Alpaca fiber is long and lustrous, making it easy to spin into a soft yarn. Though soft, alpaca fiber is a strong fiber too.
Alpaca fiber is easier to process than wool, as there are no guard hairs or lanolin (grease) to be removed. Best of all, alpaca tends to be less itchy than most wools.
The fiber is naturally beige to brown, and therefore, it must first be bleached before it can be dyed. There are more than twenty natural colors of alpaca fiber. Alpaca, like mohair, takes up dye very readily and beautifully.
It is both light and very warm, making it great for sweaters, hats, scarves - almost any project, really.