Casiopea

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Cassiopeia is one of the constellations compiled in Ptolemy’s 2nd century star catalogue, the Almagest. It is easily recognised by its five bright stars that form a familiar asterism in the circumpolar boreal sky. Cassiopeia points north (and to the pole star) pointing from its “M” or “W” ends.

Cassiopeia is the mother of Andromeda and wife of Cepheus, king of Ethiopia. Queen Cassiopeia boasted of her beauty, comparing her to the Nereids, daughters of the sea god Nereus, known as the most beautiful creatures of all. This pride was the cause of her misfortune, provoking the wrath of Poseidon, who sent the sea monster Ceto to devastate the kingdom.

Trying to save Ethiopia, Cepheus and Cassiopeia consulted an oracle, who told them that the only way to appease the god of the sea was to offer their daughter as a sacrifice. Andromeda was stripped of her clothes and chained to a rock at the edge of the sea, awaiting death at the hands of Cepheus. However, the hero Perseus, returning from killing Medusa, fell in love with the young captive and used her slaughtered head to defeat Ceto by turning it into coral, thus saving Andromeda’s life and eventually marrying her.

Not wanting to leave Cassiopeia unpunished, Poseidon placed her in the heavens tied to a chair in such a position that, as the vault of heaven rotates, she is upside down half the time. The constellation resembles this throne, which originally represented an instrument of torture. Cassiopeia is not always depicted bound to the chair as torment; in some later images she holds a mirror, a symbol of her vanity.

Features and details:

70% Baby Alpaca – 30% Mulberry silk
Thickness Aran (3/5Nm)
Approximately 166 m per 100 g
Recommended knitting needles: 4.5 – 5.5mm (US 7 – 9)
Sample (stockinette stitch): 18 p x 24 rows in 10cm/4 in on 5mm needles (US 8)
Recommended crochet hooks 5.5 – 6.5 mm (US 8)
Sample (garter stitch): 12 p and 17 v in 10 cm/ 4 in on 6 mm needles

 

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Description

Yarn for knitting cowl

Baby alpaca yarn comes from the first shearing and is even softer than normal alpaca wool. It is very warm, warmer than sheep wool, it does not itch, it is strong and hypoallergenic. It is perfect for knitting baby clothes.

Because it has so good properties, the clothes you knit with it will have a better quality than even cashmere and mohair.  The garments last for many years due to the resistance of the fibre.

Why does alpaca yarn does not produce allergies? Because it does not contain lanolin, so it is perfect for people who have very delicate skin. It also has a low water absorption, so it does not suffer from deformations.

Of course, just like sheep’s wool, it is flame retardant, which means it is fire resistant.

How to block alpaca and silk yarn?

In our experience, it is enough to stretch the garment and pin it on a mat (or any surface that allows it), spray it with water and a few drops of your favourite essential oil or perfume for wool using a spray bottle and soak it well and then wait until it is perfectly dry to remove it. You can use in this step our yarn perfume. 

How to care for alpaca garments?

Hand wash:

Put in water, leave to soak and apply neutral soap. Rub gently and rinse with new water.

To remove excess water, open a towel, put the garment on top and roll it up without tightening. DO NOT STRESS as you may deform the garment.

Dry in the shade (to keep the colours longer) and horizontally.

Sustainability: Beautiful yarns…

…that take care of your health… Synthetic fibres do not allow the skin to breathe and make it irritate, and many of them are petroleum products that have been dyed with dyes containing heavy metals and other toxic substances. Natural fibres, however, allow the skin to ventilate while protecting against the cold and insulating against heat.

… and the environment… Alpaca, being a natural fibre, is made using more environmentally friendly techniques. It is also 100% biodegradable.

In addition, alpaca fibres from Peru, such as these, are fair trade fibres. This means that higher (fair) prices are offered to the producers so that they can produce under better conditions, the situation of the workers is also taken care of and the improvement of their conditions is sought.

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Weight0,15 kg

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