You can not imagine my dismay when I received an email this morning, a communique from the Handsome Cabin Boy who was just in sheep country in Australia and did not buy yarn because no yarn was available that was free of alpaca.
no ya.... in... sheep country and did not buy yarn....
The haste with which I opened an email to assure him that indeed, alpaca is fine, nay, alpaca is MORE than fine, was somewhat amusing. I got a little frantic, even.
Mental note. Specifying "Merino" to traveling friends is good. Telling them things such as, "Sock yarn, lace weight, etc." is also good. Perhaps next time, also add: Cashmere, alpaca, silk, vicuna and other luxury natural fibers in any blend are acceptable, encouraged and even guaranteed to be a popular choice.