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Alpaca Fiber

Alpaca fiber has long been regarded as a luxurious yarn and offers many benefits over traditional wool options.  It lacks lanolin so it is an acceptable alternative for those who may be allergic.  Prized for its silky texture and luster, it’s a also a great option for someone who wants to try something new.

Instantly, thoughts of a beautiful alpaca afghan come to mind.  There are many different places to find alpaca fiber, yarns, and finished goods online.  Initially, I assumed that alpaca yarns would be extremely expensive or hard to find, but I have found several resources online.  If pure alpaca yarns are too expensive, it is very easy to find a cheaper blend with mixtures of alpaca and other fibers.

Here’s what I found:

Some Etsy options:

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Discount Yarn

As I have been looking to take on bigger projects, I’ve realized how much local craft stores can cost. If you intend to buy more than one skein, the price can really add up. I’ve doing a lot of searching online. Here is what I’ve found:

Smiley’s Yarns:
Just a couple minutes looking at the internet sale selection and it’s easy to see why this site is so popular.  They have an amazing selection of popular brands, like Lion Brand, even though they don’t necessarily have all the colors you may be looking for.  They offer skeins as cheap as a dollar and make sure to check out the Close-Out and Accessories sections.  This place is definitely worth having a look at.  It is important to note that there is a minimum purchase requirement, but they also offer flat rate shipping.

Sumptuous Yarn Sale:
This site offers great deals on bulk bags of a yarn, accessories, tools, or anything else you might need.  It has one of the biggest varieties I have seen on any discount site.  Though it is not the best for smaller purchases, it is great for large projects or stocking up on favorites.

Elann:
They offer discounts on patterns and yarn, but don’t seem to have a lot of the more popular brands.  There is a good variety of yarn types and they offer some bulk deals.  Good to note, they offer flat rate shipping.

Other Online Sources:
Knitting-warehouse.com
Herrschners.com
Yarnbythebag.com
Bargainyarns.com

Some alternative online sources include Craigslist and Freecycle.  I have received yarn from both in the past, though they are not as reliable of methods and you never know what you are going to get.  Non-internet sources are garage sales and thrift stores, again, not as reliable.  If you have found any other sites, please list it in a comment, I welcome suggestions.

As always, it is important to do your own research and check out the FAQs on the site for return policies, shipping restrictions, etc. before purchasing a product online.  Also, check your local craft store and make sure that with shipping and handling, you are actually get a good deal versus just buying it in the store.

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