My daughter is turning 17, and to my surprise she asked for a blanket like I made for my expectant niece. She wanted it soft and warm. I searched and decided on Alpaca. I love the feel and warmth. Draw backs are the size of the skein 45yds and that it sheds a bit. I had to buy more skeins and now the price of this blanket is huge. It will last forever so it is worth it, just like she is.
This wool/alpaca blend knits up quickly and beautifully with great stitch definition. I used a basic rib pattern and it's so pretty. I would have given it 5 stars but for the following: if you need to rip a few rows out, the yarn becomes somewhat fuzzy. So keep checking your work to avoid having to rip out rows. I also wish there was more yardage for the price. Regardless, it's a little luxury worth the price.