Alpaca and Blue Faced Leicester Cream Aran


Introducing our first super soft, super cosy Aran yarn.  We have created this yarn from blending fleece from local alpacas with finest Blue Faced Leicester fleece. Spun at the Border Mill in the Scottish Borders this a versatile, 100% British  2-ply Aran ideal for autumn and winter knits and crochet projects.  We have created three natural shades – classic cream, pebble and slate by blending different coloured alpaca fleeces.

The alpaca fleece brings the soft classic cream colour and softness and the Blue Faced Leicester ensures the yarn has structure.   My initial project was the Earl Grey hat by Clare Devine – really pleased with how it turned out.  I am not an expert knitter, and it survived a couple of false starts when my cables went wonky!  After that I knitted the winter starlight shawl by Janina Kallio in the three colours – its very lovely!

We sent the yarn to Kate at Hawthorn Cottage Craft who kindly agreed to try it out.  She thought it was ‘absolutely beautiful’  Hear the full review (she said lots more) on her podcast Episode 15.  You can hear it here ‘Absolutely beautiful’ – review of our new Aran  A really encouraging review.



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The classic cream Aran is a blend of 70% bright, white fleece from Heatherbell Alpacas in Northumberland and fleece from Columbus, a fine white boy from Higham Alpacas in Fife, and 30% Blue Faced Leicester sheep fleece.

Approximately 180m per 100g skein.

We used size 4mm needles for the swatch and achieved 22 stitches and 26 rows.  We would recommend 3.5mm needles to show off cables and twists.    It would be ideal for jumpers and is soft enough to be next to skin for accessories.

If you would like to add some detail or trim with the pebble and the slate shades, try a mini-skein

Hope you love it – it’s a very special yarn