Why is Alpaca So Warm? Glad You Asked!

We encounter a lot of the same questions throughout our product development, trade shows, and marketing of emiLime items. The major one is "I'm allergic to wool, will alpaca give me the same irritations?" Check out our recent post about Wool Allergies!

The second most popular question is "Why is alpaca wool warmer, or any different from other winter fibers?" 

To sum it up, alpaca fiber is hollow, allowing for better insulating capabilities. We can get into the nitty-gritty science of it all, but why use big fancy shmancy words when we have this info-graphic!

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the OPEN scarf and how to wear it

This scarf is one of our favorites. However, its also our most complex and versatile. 

The OPEN scarf is made of 100% sheep wool, loosely spun to leave 'open' spaces in the knit. We then added buttons across the length of the scarf that can be put through any space in the knit, allowing for ENDLESS possibilities! 


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Around emiLime: Hangtags and Care

Here at Emilime we are in the full swing of production – daily receiving new knit products from our artisans. Each of them leaves a small tag on their products with their names to indicate which pieces they made.  As Emilime grows, the 
number of these tags grows – who is Lidia?  Maria Elena?  Rocio?  What are their lives like?  We often visit our artisan workshops in the hope to bring you connection directly to the makers of your goods but to meet all of them feels impossible. 

So take the time to visualize them:  Lida with her needles, at home with her family.  Maria Elena walking through the hills tending her sheep, barely looking down at her knitting because she is a master.  Rocio in her yard - surrounded by her family.Unfortunately we have to cut these tags off as they do not fit with the standards of our clients and we must place professional hand tags on them where needed.  We are thinking of changing that so that you can speak the name of these artisans.

The beauty of the hand made is the time that goes into it to make it lovely. This loveliness also means durability, from the materials that we use to the techniques that means you will wear it for much longer than it took to make. 

Some care advice for your pieces to keep them longer: 

Dry clean or wash in cold water, minimal friction, use either shampoo or a delicate wash detergent. Lay flat to dry. Any abrasion or hot water will cause the products to felt.If you ever feel like the items have stretched, you can apply a light amount of steam with an iron to reshape the product. Alternatively, if anything feels to tight you can also add steam and lightly stretch and reshape. 

How to store them to preserve them longer:

If moths are a problem, you can store with other wool items in a sealed bag and if necessary add a moth repellant. Alpaca is quite durable and tends not to pill as easily as wool and acrylic, but snags and pulls can be the biggest issue. 

Perhaps it is presumptuous of us to suggest you take the time to invent the lives of these women in your minds eye but we believe that is worthwhile to stop and consider the process and energy that goes into our products.  If you would like more information about our artisans please reach out and share – we are happy to facilitate a relationship in order for you to connect with your knit ware and the person who made it.

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