If Peru is the place for alpaca yarn lovers, then Chile is the place for wool yarn lovers.
Much of the land in Patagonia, Chiloé, and Los Lagos district has been turned into pasture land for grazing. The sheep are predominantly Merinos, but there are also Corriedales, as well as mixes that have been interbred to produce softer fleeces.
We had the opportunity to visit a ranch in Patagonia called Estancia del Zorro, where they raise Corriedales over acres and acres of beautiful land. They were just getting ready to shear the sheep for the summer and they took us for a quick tour of their barn.
I was lucky enough to pick up some yarn in nearly every place we stopped during our time in Chile. In Valparaiso, I got some lovely deep purple wool yarn in a worsted weight (that brightly variegated yarn is an alpaca/cotton mix). Then in Chiloé, I got some lovely brown and cream colored wool yarn in a worsted weight with a contrasting lace weight yarn wrapped around it. Finally, in Los Lagos region, I got some of the ubiquitous variegated wool yarn that they sell in all sorts of crazy colors.
While I plan to give most of the yarn away as gifts, I am going to keep the Chiloé yarn and I plan to make myself a cozy shawl or wrap. I’m thinking of making myself a Romney Kerchief by Jared Flood at Brooklyn Tweed.
And, to leave this post on a super happy note, please enjoy this gratuitously cute video of a teeny tiny black sheep. 🙂