• A is for Alpaca. Alpacas are our favorite animal and where we get the superior fleece in Norlander’s exceptional Alpaca Socks.
  • B is for Breeds. There are two breeds of Alpaca- Huacaya and Suri. Huacaya are fuzzy like a teddy bear and make up 90% of the Alpacas in North America.
  • C is for Cria. Baby alpacas are called Cria and may be the cutest baby animal in existence*
  • D is for Dung. Alpacas use a communal dung pile. Their dung is valued by gardeners as excellent fertilizer.
  • E is for Excellent Socks. Alpaca is used in Norlander Alpaca Socks because it is soft, insulating and comfortable against bare skin.
  • F is for Fleece. Don’t call it wool! Alpacas have very dense and fast-growing fleece, which is shorn in the summer due to heat. Alpaca fiber produced is fine, strong, hard-wearing, soft, lightweight, luxurious, thermal, and hypoallergenic. Norlander Alpaca Socks use this fleece to make the best alpaca socks possible.
  • is for Grazing. Alpacas are grazing animals. Their padded feet do little damage to the turf because they chew plants from the ground without damaging roots.
  • is for Hypoallergenic and Hollow Fiber. Alpaca fleece doesn’t contain lanolin which makes it hypoallergenic and allows processing without harsh chemicals. Alpaca fleece is also completely hollow, unlike sheep’s wool which only contains pockets of air. Similar to polar bear fur, alpaca fleece allows air to penetrate the surface and become trapped inside for added warmth. These qualities make Norlander Socks warmer than wool socks but without the itch!
  • I is for Inca. It is believed the Inca people were the first to domesticate alpacas.  Treasured for their fine fleece, alpaca clothing was reserved for Incan royalty.
  • J is for Joke. Here’s an alpaca joke. Q: What do you call it when Alpacas sing? A: Alpacapella.
  • K is for Keeper. Some alpacas’ human keepers halter train them and show them in competitions.
  • L is for Llama. Alpacas are not llamas! They are smaller, and have more luxurious fleece but they are both camelids. Llamas have banana-like ears, whereas alpacas have shorter, straighter, and more pointy ears. The llama is about twice the size of the alpaca and the ones who like to spit! Alpacas rarely spit and prefer to vocalize if upset.
  • M is for Moisture Wicking. Norlander Alpaca Socks wick moisture away from your skin so your feet stay dry and comfortable. This means they are wonderful hiking, biking, running, fishing and hunting socks.
  • N is for Norlander Sock Company. Norlander has a herd of alpacas in the beautiful, rolling hills of Missouri Wine Country.
  • O is for Original. Norlander Alpaca Socks are an original and fun gift. Our socks feature a knit alpaca with a heart on the insole; they’re the perfect sock!
  • P is for Peru, the world’s largest producer of Alpaca fleece. Alpacas are native to the Peruvian Andes. Peru is home to 80% of the world’s Alpaca population.
  • Q is for Quality. Norlander Alpaca Socks are the highest quality Alpaca Socks on the market! Norlander Socks makes heavy and lightweights socks.
  • R is Rainbow of Hues There are over 22 natural colours, ranging from shades of white, grey, brown, and blackAlpaca Fiber comes in tones from white to light rose gray to dark fawn and blends made from these, minimizing the need for pollution intensive dying. Norlander Alpaca Socks are colorful and come in a variety of colors appropriate for business or casual wear.
  • S is for Socks! Norlander Alpaca Socks are truly superior socks at a fair price. Shop today and make your feet happy!
  • is for The Best Blend Norlander Alpaca Socks are blended with just enough synthetic fibers to make them machine washable and durable. Norlander Alpaca Socks can be machine washed and tumble dried without shrinking or losing their shape.
  • U is for Unique because Alpaca Socks are a unique, special gift. Give Norlander Alpaca Socks to someone special who loves comfort and warmth. Alpaca socks are also great for those who have chronically cold feet or live in areas with brutal winters!
  • V is for Variety. Norlander Alpaca Socks come in a variety of colors and styles. Lightweight style ankle, short, and crew Norlander Alpaca Socks are perfect year round and Heavyweight short, crew, and boot Alpaca Socks will keep your feet warm and comfortable on the coldest days.
  • W is for Water-Resistant  Alpaca fiber is water-resistant and can wick away moisture. Norlander Alpaca Socks feel lighter than wool but warmer than cotton in cool or damp climates.
  • X if for eXcellent socks. Norlander Alpaca Socks are excellent socks that will keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable.
  • Y is for Yarn Alpaca is a hollow core fiber so it keeps you warmer than wool when you need to be warm, but breathes when you need to be cool. Alpaca yarn can be used for a variety of knitted items including SOCKS!
  • Z is for Zoo animals. Many zoos keep alpacas because of their good natured personalities. Here is a video of two of the alpacas at the St. Louis Emerson’s Children Zoo.
Alpaca Babies are called Cria.

*Told you Cria are adorable!