Alpaca and Blue Faced Leicester Aran mini skeins


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.  These mini-skeins are ideal for smaller projects or projects requiring contrast colours for colour work, details and trims.  It has 50% classic cream, 25% slate and 25% pebble yarns – not less than 100g and 180m per skein.

The alpaca fleece brings the colours and softness and the Blue Faced Leicester ensures the yarn brings the  structure and strength.   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!

You can see how the colours work together in our swatch square and a very lovely Winter Starlight shawl (designer Janina Kallio/Woolenberry)

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.

Hope you love it too!


3 in stock



Our super soft Aran is a blend of 70% alpaca fleece from local herds, and 30% Blue Faced Leicester sheep fleece.

This skein offers the opportunity to sample the three colours, cream, pebble and slate, for smaller projects or to provide details and trim to larger items – not less than 180m and 100g per skein.  Think contrast colours for colourwork, trims for cosy socks, details for hats.  We have used it for the trim on a Winter Starlight shawl

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