Sam Holmes Boucle
This wonderful range of boucle knitwear is made of 76% alpaca, 10% bamboo, 6% polyamide, 8% metalised fibre. Hand crafted in Peru.
Frosted Fingerless Mittens are made up from 67% alpaca, 23% bamboo, 10% metalised fibre. Hand crafted in Peru.
Alpaca has unique hollow fibres which have higher insulating properties than any other wool. The fibre has a low prickle factor and can be worn by those who normally cannot tolerate wool next to their skin. Alpaca naturally repels bacteria and odour so these will easily do a season and just wash at the end.
We have found that alpaca knitwear wash beautifully and there is no shrinkage at all, ever.
It is not heat that will ruin your alpaca goods but agitation, this is why it is imperative to do them on a wool cycle only in your machine – or hand wash of course. Beware of washing machines that are microchipped - once you have selected a setting it cannot be changed if it is incorrect - the programme is set (Miele is the prime example) and no amount of knob twiddling will change that setting!
- Wash on a 30/40° C wool cycle.
- Wash in a net bag or pillowcase.
- Can be washed gently by hand in tepid water with a short spin.
- Wash dark colours separately.
- Reshape while damp.
- Do not bleach.
- Dry naturally – they do take 24 hours to air dry properly.
- Do not dry on direct heat such as a radiator or Aga.
- Do not tumble dry.
- Can be dry cleaned