This is a beautiful natural black 100% suri yarn spun from grade two fiber provided by my spoiled herd here at Bag End Suris. This yarn is a natural color - it has not been dyed or altered in any way. The morning sunlight in the photo has washed the black out a bit - it truly is a deep, lovely color. As with all undyed natural colors, there may be lighter fibers in the yarn, as few alpacas are truly all one color. Arin and Piucca contributed to the making of this yarn - meet them and more at www.bagendsuris.com
Each skein measures approximately 200 yards and is a two-ply fingering weight with roughly 18 wraps per inch. This is a heavy yarn at almost four ounces per skein. Suri alpaca is quite different than huacaya - it is a heavy, lustrous fiber with no crimp that behaves like silk when spun into yarn. This yarn was mill spun for us by Aroostook Fiber Works in Aroostook County, Maine.
What can you expect from suri yarns? (courtesy of the Suri Network, www.surinetwork.org)
• Fine suri yarn is a beautiful lustrous yarn, • Like cashmere in its softness and silk in its drape and luster. • It takes color as beautifully as silk or kid mohair.
What are the properties of suri yarn? • Its drape and weight make it perfect for garments that drape rather than cling. • Fine and open work garments are warm. • Not as elastic as wool but more elastic than silk, cotton or bamboo. • Suri blocks and holds its shape, that is it is resilient if it is not made of heavy yarn and not knit loosely.
What does fine mean? • Fibers are classed by micron. British cashmere is < 19 microns. Vicuna <14 microns. • Alpaca, including suri, includes a wide range of fineness and the fleece is classed accordingly. The Suri Network, along with the Australians, the Canadians, and Peruvians class fibers as follows: Grade #1,Suri Ultimate, <20 microns (μm), Grade #2, Suri Superfine, 20 -22.9 μm, Grade #3, Suri Classic, 23-25.9μm, Grade # 4, 26-28.9μm. Grade #5, 29-31.9μm, G6 32-35μm. Classing provides guidelines for sorting fiber into micron, color and staple length. The fibers’ micron grade will determine how the yarn is used as well as its price.
How do I use my fine suri yarn? How do I find patterns? • Suri — fine, lustrous, sound, consistent in handle and staple length is a luxury fiber. • This yarn is ideally suited to shawls and scarves but also lace sweaters, christening bonnets and dresses, and wedding veils. • Whether spun in a fine lace weight (250 yds/oz) or a light fingering (75 – 100 yds.oz) it should adapt easily to patterns for such garments. Attention to needle size is important. • Go down a needle size or two from a pattern created for wool. Always check gauge! • Patterns for silk and fine cotton should behave much the same as suri as these yarns do not have the elasticity of wool. Patterns for huacaya fall somewhere in between — not as elastic as wool, not as silky as suri or silk. So again, check the gauge.
What needles should I choose? • For knitting suri yarn smooth wooden or bamboo needles are good; for lace projects addi lace needles are wonderful. As suri is a slippery yarn, the addi lace needles have just enough drag to hold the yarn on the needle and are still fast and addi lace needles now come in a full range of sizes. • The size needle can very according to the project. The finer the needle the more stable the finished piece.