Our single ply Hebridean yarn is spun from a mix of hill and mountain wools. We blend the wools to create a range of undyed naturally coloured yarns suitable for weaving and knitting. Shade cards are available upon request.T
The majority of our Hebridean wool is sourced from the Windy Hall flock in the Lake District. Once part of the Storrs Hall Estate, where a flock of ‘St. Kilda’ sheep was first established in the 1870s, the Windy Hall sheep have been bred to be as close to the original parkland flock as possible. The main characteristic of this flock is a range of fleece colour, from grey to brown, rather than the dark black fleece more typically seen today. We do however add in some darker fleece from Hebridean flocks in Sedbergh, as well as our Black Welsh Mountain fleece from Scotland, to give us the really deep brown of our New Nevis colour.
This is a good strong yarn eminently suited to warps as well as wefts. It also makes a surprisingly light and beautiful yarn for knitted lace shawls, holding the patterns extremely well.
We currently have a selection of five natural colours in stock:
- Alba – undyed white Shetland
- St. Kilda – pale silver grey
- Morar – soft grey-brown (out of stock – available again late summer 2018)
- Tarbet – brown with a hint of grey
- New Nevis – very dark deep peaty brown
- source: Sedbergh, Tarbet on Loch Nevis, Windermere
- count: 1/12 ysw (equivalent to lace weight for knitting)
- approx. 6000m/kg
- twist: S (except New Nevis which is Z twist)
- put up: on cone when available, otherwise 50g hanks/skeins
- Please ask for a sample if you are unsure of the colour or weight.