Facts About Llama Fiber Camelid (Llamas and Alpacas) yarn is very popular for knitting and crocheting. This is due to llama fiber's strength and softness with added warmth. Llama fiber is typically softer than sheep wool. It has a hollow core center that wicks away moisture. It is also water and fire resistant. Llama wool does not contain lanolin, an oil that sheep produce which make it often a go to for people with wool allergies. Llama yarn is often used for next to the skin projects.
There are many types of llama fleeces. Classic, Heavy/Medium Wool, suri and silky. The picture shows them all taken from Hidden Oaks Llama Ranch. From Left to Right. HOLR Twenty One Guns (Classic) HOLR Aristo (Heavy Wool) GNLC Independence (Suri) LUA The Showman (Silky)
One of the benefits of 100% llama is its beautiful drape, so use 100% llama for shawl, scarves and accessories. Many like llama lace weight yarns when knitting or crocheting lace as the stitches will readily open up and show the pattern. 100% Llama yarns can be stretchy, so if you are looking to make a sweater or hat then we recommend adding a yarn that has 20% wool.
There is not a single perfect fiber, one way or another there is something lacking. They all have some good, fair and poor characteristics. In an effort to produce perfect yarns the production of blended fibers has come about. Blended yarns contain two or more different fibers resulting in a yarn with improved overall characteristics. If blending is done carefully the good qualities of the fibers are emphasized and the poorer qualities are minimized. This practice is generally accepted within the fiber world. The important reason for blending fibers is to produce better performance. Blending can improve the characteristics that are poor in one fiber by blending it with another type of fiber that excel in those characteristics. I like 3 kinds of blends. 1. Addition of 20% fine sheep wool to llama gives the yarn more elasticity, this is great for sweaters. 2. Addition of 10% Angora rabbit will result in a yarn with a halo. 3. Addition 10 to 30% mohair will make a loftier yarn and give it a fuzzy look.