Cumbria Alpaca Sock Yarn
This yarn is being unveiled at unravel 2019 at the Farnham Maltings next week. This yarn is a blend of 47% British alpaca with 43% Blue Faced Leicester wool blended with 10% nylon.
We buy the Blue Faced Leicester wool from farms around the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria, so this really is a local yarn. We carefully skirt and grade each fleece at Town End. This wool was then blended with white and coloured British alpaca fleeces which we clean and grade on a wire mesh over an old table tennis table. The fleeces are mainly white but about 15% are black, fawn, brown and grey. The resulting natural oatmeal colour is a great base for the eight dyed shades:Aubergine, Turquoise, Pink, Olive, Mustard, Midnight, Grey and Rust.
After scouring (washing), carding, combing with the nylon and dyeing, all in West Yorkshire, the fibre was finally spun. We have plied and hanked a small amount for hand-knitters – the rest is being knitted into socks for Arbon Socks…..