Peruvian Handspun Yarn: Creme
Handspinning is what the Peruvian highland women do–all the time–while walking, sitting, talking, tending sheep, tending children. It’s a portable craft. And the yarn that’s spun is woven into exquisitely fine warp-faced weaves on backstrap looms. But there comes a time when the women elders can no longer weave these fine cloths due to poor eyesight or other health constraints. But they can spin–it’s built into their hand memory. So the elders of Pitumarca, members of the CTTC cooperative, have made this softly spun, 100% alpaca yarn, light sportweight yarn. We call it Q’aytu (kie-two), the Quechua word for thread. It’s lovely for crochet, knitting or weaving. It has the charming slight irregularity of handmade yarn, but of very skillful hands with decades, a lifetime, of practice. Choose from five shades that blend together beautifully. We recommend working from two skeins of yarn at a time (changing between skeins every two rows) in order to blend the coloring and avoid any striping.
- about 200 yds/50 gram
- 100% alpaca
- light sportweight, about 22 sts = 4″ on a size 3 needle.
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