Coastalyarns supply locally sourced and hand spun Alpaca yarns from Cornwall.
Complimenting our local supply we have sourced a fantastic range of luxurious and beautiful yarns from leading brands such as Artesano, Rowan, Fyberspates, and Rooster, which we believe to be among the finest in the world in a range of fantastic colours.
Coastalyarns are located in a brand new unit on the Bude Canal. The unit has been recently converted as part of the Bude Canal regeneration project. Visit the yarn shop and not only enjoy the beautful selection of yarns but stunning views of the sea walks along the canal and the tranquillity of the path.
Bude Canal has a history spanning some 190 years and made up part of a mini-network of waterways on the Devon/Cornwall border.
Alpacas and Llamas are related. They are members of the camelid family. There are 4 in the species, including 2 wild members: the guanaco and the vicuna.
The camel family first originated and evolved on the central plains of North America. Nowadays they are primarily found in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. In recent years alpacas have been imported from these countries and breeders in the UK. Successful breeding and improvement of their fleeces enables the use of this luxurious fibre for spinning and producing beautifully soft and entirely natural wool.
There are 22 different shades of alpaca fibre ranging in colour from black, fawns, grays to white. The South Americans have been processing alpaca fibre for more than 6000 years.
Alpacas are shorn annually and produce between 2 and 5 kilos of fleece.