Price is for one skein.
Eastport is a subtly heathered 3-ply DK weight blend of alpaca and merino. Crossbred Huacaya and Suri alpaca grow a fleece that combines the color and luster of Suri with the fine silky fibers of Huacaya. Merino fibers add crimp without weight, yielding a yarn with more “memory” than pure alpaca.
The yarn does not have a lot of memory. When stitches are unraveled, the yarn flattens almost immediately. Alpaca trades silkiness for memory. Since Eastport does not retain a lot of kink or spring, ribbing may flatten. Try a seed stitch or garter border instead.
Eastport is a good choice for warm, soft and luxurious accessories that will be worn next to the neck, face or skin. Men, women, or infants would feel special wearing an ascot, a scarf, collar, mittens or wristlets in Eastport, and the colors choices available are suitable for anyone. Eastport brings to mind cuddliness and luxury. Feel luxurious by wearing a shrug, shawl or fingerless opera gloves knit of Eastport.
Use Eastport to line pockets, mittens or hats for an added feeling of luxury and warmth. For warmth, softness and silkiness, use this alpaca blend for a baby bunting or lap robe. Hats generally require yarn that can be knit with tension to hug the head. Use Eastport as a liner for your duppelmosa or ear flap cap, or try it for a very French beret, with a graceful drape and soft texture.
Hand wash using a mild soap. The dyes will not run and the colors stay true when washed. Alpacas are known for rolling around in the dirt, creating dirty fleece, but Eastport was a very clean, with no straw or dirt embedded in the yarn.
Alpaca creates a supple fabric that is warmer than many other fibers. The soft, silky fiber feels good next to the skin. Because of its slightly greater weight, alpaca drapes well, but can sag in some uses. These properties make Eastport an excellent yarn for knitting a scarf, shrug, shawl, sweater, baby garment, or lap robe. Avoid heavy ribbing, multiple cables and stranded color work to offset heavier weight of alpaca. Try openwork stitches or patterns with minimal surface texture.
Eastport has a slight bloom from the alpaca, but pilling should not be a concern. Due to the softness of the yarn, any pills that do develop will brush away easily.
The combination of alpaca and merino make Eastport a winner for alpaca yarns. The soft palette of colors, even though few, nicely complements the texture of the yarn. Alpaca is not a multipurpose yarn, and the knitter should keep in mind it’s weight, warmth, and slipperiness when deciding on a project. However, if used in a garment that takes advantage of these qualities such as a lacy scarf or gloves, the knitter will be happy with this fine yarn.
Eastport Alpaca Yarn is a perfect blend of Alpaca fiber & Merino for strength, warmth and durability. The natural Alpaca blended with the dyed Merino gives a beautiful multi-dimensional color.
Eastport Yarns are American made, using Alpaca fiber grown on over 25 different family farms in the US. The yarn is worsted spun, meaning that the fibers are aligned by a combing process that keeps the yarn thin and sturdy. This way you can use a variety of needles and
always get a great result.
Made In: United States of America
Yardage: 150 yds.
Weight: 75 grams
Yarn Weight: Light Worsted (DK)/ 30% Merino
Gauge (st./4 in.): 30-22 sts/4 inches
Needle Size(s): US 5 (3.75mm) US 6 (4mm)
Hand wash, lay to dry
Review information from Knitch Magazine
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