There are four yarns that I use:
100% Baby Alpaca
This is incredibly soft. It’s easily the most luxurious yarn I use in terms of feel, which is somewhat akin to a kitten’s tummy. It knits up quite floppily, so is particularly suitable for longer, baggier hats.
The price of a hat made from this is £35 for a grown up and £29 for a child.
50% Wool / 50% Alpaca
Or, more specifically, Peruvian highland wool and superfine alpaca. This is a very robust yarn and knits up really chunkily. It makes really generous, chunky hats.
The price of a hat in this yarn is £29 for a child and £35 for a grown up.
100% Merino Wool
This yarn is particularly brilliant because of the colours it comes in. It is also kettle-dyed in small batches which means one skein in a certain colour scheme can differ quite a lot from another in the same scheme. Merino wool is famously very soft, with a natural whicking affect, keeping you both warm and dry. The way this yarn is spun means that it is also surprisingly tough and tight. By far my favourite yarn.
A hat in this yarn costs £35 for a grown up and £29 for a child.
*New colours have been released for Autumn 2011* Have a look
100% Plain Wool
…is just that – wool. From a sheep. It’s simple and comes in very tasteful, muted colours. It’s the roughest of the yarns I use, but still not itchy.
The price of a hat made from this yarn is £19 for a child and £25 for a grown up.