Natural Yarn Yak down 328 yards Hypoallergenic sport weight soft luxurious Intense Dark Roxanne

$26.00


Yak down . Yak sounds funny, its downy fiber is serious luxury. It is exceptionally soft and smooth and on the Swoon-worthy scale gets a 10.
"The soft qualities of the yak's fiber make it a favorite of knitters, spinners & weavers throughout the world."
Join me in swooning over this under-appreciated very, very special fiber. I put it right up there with cashmere. Plus, they are kind of cute in a woolly mammoth kind of way..
See below for some interesting Yak Facts!
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YARN NAME | Roxanne

COLOR | Intense Dark (chocolate craving)

YARN | 100% pure yak down

WEIGHT | 100 grams

LENGTH | 328 yards

US NEEDLE SIZE | 5-6

GAUGE | 3 3/4-4 1/4 stitches per inch

CARE | hand wash gentle - air dry flat

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* Y * A * K * * F * A * C * T * S *

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Luxury

Why is this highly sought after yak down considered a luxury yarn?
Softness and rarity..

Because the exceptionally soft undercoat or down is made up of fibers from 18 -20 microns , and because, yak down is similar to qiviut in rarity.

Its easy to confuse Yak downs' luxurious hand feel with cashmere. That's because the ultrafine and soft down fibers that help yaks survive so well during the winter months. Yaks survive in some of the coldest climates on the planet because Nature has given them a remarkably warm wool coat.

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Harvesting Sustainability

Just like special small-farm hand raised natural food, the Yak down is gathered by hand by nomads in the Himalayas, as the animals shed their undercoat naturally..
The yaks eat wild plants found only at high altitudes and the
women who gather the yak down benefit directly . The income allows them to
improve well-being while maintaining sustainable rural lifestyles.

The long (coarse) guard hairs, which resemble horse hair, are not generally used for yarn.
This is very similar to Cashmere, as only a small amount of the downy undercoat is used, and each animal yields only about 100 grams per year.


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Hypoallergenic & Free of itchiness

There is no lanolin in the downy fiber making it easy to clean and hypoallergenic.
Unlike sheep's wool, the scales of yak fiber are in a waved mosaic pattern,
resulting in a very smooth fiber that does not itch.
The exceptional downy soft qualities of the yak's fiber make it a favorite of knitters, spinners & weavers throughout the world.
The tiny ringlets you see are referred to as crimp giving the end garment loft, warmth,
and softness.

Cutie Yak Picture: http://campbellmom.blogspot.com/2008/08/perils-of-poetry.html
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