What Can You Do With Alpaca Fiber
So the other day we talked about alpaca shearing and how important this was to the health of the alpaca. However, we are still getting quite a few questions about what can be done with the alpaca fleece once it has been sheared off of the alpaca and this is a good question because a lot of people are not aware of how versatile the alpaca fiber is. I mean I did not even realize how versatile the fiber was until I owned alpaca and I do have to admit each day I am finding some type of new use for the alpaca fiber that I have quite a bit of.
Yes, you read that right. Socks is one of the things that you can make with the alpaca fiber that is sheared off of the animal. While the socks cannot be made from the raw fiber as it is often just like when we get a hair cut, but the fiber can be made into yarn which is then used to make the socks. However, most of the time when you do get alpaca socks, you need to realize they are typically blended. By blending the socks, it makes them machine washable, but also helps keep your feet at a reasonable temperature. If these were 100% alpaca, the socks would be very warm, almost too warm actually.
The alpaca fur rugs will come in a variety of patterns, quality, and sizes. However, these fur rugs are some of the softest rugs you will ever step foot on. The downside that I have found with the alpaca fur rugs is they tend to be more of a wall decoration type of rug. A good thing is these rugs, if you use them for daily use can be cleaned, but often require you to go to a fur cleaning specialist to get them cleaned up properly.
Gloves are great for the winter months, but also in summer when the air has a slight chill to it. I know for me the alpaca gloves are a great option and easily one of my favorites. The alpaca gloves allow you to have the option of a full finger version or the fingerless gloves that have become so popular. These are made from the fiber once it has been spun into yarn as well, but the gloves are very warm and will help keep your hands warm no matter what the weather is outside.
As you can tell quite a few items can be made from the alpaca fiber once it has been sheared. However, these are just the tip of what really can be made from the alpaca fiber. Almost any type of clothing item can be made from the alpaca fiber and each of these are going to have a variety of quality for you to enjoy. So you will want to make sure you look at the products we have available from our farm. When you do this, you will see we have a variety of products available, but if you do not find what you are looking for feel free to contact us. Typically we can either make the product you are looking for or know one of our alpaca farmer friends who can make the item so we can get the product for you.