See the pretty blue wristwarmers.
Made from baby alpaca yarn that I bought on sale.
That itch like a mofo.
Because I'm allergic to alpaca.
Yeah. Wearing these, I felt every little bit of fuzz rubbing against my skin. I even tried washing them in shampoo and conditioner. No go.
Oh, and a friend of mine showed me her wool wristwarmers. I slipped them on without thinking. Itch-a-rama.
I don't think I'll have to go completely wool free. I think I've been OK with blends and superwash is fine (the fuzz has been chemically burned off), but...
I own 4 sweaters worth of alpaca yarn.
And you know, you would've thought that I would have already admitted to myself that I'm allergic to alpaca. I tried knitting some up into a top-down set-in sleeves sweater of my own device (led by Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top Down) and it bothered my sinuses to work on it. But no, everything I read online said that alpaca is hypoallergenic. People who are allergic to wool can wear alpaca.
Unless they're me.
My online research made me consider the possibility that it was something the yarn was treated with that was bothering my allergies. I'd planned on finishing the sweater and washing it and then finding out for sure.
Feh. (An incredibly kind person on Ravelry relieved me of that yarn and didn't even make me frog the sweater, lest I aggravate my allergies more. Knitters are awesome.)
So I'm de-stashing (Ravelry link).
Grignasco Top Print
I have 8 balls of blue & brown and 2 balls of pink & brown.
I'm asking $5 a ball, plus shipping
Filatura Lanarota Puno. 10 balls each in black and gray.
I'm asking $30 for all 10 black or all 10 gray, plus shipping.
Leave a comment or contact me through Ravelry if you're interested.
Please spread the word--I'm hoping to sell it all and spend the money on some yarn that doesn't make me sick.