Day 4 – An Expensive Yarn

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Today I wish for… A sweater’s worth of rare vicuña yarn.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, my passion is knitting. And so this yarn would be very high on my luxury Christmas list.

Vicuña fleece is the rarest, most expensive natural fiber in the world. Its insulating properties make it warmer than wool, and its micron properties make it even finer than cashmere.

Cousin to the alpaca, llama and the wild guanaco, the vicuña is the smallest member of the camelid family. Vicuñas live in the high alpine areas of the Andes and remain protected in Peru. Local harvesting now involves a “round-up, shear, release” program of vicuña, a practice that actually goes back to the time of the Incas, who also recognized the need to protect these animals.

Vicuna fiber is so desirable that some people are willing to pay $1,500 for a Vicuna scarf, and upwards of $20,000 for a men’s Vicuna coat.

Cost for a sweater’s worth of this yarn (approx. 1,200 yards) = $1,800

DON’T FORGET TO ENTER OUR DRAWING!

Each month, I will give away a package to the lucky winner. Each month will include a different challenge for a chance to win!

Here’s your December Challenge:
If money were not an issue, what would be at the top of your Christmas list? (And even though “world peace” would be great, let’s be honest! This should be something just for you.)

Enter your answer to the above question in the Comment section of any post from now through December 31. (I will be posting every day from now until then.) I will announce the winner of the December Challenge on the blog on New Year’s Day.

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