Hey everyone, I'm sorta new here. Been lurking a while, but now I've come up with a question! I'm toying with the idea of replacing our (wife and I) bulky, heavy, warm-weather sleeping bags with a quilt. I've found various patterns online, I think I can make a 2-person quilt without *too* much problem. BTW This would be mostly for canoe camping, occasional hiking. It doesn't need to be "ultra" light, just compactable.
My question though.....instead of using down (too expensive and ineffective if wet) I thought I'd use some Alapaca wool that I've got. It's loose and fluffy, not woven. It's right off of the animal! I've got 15lbs of it, so I've got plenty to experiment with. So why not give it a try? From what I understand, it's at least as warm as down or possibly warmer. It's quite fluffy, compresses fairly easily, and pops back to it's original "loftiness" (at least, it has so far). A bit like giant, football-sized cotton balls. It behaves very much like loose cotton.
So my only concerns are: For a 3 season quilt, how much of this do I use??? Should I just stuff it into baffles like a down quilt and aim for maybe 2" loft (or is 2" too much)? Should I try and comb it into a large blanket (like primaloft comes) and sew it between the DWR nylon? I don't want the thing to be *too* warm, lest we roast in our sleep and curse the day we thought of this hair-brained scheme. I've found commercial alpaca comfortors online, but I really don't know how warm/heavy they are.
Anyone out there have any experience/advice for me? Also, I could use any tips or pointers on making the quilt ;-)