Classic Elite Yarns has introduced a new undyed, natural-colors-only yarn collection called Mountaintop. The collection features three yarns to start, each of which is spun in Peru of fibers that have not been dyed or rendered machine-washable.
First is Crestone, a hearty and hard-working wool that knits up at 4 3/4 stitches per inch on US 6-7 (4-4.5mm) needles. Crestone is made of three tightly twisted strands that are plied together at a near perpendicular angle, resulting in a quite springy, round yarn. It will ship in 50g skeins of approximately 100 yards each.
Next is Vista, a slightly softer blend of 50% superfine alpaca and 50% wool. This yarn has a hint less twist to it than Crestone, resulting in a more relaxed but still fairly rounded three-ply yarn. Vista knits up at the same gauge as Crestone, making it a suitable substitute or companion to Crestone projects. The yarn will ship in similarly sized skeins to Crestone.
Finally, the softest and most luxurious of the three is called Vail. For a yarn line claiming eco-friendliness, Vail contains a rather unusual but cost-effective blend of 70% baby alpaca and 30% bamboo viscose. Nearly identical to rayon, bamboo viscose is a manufactured fiber made from the regenerated cellulose of bamboo plants. It gives a fineness, luster, and drape to the final product while costing significantly less than silk. Vail knits up at 6 3/4 stitches per inch on size US 3 (3.25mm) needles, and will ship in 50g skeins holding a generous 236 yards.