Alpaca Yarn Is Environmentally Friendly

In honor of National Alpaca Farm Days coming up this weekend we’re doing a series of posts with fun facts about alpacas. One thing you may not know about alpaca yarn is that it is environmentally friendly. Read on to find out why.

  • Alpacas have padded feet instead of hooves which allows them to inhabit delicate terrain without damaging the topsoil.
  • When alpacas eat grass, they don’t pull it up by the roots. They just cut it with their teeth. This actually encourages plant growth and helps preserve the environment.
  • Alpacas’ droppings are a low-odor fertilizer that is easy to compost.
  • When the fleece is turned into fiber, no chemicals are used.
  • Only 20% of a normal dye quantity is needed, if dying is desired.

Want to get your hands on some alpaca fiber or see these adorable animals for yourself? National Alpaca Farm Days is a chance for the whole family to visit an alpaca farm, and it’s free. It takes place on September 29th and 30th. Go to www.NationalAlpacaFarmDays.com for more information.

Fun Facts About Alpaca Yarn

Image courtesy of closeknitportland.blogspot.com

National Alpaca Farm Days is coming up on September 29th and 30th. It’s a great opportunity to visit alpaca farms and ranches and meet these wonderful animals in person and learn more about where this gorgeous fiber comes from.

To gear up for this exciting event, we thought we’d share a little bit about what makes alpaca yarn so special.

  • Alpaca fiber was once reserved for royalty
  • It so soft, it is often compared to cashmere
  • It has the luster of silk
  • Alpaca fiber is as warm as wool, but 1/3 the weight
  • It is also naturally hypoallergenic (and many people who are sensitive to wool can wear alpaca fiber without irritation or itching)

To find a participating farm or ranch in your area, visit www.NationalAlpacaFarmDays.com.

Creative Yarn Storage Ideas

After you’ve been knitting or crocheting for a while, you will probably accumulate lots of leftover yarn. Organizing your yarn stash can be a constant challenge. Here are some different yarn storage ideas you can try.

Transform old coffee cans into cubbies for yarn.

Image courtesy of lethaal.net

You could also use a cabinet for yarn storage. Don’t you just love all those colors?

Image courtesy of Wood & Wool Stool on flickr

A door shoe organizer seems like an easy, practical option for organizing yarn.

Image courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com

A wine rack is a pretty way to display yarn.

Image courtesy of crochetconcupiscence.com

You could try to build a custom shelf. This one blows us away!

Image courtesy of easymakesmehappy.blogspot.com