View Full Version : WHERE can we find yarn made of *THIS*????

12-22-2007, 10:38 PM
The vicuņa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicu%C3%B1a)...it's a relative of the llama and alpaca, and it's wool is superfine and can only be shorn every three years :thud:

(i was reading an intersting article on the political and economic state in south america, and I came across biodiversity and yadda yadda yadda I found something about yarn! It's like we're taking over the world :twisted: ... er, kinda :shifty:)

12-22-2007, 10:49 PM
Here's one place I found. I don't think I'll be buying any in this lifetime.

12-23-2007, 12:36 AM
:noway: Holy Cow!!!!!!! Dang !!!!! Ummm I'll never gripe about the price of malabrigo again, dang dang n double dang!!!!

12-23-2007, 04:17 AM
That's two quarters worth of books in one once...


12-23-2007, 04:39 AM
yikes. guess i'll have to go sell some plasma. and cash in my 403b haha.

12-23-2007, 10:10 AM
Wow! It's hard to believe there actually could BE fiber so expensive! I think I'll stick to the old cheap-o, cashmere, for my luxury fiber needs!!

12-23-2007, 10:29 AM
Wow, even if I could afford to spend that much on yarn I'd never be able to decide what to use it in and then be absolutely terrified I'd lose whatever it is I'd made. Rare llama hair is stressful. *nods*

Jan in CA
12-23-2007, 11:35 AM

Lisa R.
12-23-2007, 11:43 AM
I can't begin to imagine how it could possibly be a justified expense! That is amazing!

12-23-2007, 12:08 PM
Wow that is insane! What would you you make with that and how could you ever afford to make a whole garment out of it! Wow!!

12-24-2007, 04:53 AM
Could you imagine paying for the amount of material to make a sweater and then finding that you accidentally threw it in the wash? oh my goodness. Just the thought of it makes me anxious haha

12-24-2007, 04:53 AM
Holy Crapatoly!! :noway:

12-24-2007, 06:47 AM
This makes my dream of an urban alpaca farm so much less insane.... ^_~

12-24-2007, 09:06 AM

12-24-2007, 09:56 AM
:passedout: Do you realize that wool is nearly 20 times the price of silver per ounce!! It would be cheaper to knit sterling than this animal's wool!

12-25-2007, 06:17 AM
:passedout: Do you realize that wool is nearly 20 times the price of silver per ounce!! It would be cheaper to knit sterling than this animal's wool!

Don't put ideas in our heads! http://www.emofaces.com/en/buddy-icons/s/see-no-evil-hear-no-evil-speak-no-evil-buddy-icon.gif

12-25-2007, 07:35 AM
This must be one of those, look but don't touch things. Or something you just dream about having. (but even on my just dreaming list, nothing comes close to that dream item.)

12-26-2007, 12:09 AM
Oh c'mon. Where's the no guts, no glory attitude? I'm getting some to make a cell phone holder.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.... :zombie: (I'd be so paranoid just to have it in the house...)

12-27-2007, 12:36 AM
Good grief! That's not even yarn! It's just fiber! You'd have to spin it first before you could even knit it! :thud:

12-27-2007, 02:12 AM
and people thought drug addictions were expensive!!

and i bet its soooo soft!! i wouldn't have any clue on how to turn fiber into yarn. how much yarn would that fiber get me? could one $250 ounce get me a sizeable lace amount? and then i would still have to dye it. unless i go organic. hmm. am i that addicted to yarn?

12-27-2007, 04:16 AM
That's as ridiculous as spending $8,000.00 on a handbag. Not going to happen in this lifetime.

12-27-2007, 02:21 PM
Get ready... I bought Vicuna fabric at a local fashion fabric shop that deals in designer overstocks and the such. I paid $25/yard of this O-So-Soft and beautiful fabric. It was marked down because they only had 3-1/2 yards left. It is tan on one side and gray on the other. Think really awesome felty material. I made a long cape with sleeves and unfortunately it looks like a bathrobe on me. I am going to make it into a cropped jacket with ribbon tie and wrap skirt when I find the time.

I think I'll start charging admission so everyone can come over and pet my fabric.


12-27-2007, 07:59 PM
We went to an alpaca/llama/vicuna product warehouse when we were in Peru. They had a stockinette stitch scarf going for $500.

We also visited a rural home, and the women all had spindles full of fiber all the time, they would spin while walking even.

12-27-2007, 08:40 PM
I have been pining over having a scrap of that stuff to blend with cashmere for spinning for ages. Maybe in my next life....

12-27-2007, 11:00 PM
I'm in shock...and my dh is mildly irritated that I interrupted his movie to show him the price of that stuff!

I'm oh so curious...I wonder if I can find somewhere local that carries it so I can touch it...do you think they let you do that? Touch it I mean? ? ! ! ? ?

12-27-2007, 11:45 PM
I just remember the scene in Sunset Boulevard when Gloria Swanson takes William Holden out to buy some clothes:

Here are some camel hairs, but
I'd like you just to feel this
one. It's Vicuna. Of course,
it's a little more expensive.

A camel's hair will do.

(With an insulting
As long as the lady is paying
for it, why not take the Vicuna?

12-28-2007, 12:23 AM
I love that movie half to death! I didn't even make the connection

Lisa R.
12-28-2007, 10:31 AM
I'm oh so curious...I wonder if I can find somewhere local that carries it so I can touch it...do you think they let you do that? Touch it I mean? ? ! ! ? ?

They probably charge for touching...I mean if a little fiber strand were to stick to your finger, they'd be out a lot of money! :)

12-28-2007, 10:41 AM
I've seen a seller offering vicuna and/or qiviut fiber. I've only dreamed of having any.

I did see a skein of qiviut yarn at SAFF. Amazing.

And there are some people on Ravelry that have some qiviut.

I've heard that it can only be used for very delicate items, like lace shawls and scarves. I can't imagine that anyone would make a sweater from it.