What is VM?
VM is Vegetable Matter. Little bits of hay, seeds, weeds, etc that can get caught in the fiber
Why is there VM in my fiber and/or yarn?
Alpacas like to roll. In their hay, in the dirt, in the weeds. Therefore they pick up any amount of vegetable matter. A lot of it will be removed throughout the multiple steps of processing-a little more each time. Sometimes it does make it all the way to the yarn, however it can easily be picked out by hand or with a pair of tweezers.
Why does my fiber and/or yarn say Royal Baby Alpaca, Baby Alpaca or Superfine Alpaca?
These are the Grades of the fiber-it does not mean it came from a baby alpaca. Grade 1-Royal Baby Alpaca fiber has a micron count of <20, Grade 2-Baby Alpaca fiber has a micron count of 20-22.9, Grade 3-Superfine Alpaca fiber has a micron count of 23-25.9, Grade 4-Medium Alpaca Fiber has a micron count of 26-28.9, Grade 5-Intermediate Alpaca Fiber has a micron count of 29-32 and Grade 6-Robust or Super-course Alpaca Fiber has a micron count of 32.1-35. All Grades have different recommended uses from fine yarns to rug yarns and felting.
What Natural Colors do alpacas come in?
There are 16 recognized colors. White, Beige, Light Fawn, Medium Fawn, Dark Fawn, Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, Bay Black, True Black, Light Silver Grey, Medium Silver Grey, Dark Silver Grey, Light Rose Grey, Medium Rose Grey and Dark Rose Grey