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Oct 20, 2014

Yarn Yammer: Wool of the Andes

Last month when I asked about your favorite yarns, I got a lot of comments about Knit Picks yarns. So I thought this month I would do a review of Knit Picks yarn Wool of the Andes.

I first used Wool of the Andes when I was knitting catalog samples for Knit Picks back in 2005! I really loved it at first try. It is a nice yarn with some beautiful colors. It blocks very well, making stitch patterns come out crisp and well defined.  After making and ‘road testing’ quite a few knitted garments with it, I can say it wears comfortably and well, with no more than your average piling. This yarn is pleasant to work with and I have rarely had issues with it tangling from their center pull ball, and I have rarely run across a knot in the middle as well.


Wool of the Andes comes in a few different varieties; there is sport weight, worsted weight and bulky weight. These are all 100% wool and come in a large variety of colors.

There are also tweed and superwash Wool of the Andes available.  For those who like  undyed wool Knit Picks scratches that itch with Wool of the Andes Bare which comes in worsted and bulky weights. If any of you happen to be a spinner, there also is Wool of the Andes roving.

Let’s look at a few of the specifics:



 Wool of the Andes Worsted Weight


Wool of the Andes worsted weight currently comes in 100 different colors. It is 100% Peruvian wool and Peruvian sheep are a cross between Corriedale (for the sturdiness) and Merino (for the softness). This yarn is sturdy while soft enough for against the skin wear, and it felts beautifully.On a small gauge knitting loom (3/8″ peg spacing) you should get close to the knitting gauge listed below.

Current cost: $2.69 50g / ball.

Fiber Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
Weight: Worsted Weight
Knitting Gauge: 4.5 – 5 sts = 1″ on #6 – 9 needles (4.0mm-5.5mm)
Crochet Gauge: 11–14 sc = 4” on I – K hooks (5.5 mm-6.5 mm)
Yards: 110
Grams: 50
Put Up: ball
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat

Wool of the Andes Bulky


This is the bulked up big brother of the Wool of the Andes yarn family. Again it is made with the same 100% Peruvian Highland wool, and is soft and durable. It currently comes in around 30 colors. This yarn is put up in hanks, so that does mean you will need to wind it into a ball to work with it.

Current price: $4.99 100g / hank

Fiber Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
Weight: Bulky Weight
Knitting Gauge: 3 – 3.75 sts = 1″ on #10 – 11 needles (6.0mm-8.0mm)
Crochet Gauge: 8–11 sc = 4” on K-M hooks (6.5mm – 9mm)
Yards: 137
Grams: 100
Put Up: hank
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat

Wool of the Andes Sport Weight


Wool of the Andes Sport Weight is the thinnest version of this yarn range. Like the others it comes in a good variety of colors which currently is around 50 colors. On a smaller gauge loom like the AIO, you will get a nice result and this yarn will work very well if you want to make a pair of heavier socks on a sock loom, the fabric might be a bit on the firm side but that will keep your toes toasty! The sport weight yarn is also great to use if you plan to do color work, as it will add less bulk to your project!

Fiber Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
Weight: Sport Weight
Knitting Gauge: 6 sts = 1″ on #3-5 needles (3.25mm-3.75mm)
Crochet Gauge: 16–20 sc = 4” on E-7 hooks
Yards: 137
Grams: 50
Put Up: ball
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat


There are superwash versions of the Worsted, Bulky yarns. This offers you an option that is machine washable and dryeable, but otherwise has the same qualities of the regular yarns. The main difference, aside from price, is that the superwash versions are offered in a smaller range of colors.

Worsted: $3.69 50g / ball   Bare: $6.19 100g / Hank (220 yards)

Bulky: $7.39 100g / Hank    Bare: $6.19 100g / Hank

I hope this helps you when choosing yarns for your projects. It can be hard choosing yarns to buy online,  and the more you know the better!

KnitPicks also happens to be having a 10% sale through Oct. 22, 2014 enter code EXTRATEN at check out!

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Sep 4, 2012

New yarn on my loom!

Circulo Renda Trico yarn

I found this yarn over the summer and I couldn’t wait to try it. However, many commitments fell on my lap over the summer (books, books, books!) and finally after many months of waiting, I am able to pick up the loom and this gorgeous yarn and try it out.

