Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-09-2008, 08:52 PM   #1
Babyduck87
Ribbing the Cuff
 
Babyduck87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 78
Thanks: 44
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Alpaca?
Unfortunately since i dont have a lys i buy my yarn from walmart or michaels..im going to some birmingham yarn stores in march and i was wondering what the average price of alpaca is..i want to make a shawl and its gonna take lots and lots of yarn..thanks!
Babyduck87 is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 02-09-2008, 10:13 PM   #2
cristeen
1st Leg of the Journey
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 249
Thanks: 60
Thanked 78 Times in 70 Posts
Well, it sort of depends on your location, and the weight of the yarn. I got 2 skeins of lace weight alpaca for about $14, made a shawl out of them. But the same LYS carries other weights of alpaca (worsted, bulky), and they're more expensive.

You can get laceweight alpaca at Knitpicks for $4-5/skein though, and they give you free shipping over $50.
__________________
Cristeen
See what I've been working on at Smetana Dreams
for our new addition expected September 2009
cristeen is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to cristeen For This Useful Post:
Babyduck87 (02-09-2008)
Old 02-09-2008, 11:08 PM   #3
vaknitter
Working the Gusset
 
vaknitter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: virginia
Posts: 1,658
Thanks: 439
Thanked 439 Times in 401 Posts
Yarn prices vary greatly brand to brand and store to store IMHO that is...I am not a huge fan of buying yarn on line mainly b/c I like to touch and feel.
I just bought some berroco alpaca at Christmas time that was about $8/hank, I have a scarf I made out of an alpaca/silk blend (yummy) that was closer to $10/ball, and I did buy some Elann.com alpaca last year that was about $5 skein and actually I really liked working with that yarn and will most likely order from them for my next project.
Have fun in the yarn store - make sure to touch everything twice !!
vaknitter is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to vaknitter For This Useful Post:
Babyduck87 (02-10-2008)
Old 02-09-2008, 11:31 PM   #4
Jan in CA
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Jan in CA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 37,336
Thanks: 1,682
Thanked 8,796 Times in 7,157 Posts
I just bought some Bernat Alpaca Natural Blend (30% alpaca, 70% acrylic) for about $3 at Michaels. It's extremely soft and it's a bulky yarn.
__________________
Jan

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

NEW! KH knitting video archive
~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~

Jan in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Jan in CA For This Useful Post:
Babyduck87 (02-10-2008)
Old 02-10-2008, 01:27 AM   #5
fibrenut
Turning the Heel
 
fibrenut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 882
Thanks: 353
Thanked 378 Times in 288 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to fibrenut
Hiya babyduck,
I bought some Andean Treasure from Knitpicks, and OMG, talk about soft as a kitten. And the best part is that it's not that expensive for being 100% baby alpaca (the softest you can get). When I got it I couldn't stop from petting it all the time I was knitting with it!!!
__________________
Knitting n stuff blog
Cake Web Site


knittycakebaker on ravelry
LOOK TWICE SAVE A LIFE
motorcycles are everywhere!!
Abate of Colorado
fibrenut is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to fibrenut For This Useful Post:
Babyduck87 (02-10-2008)
Old 02-10-2008, 10:03 AM   #6
DeborahToo
Ribbing the Cuff
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 49
Thanks: 38
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Baby Alpaca Scarf Just Finished
Hello Babyduck:

I've just joined this wonderful forum - saw your post and wanted to share a lovely 100% Baby Alpaca yarn I've used to make a very pretty scarf.

I purchased this yarn off the internet but felt comfortable buying it since I'd used the brand before. I agree with my fellow poster about the importance of "feeling" and seeing the yarn prior to purchasing it.

This yarn is called Baby Alpaca Indiecita and is manufactured in Peru by Michell & Co. It retails anywhere from $5.99 - $9.99 per skein but I've been fortunate to have purchased it at a price of $2.50 to $3.99 each (delivered). I believe you too could find it at the discounted price.

This particular brand has a wide assortment of fabulous colors in its line. The yarn is lightweight and delicate which beautifully lends itself to the lacey affect of this pattern. The scarf is 70" long not including the fringe and 9" wide. I used approximately 5 1/2 skeins to complete it. I used a US size 7 needle.

So, if you are looking to make a lightweight and lacey shawl this may be a good brand of baby alpaca for you. Depending on the size of the shawl you may be able to make it with 10 skeins or less.

This is the second lacey scarf I've made with the baby alpaca yarn. The first one (which unfortunately, I didn't photograph) was made with a gorgeous violet color.

I taught myself to knit and crochet nearly 3 years ago and have found it to be an art form. It's incredibly relaxing and fulfills any expression of an artistic bent I may have.

Good luck Babyduck and I hope you find the baby alpaca you need at a good price.

All the best,

Deborah




[IMG][/IMG]
DeborahToo is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to DeborahToo For This Useful Post:
Babyduck87 (02-10-2008)
Old 02-10-2008, 02:18 PM   #7
Babyduck87
Ribbing the Cuff
 
Babyduck87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 78
Thanks: 44
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
thats a beautiful scarf!i cant wait to get my hands on some alpaca!
Babyduck87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Alpaca psquidy General Knitting 9 08-22-2008 07:55 PM
Alpaca? psquidy How-to Questions 8 08-31-2007 06:38 PM
Alpaca? Lady Violet General Knitting 10 08-15-2007 10:50 PM
ALPACA Jenifer Peters How-to Questions 2 10-23-2005 07:36 PM
Looking for alpaca. Luv2shopannie Buy/Sell/Swap 3 10-08-2005 10:42 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:04 AM.