Warmer than wool and as soft as cashmere, what is not to love about the Yak? A large domesticated wild Ox with shaggy hair... so they say. What you wouldn’t expect from looking at a yak is that its fibre is as soft as cashmere, extremely durable and lightweight and preserves heat in winter yet breathes in warmer weather.
Yalana is our personal favourite – a blend of 50% Yak and 50% merino lamb’s wool, this yarn is beautifully soft with a textured look, that is particularly visible when dyed. The colours tend to be deep and rich – just looking at it makes me smile.
Being a sport weight, Yalana knits up quickly and can be luxurious substitute for any of our Doolin or Softwool patterns.
In a nutshell for 1 skein:
50% yak / 50% merino lamb
300/ 328 yards
Origin: Yak - Tibet, Merino - USA
Spun: in Mongolia
Naturally dyed in Ireland
How we made these colours:
|Near Water||Indigo* & Lac***||Alum|
Knitting - that is easily washed of with soap and even healthy!)
Vegan note: please be aware that we use Lac and Cochineal dyes as well, which would be of animal origin ~ Cochineal** - small louse; Lac*** - the casing made by beetles to hatch and protect their eggs.