The main body of this scarf is made from a highly-prized naturally-colored alpaca. This silver/grey color is called “rex”, and is unusual in alpacas. Alpaca fiber is softer, warmer, and lighter than even the finest wool, and it doesn’t itch the way some wool can. Many people who are allergic to wool can still wear alpaca. Each end of this scarf is woven from handspun 100% merino wool. These ends are ever-so-slightly heavier than the body of the scarf, to create the perfect drape and keep the ends from unwrapping themselves as you move. Both the alpaca and the merino were handspun by myself. The alpaca came from a local hobby farmer in the Pacific Northwest, was cleaned and carded by a local, family-owned processor just down the road, and was spun on my little spinning wheel. The merino was handspun with a drop spindle over the course of a couple summers of hiking and camping.
At 6.5 feet long and 10 inches wide, there is plenty of material to be worn in a variety of ways. Wrap it once and let the ends hang long, wrap it twice for extra warmth, or it’s even wide enough to be worn more like a stole across your shoulders and a beautiful shawl pin used to hold it in place.
The main body of this ultra-soft scarf is single-sourced alpaca over a 100% merino warp yarn. On each end is about 6 inches of blended silk and camel down. The fiber on the ends is ever-so-slightly heavier than the rest of the scarf, which will help hold it in place in a bit of a breeze.
And you will want it to stay in place, because alpaca is a lusciously light and warm fiber and you’ll want it wrapped around your neck. It’s both lighter and warmer than wool and soft to the touch. Many people who are allergic to sheep wool are able to wear alpaca because of its softness.
This scarf is 9 inches wide and 58 inches (almost 5 feet) long. All of the weft yarn (the alpaca and the silk/camel blend) was hand-washed, hand-carded, hand-spun and hand-woven by me. All of the fibers are the natural colors, and no dyes were used. This scarf is truly a work of art, and when treated correctly will last for generations. Care is easy. Simply handwash in cold water and lay flat to dry.
This merino/mohair scarf is 52 inches long and 10 inches wide. It’s a heavy-weight fabric, with tons of durability. I like to pet it. The mohair gives it a beautiful shine and fuzzy halo, and it would look great worn outside the collar of your jacket. The mohair and the density of the fabric make this a much harder-wearing scarf that really will last for generations. You can even run it through the dryer (carefully, and checking on it often) and it just makes it more fluffy and beautiful. The fiber came again from Lilly the sheep as well as from my mother-in-law’s goat, Tenzing. As always, all the processing from raw fiber to finished weaving was done by me without the use of electricity.