Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends yarn is part of a line of more natural yarns, using materials such as bamboo, organic cotton and in this case, the wool of an alpaca, a small furry cousin of the llama. It consists of 30% alpaca wool and 70% acrylic, and it sells for $ 3.99 per 100 gram skein. It looks beautiful, soft and easy to handle with a lovely sheen. Working with it is another matter though. The yarn knits up nicely, forming a rather thick fabric with a fuzzy appearance, but it splits very easily, it sticks to wooden needles, and sheds bits of what looks like hair while you work with it. When I was done knitting a few rows I looked like I had been snuggling with an alpaca, albeit a pink one.
It can be washed by hand and in cold water only, and putting it in the dryer will turn it into a felted nightmare. It does come in a variety of pretty colors with all natural names such as Wheat, Tundra, Persimmon, and the one I picked for a baby blanket which is called Peony.
In short, my recommendation: perfect for a warm, snuggly blanket, a winter sweater, or a pair of thick lounging socks, but not for the beginning knitter and not for the busy mom of four who doesn't have time to wash items by hand after a day or two of use.