Over a decade of excellence

Side view of a Cormo sheep with thick, hearty wool

Excellent quality in fiber is of utmost importance to us. We have been breeding alpacas for over a decade and knitting for a lifetime. The knitting yarn we produce shows a commitment to breeding for the best fiber production and the knowledge of what discerning hand knitters are looking for when they select yarn for their treasured projects.

Our dedication to fiber excellence starts with my alpaca breeding program. 

When I began, I purchased the highest quality foundation females available and then sent them all over the country to the top-quality studs who had won the most awards nationally for their outstanding fiber and have produced offspring who have also won awards for their fiber.

A collection of ribbons and awards for outstanding livestock quality

When I say “top-quality” this is not a casual sound-bite I throw around lightly. These studs represent the highest-selling bloodlines in the nation. Some have sold for over $200,000! So the parents of our alpaca fleeces have award-winning genetics.

Each year I test and record the fiber my animals produce. I continue to strengthen my herd by promoting the best of the babies I have bred into my foundation stock while looking for and breeding to proven winners to enhance next year’s offspring. My goal is to ensure that each year’s crop of babies is better than the previous year!

Ribbon attached to skeins of irresistibly soft yarn

I still enter competitions today with my alpacas, my alpaca fiber and the yarn that I produce. Winning the awards is another measure of how I am meeting my objective of producing top quality yarn for the hand knitter.

– Signe Ostby, owner

Our commitment

We take our fibers seriously at Valhalla Yarns because we take our knitting seriously! With over 40 years of experience in the field, you can trust Valhalla Yarns to provide you with superior alpaca and cormo-based fibers and yarns that you won't find anywhere else grown organically and sustainably in the USA.

We hand-select the USA-grown fleeces, merino, silks and other fibers we blend with our alpaca and cormo so that you have a truly remarkable yarn to work with. Try us and see why we win awards for our fleeces and yarns and why our yarns are heavenly soft!

Closeup of a grinning alpaca