If you like the sophisticated look of the cables combined with a good hot beanie, you will definitely enjoy the Arizona one!
The model is knitted from a lopi alpaca yarn, a simple stranded and fluffy yarn, which is made from the fiber of the year's crias (baby of the alpaca). The lopi yarn seems softer and fluffy to the touch, especially because it has fewer strands and twists than a more conventional yarn. It also gives a more fluffy appearance to knitting.
This yarn is spun from our alpaca fibre in a experienced semi-artisanal mill of New Brunswick. Not being an industrial thread, it is more unequal and gives a more artisanal character to this beanie. Some lopi thread used for this model oscillate between 100% alpaca and 85% Alpaca | 15% Merino Superwash. The addition of merino, in some cases, help the yarn to be more uniform in size. The alpaca is still in enough quantity for you to have all the advantages of the warmth of the alpaca and the addition of Merino does not change the softness of the yarn.
The Arizona model is an original of the farm and knitted on needles. I use the circular method which allows me to avoid any seam inside the knitting or an inelegant visible junction.
This beanie is available in several natural and hand-dyed colours;
Natural colors have the advantage of being more environmentally friendly because they do not require any dye and the color do not change after washing.
For dyes beanies, I use dyes that are without heavy metals and are more environmentally friendly than cheap conventional dyes. Some dye beanie are quite unique since they are made with skeins not only hand dyed... but hand painted one by one!
If you like pompoms, it is always possible to add extra hand sewn alpaca fur pompom for $25. The pompom can be remove and simply installed on any beanie with the two threads inserted between the stitchs on the top of the toque before making a loop inside. It can therefore be used on all your beanies without distinction because it does not need an element on the toque to be hooked.
To clean the beanie, it's simple; remove the Pompom if there is one and soak the beanie in mild soapy cold water for about 20 minutes. You have to press it once in a while to help it absorb the water without rubbing excessively. We rinse the same way and then press the beanie to evacuate the water without twisting the knitting. Just wrapped after that in a towel to remove any excess of waster. Finally, let allow it to dry flat at room temperature. If it is well wrung, it should be dry in about a night.