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Vicuna Yarn

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Vicuna yarn is so rare because of its availability and the fiber.  This fiber is so rare because they can only be shorn once every three years and each shearing only produces about 4 oz of fiber. It is very delicate while maintaining softness and warmth.

It is one of two wild South American camelids which live in the high alpine areas of the Andes.  It is a relative of the llama, and is now believed to be a wild ancestor of alpacas.  They produce small amounts of extremely fine wool, which is very expensive because the animal can only be shorn every 3 years.  

It is super popular due to its warmth.  Its warming properties come from the tiny scales that are on the hollow air filled fibers.  It causes them to interlock and trap insulating air.  Vicuna Yarn is finer than any other wool in the world and since it's sensitive to chemical treatment, the wool is left in its natural cinnamon brown color.

It is so desirable that a Vicuna scarf costs around $1,500 and a men's Vicuna coat can cost up to $20,000.

Fiber Content- 100% Vicuna
Approx 218 yards
Gauge- 7-8 stitches per inch on US 1 or 2