Ally Bee British alpaca yarns in the Alpaca & Wool Collection are bespoke spun from the fleece of small alpaca flocks kept on smallholdings in England, in natural undyed colours, spun in a small one-man-band mill in Dorset. Alpaca are known as a low-impact grazer and eat less than sheep. They are also ruminants, and soft hooved, which means they do not pull up the grass from the roots. For their wellbeing they require shearing each Spring, and shearing specialists are employed to undertake this task with minimal stress to the animal. Alpacas are a domesticated animal, and part of their domestication over millennia means they have to be shorn each season, otherwise they will suffer adversely from an aged and degraded fleece. Small alpaca yarn batches are produced seasonally for the Ally Bee collection, and reflect the subtle seasonal variations in yarns from one year to the next. Ally Bee alpaca yarns are dye-free. The processing of alpaca differs from wool, and requires less detergents in the washing of the fleece due to the lack of lanolin.
CRADLE-TO-CRADLE ® CERTIFIED CASHMERE & MERINO
These yarns are awarded C2C certification from the Cradle to Cradle Institute, an organisation that has undertaken rigorous auditing across the entire value chain of the yarn journey - from herd and farm traceability, astute land managment practices, fair payment of farmers for their fleece and spinning and dyeing using 100% renewable power and clean water dyes. The Cradle to Cradle Institute demands high standards in all of its certifications to protect the earth, ensure social fairness & advance animal welfare. The C2C Institute is highly regarded in the fashion & textiles industry, and across broad industry sectors, for high standards in environmental assessment and the incorporation of circular economy principles.
The certified cashmere comes from Zalaa Jinst white goats in specific herds in the Gobi Desert where herders are paid more than the norm, over 250000 goats receive vet treatment and are grazed on lands maintained with sustainable grazing methods.
The superfine merino wool is sourced from a mulesing-free farm in south-eastern Australia recognised in the industry as a sustainable farm.
The yarns are processed at a long-established mill in Italy using hydroelectric & solar power and the cleanest dyeing processes in the industry. The result is a wholly natural, sustainable, ethical luxury yarn, that at the end of life will return to the cradle of earth without leaving a trace.
BRITISH BLUEFACED LEICESTER WOOL
The pure wool from the fleece of the Bluefaced Leicester sheep is far softer than generic British wool. The yarn in the Ally Bee collection is sourced from British farmers by the British Wool Marketing Board and spun in a mill in Yorkshire. Bluefaced Leicester, as with all wool derived from British reared sheep, is not mulesed.
BRITISH FALKLANDS MERINO
A small quantity of Ally Bee alpaca has been blended in a small quantity of alpaca yarn - this is a wool from non-mulesed sheep, as is all wool derived from cold-climate sheep where the blight of 'fly-strike' is not present.
ORGANIC SUPERFINE MERINO
The Ally Bee luxury handknit collection is crafted from a yarn spun from the fleece of non-mulesed sheep flocks fully traceable to the Gostwyck Australian farm with high standards of animal welfare and land management.