Isn’t it beautiful! It is just like lace except you can knit it! It is another awesome yarn that I think will have a similar effect as the ruffle style yarn has had. I am giddy about trying it out on the loom and making a gorgeous scarf like the one pictured on the right. Of course, I have had other more ideas in my head, like a pair of bloomers with this lace yarn on the back to create the “fluffy” part of the bloomers. Or how about a pair of socks with a few layers of lace by the cuff! Oh yes! Lovely, lovely lace!

Here is a sneak peak and how it is going to work. The lace has small eyelets along one of the sides. You will use each eyelet and place it on a peg. Just like when working with regular yarn, you will want to put another loop on the peg. Once you have two loops (eyelets) on the peg, then you will lift the bottom loop over the top.

Be sure to come back and I’ll show you the end product…crossing fingers that it will be as beautiful and as full as the sample picture.

Where to find the yarn? I found it at Webs aka Follow this link and it will take you directly to the yarn.

Price: Retails for $19.95.

How much do you need for a project? A scarf, at least one skein. If you want an extra long scarf or a larger item, I would suggest to get all your yarn at the same time as you want to have the same dyelot.



  • I know ruffles are all the “it” right now but I’m not really comfortable having an entire scarf with it. I’ve made a couple and they are very soft! I DO like the idea of putting them as accents on gloves, socks, sleeves and such. I plan on working that into some of my upcoming projects.

  • What Bind Off method did you use? I think that’s where I would get confused. I love your patterns. Thank you.

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Jan 11, 2007

FINALLY I have finished the rug. Actually it has been finished for a while but I was having trouble taking a good picture of it. I must have taken over 50 photos but I just can’t get the camera to cature the lustrious color and texture. I just absolutely adore this yarn, raliwool. It is great to work with and really shows the benefit of the double knit.


Ok here’s another shot….


This is the rug we showed on QVC. It was really a quick shot as we tried to get a lot of samples in.

It feels  really good to be back home.  On-air presentations  are  very trying and exhausting!! I get so nervous and worked up and I am not even the one that goes on air. That’s Pat. She always does a good job, a true expert with the knitting board. But that place is so crazy and you never know who is going to be watching. It takes me about a week to recover. Now I am back and will be writing in our blog more often.  


  • Your rug looks GREAT!
    You also sold out on QVC how cool!
    Glad your back home safe and I am looking forward to seeing more on your blog.

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  • Our blog is kind of a creation in progress. I am going to try to post more often. I think we will be doing features on certain stitches and also in depth look at some patterns with more pictures to easily explain the process. Let me know if you have any questions or patterns that you would like detailed here on the blog –

  • Hi, yes, QVC aired on Jan 3. It’s an exciting place to be. It’s hard to realize that all the talented folks that get the job done are there 24 hours of every day of every year. It’s fascinating to see: it’s like being on a movie set. Every one is extremely friendly and so helpful that they put one at ease. It was really fun. I think the only hard part of doing something like that, is all the preparation that goes into it and then it’s over in a fast 8 min. Kinda like, ” You’re On, you’re Done”. I love it and hope many of our friends and fellow KB knitters were able to catch some of it. Maybe next time, we’ll earn a daytime spot. But, like I said, it really doesn’t matter once you’re there-it all just continues around the clock.
    I’m working on the Crisscross stitch vs the Box Stitch right now. i want to let everyone who has asked about them, to know what the difference really it- not much, but some. More later. Pat

  • Hi Pat could you tell me were i can buy the yarn to make this rug .I have just brought a Authentic Knitting board and i dont seem to be able to get this yarn .I live in the uk and find getting the yarn difficult ,please help xxx

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Nov 29, 2006

First Rug with Rali Wool

knitrug2.JPGI have been working on my first rug with the Rali Wool and I wanted to show some photos of the progress. There are so many options of design that I could incorporate into the rug.  But, I decided to start rather simple and see how it goes.  Actually part of the fun is designing as you go along. I am using the Rali wool -Spring  for the frame and the Blue Midnight  for the base color. The stripe is knit in Sunset. I am pondering the idea of adding another narrow stripe of color, but there are so many awesome colors it’s hard to decide.  I’m using the 28″ knitting board and the rug will be approximately 32″ wide using 82pins of the board.


