A few months ago I got a note from a new yarn company hoping that we would be interested in carrying their yarn. The owner and I chatted for quite awhile right after our move, and I couldn’t believe how many ways she and I overlapped. Her business is based in Pittsburgh, PA (my hometown) but the yarn is all made in Cuzco, Peru. Some of you may know that I spent a summer living and working in the Andean valley, traveling between Cuzco, Pisaq, Ollantatambo and Urubamba. I desperately want to go back and show my husband and kiddo this part of the world that I fell deeply in love with. I am just so excited to have this amazing yarn, with its amazing commitment to both the environment and a living wage for those who make it.
Pichinku takes it’s name from the native Quechua word for “little bird.” Pichinku is one of the first Peru-based producers of 100% naturally dyed alpaca and wool knitting yarns, lovingly made in small batches by the hands of skilled women artisans. The founder of Pinchinku, Dana, reflects her deep passion for the preservation of traditional arts and crafts. This yarn’s beautiful color comes from native plants sourced from the region. Each season, we will see a new amazing color selection!
Pichinku yarn is sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially conscious. No chemicals, no nonsense, just beautiful yarn!
Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Peruvian Andes and stop in to see this new amazing yarn.
Dyed with local plants, we are welcoming two new bases to our shelves:
- Huk (hoh-k) is 219 yards of squishy soft Peruvian Alpaca. It is a light 3-ply worsted weight and $26 per skein.
- Kinsa (keen-sah) is 300 yards of 3-ply DK weight Merino and is $32 each.