December 20: Yakety Yak

Exotic fiber is definitely the theme for the season. We’ve seen bison, cashmere, vicuña and now yak!
Why yak? It is warmer than wool, yet as soft as cashmere. Durable and lightweight, yak is completely odorless, does not shed and maintains warmth – even when wet! Throw in non-allergenic and non-irritating, and what more could you want?
You really must come in and feel Lhasa! This beautiful blend of cashmere and yak is from the Pure Bliss Collection, a new line of luxury yarns from designer Debbie Bliss. It is everything you imagine it could be and more!
Naturally, Debbie has a great booklet with patterns featuring Lhasa.
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Arietta from Classic Elite Yarns blends fine merino and yak for a squishable luxury yarn in a range of soft colors, with a nice collection of patterns to knit and crochet.
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We have a couple of FREE patterns for you today featuring Arietta, courtesy of Classic Elite Yarns. Click on the photos below to download your free pattern.
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And because I think everyone needs to experience yak, we are giving away a cabled hat kit today featuring Arietta. Simply tell us which color you’d like to win. Click here to see the colors. I’ll randomly select one lucky winner. You have until midnight tonight.
Classic Elite finally has corrected their pattern downloading issue, so if you missed out on any of the free patterns featuring Camelot or Wildwood you should be able to access them now.


  • Heidi Yost

    20.12.2016 at 02:49 Reply

    They all look really nice. I think I’ll be different from my normal choice and choose the blue “Lake” color if I am the lucky one. Thank you for the patterns. The Debbie Bliss book looks wonderful.

    • knorthup

      21.12.2016 at 08:11 Reply

      Congratulations Heidi! You’re the winner. I have your Arietta hat kit aside for you. Please pick up your prize by January 31, or they will be put back in the prize hopper

      • Heidi Yost

        21.12.2016 at 11:52 Reply

        Thank you so much. I’m excited to start a new hat. Finished two so far for Christmas gifts. I love the 24 days of SWAK! Thank you soooo much.

  • Beth

    20.12.2016 at 06:52 Reply

    Love, love, love the “Antique Teal” color. Yak yarn sounds intriguing.

  • Bernadette Ray

    20.12.2016 at 06:57 Reply


  • Stephenia

    20.12.2016 at 07:01 Reply

    Teal! More yarns that look nice and soft.

  • Linda Weston

    20.12.2016 at 07:07 Reply

    Several years ago, I made some fingerless mitts for a friend using Bijou Basin Ranch’s “Bijou Bliss,” a mixture of yak and cormo — which, coincidentally, I named “Yakety Yak Mitts” in my Ravelry projects! Great minds think alike. 🙂
    One of the buildings I work in (I split my time between two) is a poorly insulated modular building, where my hands are always like ice cubes. I would love to make myself a pair of fingerless mitts in the “Lake” color!

  • Judy Smuth

    20.12.2016 at 09:27 Reply

    Antique teal is my choice. Not that I need more projects but…..

  • Mary

    20.12.2016 at 10:33 Reply

    Lake is lovely

  • Edwyna Honderich

    20.12.2016 at 10:34 Reply

    I love lavender and always have cold hands in winter, so fingerless mitts would be awesome!

  • Cheryl

    20.12.2016 at 11:23 Reply


  • Evelyn Norvelle

    20.12.2016 at 12:18 Reply

    I really don’t need any more projects either, but I really love the “lake” color

  • Jennifer

    20.12.2016 at 13:11 Reply

    They are all pretty! I would make a hat in Lake.

  • Jenna

    20.12.2016 at 18:03 Reply

    I would choose Amaranth. So pretty.

  • Betty Schlotthauer

    20.12.2016 at 18:45 Reply

    Antique Teal would be my choice. Each color has it’s own personality!

  • Renee

    20.12.2016 at 20:08 Reply

    I love the blue.

  • Shawndalynn

    20.12.2016 at 23:12 Reply

    Antique Teal! Oh just love all those ideas! But if there is enough for a Jat there is enough for a neck warmer!

  • Melissa

    20.12.2016 at 23:38 Reply

    Lake is lovely!

  • Noreen

    21.12.2016 at 00:10 Reply

    I love the lavender, just the most lovely color.

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