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I couldn't wait any longer. I really want to know what knitting with actual good wool is like, so I went ahead and bought the Knit Picks worsted Andes wool, because that would work with the knitting needles that I do have with me at college. So, that ought to ship by sometime next week, and then, I can finally finish this BB properly and make a hotpad with actual wool!
 
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Yes, alpaca would be good for making a hot pad.
 
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Alpaca fiber hotpad.

Used a garter stitch to make it a little thicker.
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I choose Ashford Tekapo 8-ply yarn because I had some left over from another project.  It's 100% wool and I knit two strands of yarn together in garter stitch (knit both ways - no purl) to make a thicker hot pad.

In my defence, I am knitting one haded due to an injury, for this project so the tension didn't turn out as good as normal.  
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The KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Worsted Weight Yarn arrived about a week and a half ago. I underestimated how much the yarn floofs up when I was doing the casting on, so I ended up making the hotpad much bigger than I intended to. So, I used one ball and a bit more yarn.

This yarn is very nice, and it is quite soft. I really like it. Just a few notes about using actual wool yarn, since I think this is the first time I've used real wool yarn, is that it does indeed shed hair when you knit with it. I smelled the yarn, and it does smell a little like an animal. Also, I caught the yarn more between the fibers when I was knitting with it, which may just be a property of real wool yarn much with the artificial stuff I got for cheap or free that I have been working with mostly.
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If you don't have use for such a wide potholder, you can always felt it down! Thank you for sharing your review of the knitpics yarn--I was really wondering how good the yarn is.
 
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