Knitting was easy and fast, although I did snag a stray ply now and then. Tugging the surrounding yarn brought the plies back into order.
At one point I did encounter a rather unusual series of half-knots similar to the ones you use when attaching a new drive band to a spinning wheel. It may have been the mill's attempt at a sturdy, knittable knot, but it produced a firm and visible lump in the knitted fabric. I ended up untying the whole thing and attaching the new strand at the beginning of a new row.
Blocking / Washing
There was no difference in gauge, nor was there any visible bloom or change in surface texture.
This was a pleasant surprise, as I was worried the alpaca and cashmere wouldn't adhere to one another and that, with the slightest amount of friction, the cashmere would wear itself loose from the fabric.
With friction the swatches became even more fluid and relaxed. I could see a delicate surface fuzz appear, but only when holding the swatch horizontally. Otherwise, the yarn's crisp stitch definition concealed the fuzz. Eventually tiny cloudlike pills emerged but were easily removed.
In sweater terms, a medium-sized drop-shoulder women's pullover would require some 1800 yards of Ambrosia, or 17 skeins (translating to $118). But I see less-expensive options too.
For parents who don't mind washing things by hand, Ambrosia begs to be made into an heirloom-quality baby sweater or blanket. And I'd most love to see this in a shawl, where you could get away with about 1100 yards of yarn—or 10 skeins, for under $70.
Yes, that's more than the average cost for a Knit Picks garment... but what a garment!
80% baby alpaca
6 stitches per inch on US 3 to 5 needles
Average retail price
Where to buy online
Weight/yardage per skein
50 g / 110 yards
Country of origin<
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash dry flat.
Color used in review
None—Knit Picks does not sell its yarn wholesale to other stores.