Picture a vista in the Peruvian Andes, windswept, barren, and exposed to all the harsh elements in a climate where the summer temperature can drop below freezing at night. This is where alpacas graze on what little patches of vegetation they can find and local shepherds care for their flock, in the high sierra at Mallkini, the largest private alpaca ranch in Peru, and the home base for Mirasol yarns. A highly valued fibre dating back before the Inca Empire, alpaca fleece grows to a long silky lustre and is spun into some of the world’s most treasured knitting yarn.
Students and teachers gather for a group photo outside the Mirasol Boarding School which officially opened in March 2008. Proceeds from the sale of Mirasol yarns assisted in the building, and now the day-to-day management of this facility where children of the Puno region can stay during the week to learn Spanish, reading, writing, and hands-on skills that will help secure the future of their community. By continuing to support the Mirasol Project, we are giving back to the hard-working families who create these luxurious yarns we love to knit with.
Have an early peek at Book #29 with designs by Jane Ellison for the Mirasol Fall/Winter 2012 Collection–
Berrylicious!! A slouchy hat enhanced with zig zag cables in a dynamic shade of raspberry is ripe for Autumn accessorizing. Add the matching cowl with a pretty lace edge and make it a stunning duo, both designed by Jane Ellison. Knit in Api by Mirasol, a silky blend of alpaca and highland wool in a chunky weight. Look for a fresh crop of outstanding tone-on-tone shades to catch your eye.
Savor the changing seasons and liven up the classics with a radiant burst of orange in this button-up cardigan designed by Jane Ellison. Knit in Api, the new darling of the Mirasol family tree, available at your LYS soon in greys, blues, browns, reds, pinks, oranges, and greens.
Wrap yourself in cocoon-like comfort with this stylish pull-on vest designed by Jane Ellison. Knit in Hasa by Mirasol, a brand new chunky quality spun from the finest blending of natural fibres- alpaca, merino, and a slub of silk. Take your pick from twelve brights or neutrals and get a headstart on Fall knitting. Chalk (shown above).
Honeycomb cables highlight the nubby texture of Hasa in this cosy cowl neck pullover designed by Jane Ellison. Choose from one of the fabulous grey tones, charcoal, silver, slate, or storm (shown above). For a clever option, knit this style as a crew neck and make the cowl separately to be worn with or without.