Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Central Coast, Gosford
Putuco / alpaca warehouse
`My items are 50% alpaca 50% wool, exception made for the super fine alpaca items, which are 75% alpaca yarn 25% wool.
All my items have that composition, unless they clearly state 100% alpaca on the description/title of the auction
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Sand Point, ID...soon
Hammock: HH Safari Deluxe, NX 150, WBBB
Insulation: pad of some sort
Not sure if this will help, but I remember when my kids were in 4H, there were folks that felted alpaca fleece and I had a pair of boot liners made from it and they were VERY warm in the bottom of rubber boots and paks. MUCH warmer than wool felt of about the same thickness...too hot in some cases when used to hike in or snowshoe use.
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Port Coquitlam BC Canada
Answer to question about alpaca can you just stuff in a pillow
I work for Western Feather and Down Ltd. Co. Alpaca is not a major part of the companie's business
Alpaca as fibre is unique. It needs to be carded, it require oiling when carding. Uncarded alpaca will knot in a pillow. I have carded 1800 kilos of alpaca in 3 hours at work.
It cards well but in needs to be mixed with Rommey or goat hair (Cashmere) to be handled to go into a quilting machine or to be made into cloth for wedding dresses or suite.
I like carding alpaca be cause it is light and easier to feed into the machine than wool or horse hair.
Western Feather and Down Ltd. Co
3086 Spring Street
Port Moody BC Canada V3H 1Z8
if you have any questions phone 604 461 7440 an ask for Jay. He is 78 years old and has been working in textiles since he was a child. There is not much he doesn't know.
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Snyder, TX
Hammock: DIY 30d MARPAT
Tarp: DIY .74 oz cuben
Insulation: Marmot Mod
Suspension: ISLS with UCRs
It seems to me the best use for alpaca is knit garments like hats, scarves, socks, and mittens. These are knit fabrics because alpaca apparently works best close to the skin while down works best fluffy and lofted.
I learned a lot being a Texan that lived in Maine for two years: wear a hat! The best hat there was a wool felted Crusher. I never felt cold with that life-saver on my head.
When I moved back home I had learned my lesson so bought a 5X Western hat for every day use in the winter.
As I contemplate a DIY underquilt, the sacrificial Marmot bag being washed and dried all day in preparation for its new role, I'm hankering for an alpaca toboggan for my new UL cold weather adventures.
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Central VA
Hammock: WBBB 1.7DBL / ENO DBLNest
Picked up an alpaca blanket at a mountain festival. I'm going to try it in the war bonnet "pocket" some time. I think opportunity will present itself next weekend. I've slept under it solely since I got it. VERY comfy and warm. Looking forward to seeing how it does in the hammock.
You don't HAVE TO be crazy to be here - But I assure you it will help.....
I made a aplaca UQ for under my bridge hammock and will be taking it into the field next weekend for the second annual Oregon winter hang. It lofts up to 3 to 3.5 inches. I'm using aplaca seconds. It's full length and I've stuffed each baffle (6) with three ounces of carded alpaca and then I took about another two ounces and filled in the ends, three was not quite enough in each baffle. I've laid in it for about 15 minutes when it was in the high 30's and I didn't have a cold spot under me. I know that's not a solid test, but I'm hoping it will be able to handle the cold temps at mt. Hood. I'll report how it works.
please keep us posted how this went.
pics of you quilt would be very cool as well
In some mysterious way woods have never
seemed to me to be static things.
In physical terms, I move through them;
yet in metaphysical ones,
they seem to move through me. -
GA --> ME '12
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