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According to ancient Incan legend, alpacas were loaned to humans on Mt. Ausangate in Peru, left on earth as long as they were treated well and respected.
The alpaca is renown for its exceptional fleece and is considered by the fashion world to be one of the most exclusive. The fleece is prized for its softness (comparable to mohair), fineness (it is a no itch fiber), and strength( stronger and lighter weight that sheeps wool).
Considered to be a relatively rare specialty fiber, alpaca fleece production is limited in the US and Canada to date because of the comparably small numbers of animals in North America, hence its lofty price. Luckily we came across these super cozy blended alpaca socksthat give the benefits of warmth and softness with out the hefty price that accompanies many a full fibered sock.
These blended alpaca socks have adorned my feet all day, and I think I might have to splurge and get more of these in all the wonderful colors…
The are very light weight- so fit easily under a fancier shoe- yet still kept my toes toasty on one of the coldest windiest days we have had so far. Alpaca is also well known for how dry it keeps your feet, even through a sweaty slog, so that makes these great for hiking as well… that testing I will leave for another day when the weather is a little less blustery.
7 soxy thoughts:
I don’t know yet if we can get more, but so far they are not selling tremondousely well, so you might be safe, *might* I say ~:)
hey! last weekend while we were out looking through antique stores, we took the long way home and happened to drive past an alpaca ranch. i was so stunned! they are so cute in real life! after that, it was completely different when i went to buy some yarn that had alpaca in it. i feel like i really know my yarn fibers now… 😀
Do I have some time for these?? Are these a one time thing or will you be able to re-stock??
Oh man. It’s been a bad day here, and it turns out that just what I needed was to click on the Sock Journal and see “Alpaca!!!” to start laughing. Thanks for that! Cute socks too 😉
I love the colors of these! I had so much fun taking pictures of them the other night and had trouble resisting keeping one of every color. I feared due to the furryness of them they might make some people itch so it is good to know that Alpaca is not itchy ~:)
I love the alpaca picture. It looks sort of like a llama ! Either way its cuuuute =) lol.
don’t know why the little “j” jumped in there at the end…..just wanted to shoot you guys a HI, I guess!!!! all the letters of the alphabet want to be included in the posts to Sock Dreams 😉