Holst Garn Lucia Alpaca/Silk/Wool/Yak 02 Poseidon
Lucia is our take on a luxurious light and airy yarn - just as you may know from the many silk mohair yarns on the market. There is however no mohair in Lucia.
- Lucia is available in 25 g balls
- Yardage: Approx. 200 meters/219 yards per 25 g
- Hand washing is recommended.
Indicative knitting gauges:
- 1 thread at needles 3-3½ mm/US 2-3 (Approx. 23 stitches = 10 cm/4 inches)
- 2 threads at needles 4-4½ mm/US 6-7 (Approx. 20 stitches = 10 cm/4 inches)
- When you use Holst Garn Lucia with another yarn, 1 thread will add approx. ½ a size to your knitting needles. If you usually knit for instance Coast at needles 3 mm/US 3 - Coast and Lucia knit together will fit a size 3½ mm/US 4.
Lucia is a perfect alternative to silk mohair. It can be used both alone and as a companion thread. Holst Garn Lucia is a exquisite blend of 42% Baby Alpaca, 35% Mulberry Silk, 13% Merino Wool and 10% Yak.
The construction of Lucia gives you endless possibilities. You can use the yarn alone or as a companion thread. You can knit it relatively tight but it will also work really well with a looser gauge. The wonderfully soft and voluminous part of the yarn will create a beautiful aura.
The Lucia yarn is first spun as a boucle yarn. The core of the yarn is 100% Mulberry Silk and the loops of the boucle is made of Baby Alpaca, Fine Merino Wool and Yak. Once the boucle is obtained the yarn is brushed to create the airy look. The fluffy part that will touch your skin is made of the wonderfully soft fibers Baby Alpaca, Fine Merino Wool and Yak.
The sheeps supplying the Fine Merino Wool for our Lucia yarn, live in Argentina. Here the sheeps are sheared once a year between October and December. The wool is 20.5 micron - and naturally from non mulesing herds.
The Yak comes from the yak ox living in the inaccessible regions surrounding the Himalayas. Here the temperature can drop as low as -40 degrees Celsius during the Winter. In order to withstand the biting cold, the yak has developed a fine layer of down fibers, which insulate the animals against the extreme cold. The down fibers are developed during Autumn and Winter – and then shed naturally in the late Spring. The yak is neither combed nor shorn. All the wool comes from the natural drop of fleece which is collected by the local people.
The wool is then dehaired, leaving only the finest of the fibers. The Yak used for Haya is 18.5/19.5 micron.
The yak wool is dark brown. When mixed with Baby Alpaca, Fine Merino Wool and Mulberry Silk this will give a greyish base. We have included this colour in our collection under the name Shadow.
All other colours are dyed on top of Shadow. We have used solid colours in shades which, in combination with the greyish base, give a balanced melange effect.
Lucia is produced in Peru at a large and reputable spinnery. Animal welfare is a high priority and the spinnery have clear guidelines for breeding, shearing and the everyday life for the Alpacas. It is for instance a requirement that the owner of the animals is physically present at the shearing – this is to ensures that the animals are treated with respect.
We have worked with this spinnery for many years, and we know that they will take immediate action if their guidelines are not being followed.
The spinnery is certified according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and all dying of the wool is done accordingly.
Excess water and fibers are recycled to the greatest possible extent – which is not only great for the environment but the economy as well.
The spinnery also has RAS (Responsible Alpaca Standard) and Fair Trade certificates.
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