November for Knit Picks means launching a few new yarn lines to compliment our Big Sale and ever growing collection, plus the return of our favorite self stripping yarn: Felici with six new colors in both fingering and worsted weights.
Simply Wool is an Eco Wool which means that the great care is not only given to the animals but the wool processing as well: it is not dyed or bleached.
The sheep are very well looked after by their shepherds; each sheep is given a name, which is way we named our colors the way we did; to reflect the close relationship the shepherds have with their sheep. They are treated with affection and it is not unusual in the mountain region to see little girls in particular treating the young lambs as pets.
Shearing is carried out as a craft, great care being taken not to harm the animal. The bulkiness and creamy white color of the wool are due to three main factors: that, over a period of almost five centuries, the shepherds have found out which types of fodder result in a high-quality wool; that they have allowed some novel crossbreeding to take place giving rise to a new bread yielding wool with unique textile characteristics – Andean Highland Wool; and the natural environment, very dependent on the different altitudes (3500 m / 11500 ft) and seasonal periods which occur only in the Andes.
Simply Alpaca is a Superfine Alpaca and the alpaca are treated with the same care and tenderness as the sheep. Again the color palette is all natural and the colors are not bleached or dyed. The particular blend is 4-ply, Aran Weight, 246yds per 100gm hank, and is extremely soft – hardly any of that alpaca itch.
The Chroma Family just didn’t feel complete so we added a lace weight. It’s the same color-transitioning 70% Superwash Wool and 30% Nylon blend yarn boasting 874 yds per 100gm ball. Pair the brightest colors with your boldest projects, or choose a subdued shade for gentle waves of changing color. The colors move gently through a single ply, creating subtly blended and shaded sections. PLUS we added two new colors: Monsoon & Stormfront.