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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Yarns Part 2. Bijou Basin Ranch

I have a privilege to work with this exquisite natural yarn and I have to say that it surprises me every time I make a swatch. The feel and the look of the fabric is sophisticated and elegant and any stitch pattern that I use is showing up on this yarn at its best. On top of this Carl and Eileen Koop are the nicest people you ever meet. Here is their story.

Established in 2005, Bijou Basin Ranch is a small family owned and run yak ranch located just outside the small town of Elbert on the open plains of the Colorado outback about 65 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado. Bijou Basin's primary goal is to produce and sell premium yak fiber products such as rovings, yarn, and yarn blends. To do this we raise registered full blooded yaks that have superior glossy coats which are harvested annually. We also supplement the fiber we harvest from our yaks by buying quality yak fiber from other yak ranchers across the country and abroad. Our yak fiber is then processed into yarn at various mills across the country or abroad and sold under the Bijou Spun label.

While some of our yarns are made of 100% yak down, others are blended with various other fibers such as Cormo Woo, Superfine Merino Wool, and even Bamboo!

Our yarns come in various weights and lengths which depend on the particular fiber or fiber blend utilized. All yarns and fibers are available in the natural brown and cream that is harvested from the yak and our three most popular yarns (100% yak fingering weight, 50/50 yak cormo blend, and 75/25 yak/bamboo blend) are also available in 13 new brilliant colors!

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