AlpacaBoo has superb drape and the bamboo gives the shades a lovely, powdery hue. It is lovely to knit by itself but also very well suited to be knit using 2 or 3 strands. One pair of socks up to UK size 8 can be knit with just 50 grams of Soliloquy (for men-size socks or socks with a longer leg you'll need 100 gr)
Composition: 80% Alpaca, 20% Bamboo
Length: 100g = 600m / 656yds
Suggested Needle Size: 2mm for socks, 2.75 for garments, 3.25mm and up for lace
Gauge: 40 sts x 56 rows = 10cm x 10cm on 2mm needles in stocking stitch
Washing Guidelines: Machine wash gentle cycle
This yarn is available in a wide range of colours, guest-dyed by an illustrious band of Indie dyers. The letters behind the shade names indicate who has dyed each shade:
FM = FiveMoons (acid dyes)
NDS = The Natural Dye Studio (natural/plant dyes)
AY = Artisan Yarns (natural/plant dyes)
SP = Sparkleduck (acid dyes)
KS = The Knitting Swede (acid dyes)
A note about natural/plant vs. acid dyes:
Natural dyes tend to produce a softer colour palette and need to be treated much more gently when washing. Some natural dyes (especially indigo) are notoriously difficult to make colour-fast. If you are concerned about the chance of the colours on the yarn rubbing off on your needles/hands, then steer clear of naturally dyed yarns.
In most cases, a couple of rinses will get rid of any excess dye-stuff in the yarn. Do NOT use any biological detergents on your naturally dyed yarns, as these will strip a lot of the colour out of your yarn. As a general rule when choosing colours that have been achieved with natural dyes: the more vibrant the shade, the bigger the chance that there is some excess dye-stuff remaining in the yarn.