Some tips in creating the frame around the base color:

  • Use 2 seperate skeins. Don’t tie in color.
  • When you are ready to change colors just twist yarn around the other color just to attach the yarns together. Otherwise you will be creating 2 stripes that aren’t attached. (photo below)



  • The rug looks beautiful!!! Now that I’ve finally finished my last Christmas gift I can make something that I want to make!!!!

  • This is a beautiful rug. I was wondering do you have a pattern for this
    rug, and how many skeins of yarn would i need to use.

  • I am still working on the rug. We have been so busy with the Christmas rush that knitting has been rather slow. As soon as I finish I will get it photographed and give all the details. But it is looking really cool!!

  • Hi Pat,
    I saw your spot on QVC and you did an awesome job of explaining the advantages of KWON! I loved the rug and I know that I will be trying a rug of my own very soon.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring us, Connie

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Nov 17, 2006

It’s Finally Here!!



Such great names and so much fun just seeing what everyone came up with. We really had a tough time selecting a name.

Thank you so much, everyone  who participated. We may consider some of the names for future use with some other yarns.  

This particular yarn has been tested  using several different fibers for durability, softness and endurance.


We decided on a  wool and mohair combination because of it’s great sturdiness and hand, and the results  of hand-dying are so beautiful. We worked with the tightness of the twist so that it would be soft, yet firm, and  would hold up well as rug yarn.

We thouhgt the name should be something short and catchy.  

So here are the runners up:

“Stonewall” by Dora Renee Wilkerson

“Woolybully” by Michelle Barbour

“Barefoot” by Kristin

“Shannandoah” by Faith

“Woodlands” by Faith  

“Praire” by Kim Cypers

All runners up will recieve 10% off first yarn purchase. Please email for your discount number for ordering.

We actually were inspired by 2 names that helped us come up with our new name. These were “Rugbee” by Evelyn Ayre and “MoWool” by Rita Miller. They will recieve 2 skeins of the new yarn.

Congratulations to all our winners!

So we kind of combined these to form a new word that means: A great rug yarn that is soft, durable, warm and very cozy -



  • It looks so pretty! I can’t wait to get some. Love the name you picked also.

    I’ll be checking your site to see when I can buy it.

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson.

  • Yarn looks beautiful!!!!!

  • On the rug, you say don’t tie the yarn together to change colors. Do you need to leave a tail so you can weave it together later on? Thanks.

  • Sue,

    When you are doing a frame around the rug like the the sample above, you don’t need to cut yarn when you change colors. Instead, you actually work from 2 skeins and just twist the yarn strands to interlock colors together. But if you are doing stripes, this is different and you cut yarn and tie on other color. Note: If your stripes are only 2 rows each, I would not cut yarn. I would just pick up new color then when I am ready to go back to other color it’s all ready to go.

    I hope this makes sense.


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Sep 28, 2006

WOW! I can’t believe all the ideas!


     JUPITER says HI!

juphat.JPGThank you so much!!!!!!! I wasn’t sure if anyone would post. But I was overwelmed with the help. That’s what ‘s so great about the internet, it really is a great medium where we knitters can all come together and  share ideas and grow in knowledge. Cool.


It is a difficult task coming up with a name. There is so much to a name and I want it to be significant with  some underlining meaning. You guys are sure making it hard for me to choose – SUCH GREAT IDEAS!  I will be making a decision in the next week. So if you have any new inspirations,  let me know.

OK Yarn Progress: I have to say a little slow. I have hit some snags. I was planning to have it ready by the 1st of October now it looks more like the middle of the month. It just takes time analyzing all the samples. I want it to be perfect.

I will be out of town this week working on the yarn but I will try to get to my computer every so often to answer emails and questions.

Talk again soon.


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  • I had to ask Pat about the Dane!!! What a Mush he is!!! Ok..Some details please? How old is he? Currently I have a Great Dane who is my Service Dog, and tomorrow we are going to look at another one!!! Yeaaa for Danes!!!!


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