Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The drooling shall now commence!

Big, giant congratulations go out to Margaret W, the random winner of our Spring Contest!

Margaret shared her Lliclla, by Helen Hamann from the book Andean Inspired Knits. Using 13 skeins of Classic Alpaca, in browns and oranges, Margaret made this stunning wrap in the Fall of 2007.

Be sure to swing by her Ravelry Project Page and give her some love. We can't wait to see what she makes with her prize!

Thanks to everyone who entered! We adored seeing your projects and are so glad you shared them.

We have so many exciting new things happening here at The Alpaca Yarn Company! New yarns! New patterns! And even some spiffying up on our website!

This season we introduce not one but TWO new yarns! Astral & Halo.

* * * Astral * * *
Combine 50% Tencel, 30% Alpaca & 20% Wool and you get a little bit of heaven.

Astral knits at 20-22 sts/4". This dk weight yarn has 197 yds in every 100g hank. There are currently 6 rich shades of Astral.

* * * Halo * * *
Halo is a lace weight brushed Suri Alpaca. While it looks like mohair, it has an amazing softness with none of the itchy-ness that you might find in mohair.

Suri alpaca is very rare and very lustrous and is perfect for lacy projects. Each 50g ball contains an amazing 514 yards. You can achieve a wide range of gauges on a US #4-8 needle and beyond.

We debuted these two new yarns at TNNA in June and the response has been overwhelming. So much good feedback & so many designers excited to be working with these new gems. Be sure to look for them in your favorite yarn shop and magazines soon! Can't wait? Order now!