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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Ultra Alpaca Fine

We have Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine on the shelves! If you are familiar with the sport/DK, worsted, and chunky weights of Ultra Alpaca, you know what a wonderful line of yarn this is. While the other weights are 50/50 wool and alpaca, Fine has a little nylon for added durability. It's also machine washable! Happy day!
I love the Ultra Alpaca line. I've only used it for a few projects, and I'm trying to figure out why. It's like a workhorse yarn with just a little luxury thanks to the alpaca. Fancy workhorse, let's say. The hand of the knitted fabric is nice and even, but it's certainly not heavy. The balance of the wool and alpaca prevents it from becoming too warm or too dense.
I've always been a fan of the melange and heathered shades of this yarn. The greens, oranges, and purples always catch my eye. This beautiful light weight would be so nice for a shawl or baby sweater. I also have a thing for holding yarns together, and this would be a great choice. Did you know that two strands of fingering weight yarn will knit up to a worsted weight? Yup. It works really well. Oh, the possibilities.

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