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  • Free postage on UK orders over £35, over £50 to Europe and £75 rest of the world.

British Alpaca Knitting wool

Pure, natural British alpaca wool from UK herds and spun in small batches in the UK.

Soft alpaca, merino and silk DK yarn.

Sock yarns spun and dyed in the UK from local alpaca and Blue Faced Leicester wool.

British Alpaca and local Blue Faced Leicester wool makes a soft DK knitting yarn

Alpaca and organic Falklands Merino for a soft, delicate yarn

Hand dyed wool nepps spun with Shetland and alpaca creates a tweedy DK yarn.

Shetland fleece woollen spun with coloured alpaca makes a great yarn for aran style jumpers.

Alpaca knit

Knitting patterns to make your own hats and other garments.

A Range of Luxury Fibres

We offer pure natural alpaca and alpaca blended with other luxury fibres for hand knitting.

Knitting support

Knitting Advice & Support

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TRADITIONAL HAND-KNITTING YARNS

I produce luxurious knitting wools in beautiful colours and from natural fibres.  Although now retired from breeding alpacas in the Lake District, I still use my knowledge of alpaca fibre to make a variety of alpaca blend yarns.  I love fleece and I’m fascinated by the different characteristics of British sheep – I select the finest, softest fibres for my yarns.

I sell the yarns at our shop, Woollen, in Frome, Somerset, on-line, over the phone and through selected yarn shops across the country.

Some of the yarns are also knitted into socks in the UK.  The full range of alpaca and wool socks are available through our other brand Arbon Socks.

  • ‘Somerset’ is an alpaca and wool sock yarn.  It is our own blend of 50% British alpaca with 50% soft, fine Blue Faced Leicester wool.

    Somerset Sock yarn is available in its natural oatmeal and nine over-dyed shades which give depth to the yarn.

    This yarn knits to Sock, Fingering weight or light 4 ply knitting patterns, (but always knit a tension swatch).  There are approximately 400m per 100g.  The yarn is sold in 100g hanks.  If you would like us to ball your yarn for you, please make a note on the order.

    Wash gently by hand or in the wool cycle of your machine with a small amount of non-bio detergent.  Do not tumble dry.  The yarn has been washed, but some surface residue dye may come out in the first wash, particularly with the deeper colours.

  • ‘Westmorland Worsted’ is an alpaca and wool yarn.  It is our own blend of 50% British alpaca with 50% soft, fine Blue Faced Leicester wool.

    Westmorland Worsted is available in its natural oatmeal and twelve over-dyed shades which give depth to the colours.

    This yarn knits to worsted or light aran weight knitting patterns, (but always knit a tension swatch).  There are approximately 200m per 100g.  The yarn is sold in 100g hanks.  If you would like us to ball your yarn for you, please make a note on the order.

    Wash gently by hand or in the wool cycle of your machine with a small amount of non-bio detergent.  Do not tumble dry.  The yarn has been washed, but some surface residue dye may come out in the first wash, particularly with the deeper colours.

  • ‘Merino Twist’ is a pure Merino wool 4ply weight knitting yarn.  We have put plenty of twist in the yarn to make it hardwearing for knitting socks,  This yarn is also suitable for garments and accessories.  Merino Twist is available in ten colours.

    This yarn knits to 4ply, Sock or Fingering weight knitting patterns, (but always knit a tension swatch).  A typical needle size for stocking stitch is 3.5 to 3.75 mm needles.  There are approximately 200m per 50g and the yarn is sold in 50g balls.

    This fibre has been Superwash treated, so you may wash it in the wool cycle of your machine with a small amount of non-bio detergent.  Do not tumble dry.

MORECAMBE – Our British alpaca and Blue Faced Leicester wool DK

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Pure, Natural alpaca yarns from British bred alpacas

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Knit lacy tops and shawls with our Fingering yarn

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Woolly UK alpaca and Shetland yarns

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Thames – our super-soft Alpaca with Merino & Silk DK

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