Trivia winner, crias and coffee, a list and a napping alpaca

Good morning! Have you had your coffee yet? These two super adorable crias have (that’s what baby alpacas are called).

Now for a little business: the winner of the trivia contest is Tiffany!

The question was: Which wool is warmer: alpaca wool or sheep wool?

Here is a simple comparison list I found on wiki.answers.com (I know, I never let my students use wikipedia when writing a paper. I found the same information on several other sites, but they were in paragraphs and I wanted to give you this information as quickly and easily as possible. And hey, I myself might get bored with a paragraph about alpaca and sheep wool…so here’s the easily digestible list just for you…)

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How alpaca wool compares to sheep wool:

  • Stronger (per same fineness)
  • Pockets of air are created when spun so items are warmer for equal weight
  • Softer, less irritating
  • Alpaca fiber is naturally hypoallergenic – Alpaca is free from dander and lanolin which cause allergic reactions
  • Alpaca will stay cleaner longer because it is lanolin free and doesn’t hold dust.
  • Alpaca Superfine won’t mat or pill (some pilling in baby alpaca)
  • 22+ rich, natural colors
  • Less shrinkage (washable)
  • Thermostatically superior (50 degree F comfort range vs. 30 degree F for wool)

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Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy some fine sheep wool! But, I am just here to give you a little information about that wonderful, fluffy, inquisitive alpaca.

I just can’t get enough of them! Okay, again, Tiffany, you are the winner. If you get your address to me, I will send your wonderful pair of earrings straight to you!

Thanks for playing and here’s one more alpaca picture: Selene taking a wonderful sun-nap (check out the blissful look on her face…)

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