well. I usually just use Eucalan, mostly because it's what I have always used when washing hand knots. I may have to get some of the Laundress to try now!

    I did want to point out one thing, however. Dirty Rotten Bastard from Namaste Farms is not designed for washing wool garments, it is designed for washing raw wool fleece before spinning it. When used for the purpose it was specially designed for, it is absolutely amazing!!!! Way better than Unicorn or Dawn or anything else I've tried on raw wool.

    (And I am in no way affiliated with Namaste Farms, I just really like her products.)

  16. Great information. I haven't purchased wool wash but now I am more informed as to what might work the best. The Grocery Girls sent me here and I happy that they did. Loved the information about Chris. Amazing that he was found alive!!

  17. I just subscribed after a shout-out from the Grocery Girls. I am an academic librarian and also teach at a university. Instead of sock keys, why don't people just create a Google Sheet or Excel document with the name of the pattern, yarn used and any other notes about the project? I also add a column for type of pattern (hat, shawl, etc.), designer, start and end date. It takes less than a minute to add the info and then throw away the tag!

  18. I am a new knitter. I had purchase the laundress wool&cashmere shampoo. I have only used it for normal soaks on new projects and socks. I had never heard of another knitter using it so I had intended to buy tuft woolen or soak. Thank you for this podcasts, I heard about you from the grocery girls.

  19. Thank you for this experiment! I love Eucalyn but am aware that it's not the only wash out there, and now I have new ones to try 🙂 Also, thank you for the story about Chris, I did always wonder what happened to him!

  20. Kris this was most informative. I have tried Eucalan, Tuft Woolen, and Allure. My favorite is Allure. I have never had anything that was crazy dirty , either. The enzymes were always a concern to me with Tide ( which is what I use) because commercial detergents are notorious for fading colors and weakening fibers. I use a color catcher if I throw my socks in the washer . Many bleed after many multiple washings. Now I wonder about the color catchers! Great video, Cheryl

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