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 separately.
In addition to the Hebridean which gives this yarn its name, we also include a variety of black wools such as Texel, Cheviot and Black Welsh Mountain. We add Real Shetland to produce the paler browns and greys and the white is 100% Real Shetland. All wools except the Shetland are sourced from farms in and around Sedbergh.
Our main source of Hebridean used to be 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 were bred to be as close to the original parkland flock as possible. The main characteristic of this flock was the range of fleece colour, from grey to brown, rather than the dark black fleece more typically seen today. Unfortunately this flock has now been sold.
This is a good strong yarn eminently suited to warps as well as wefts. It also makes surprisingly light and beautiful knitted lace shawls, holding the patterns extremely well.
We have a selection of five natural colours:
- Alba – natural white shetland (out of stock)
- St. Kilda – pale silver grey
- Morar – soft grey-brown (v. low stock)
- Tarbet – dark brown (out of stock)
- New Nevis – a very dark peaty brown
Good to know:
- source: Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria
- count: 1/12 ysw (equivalent to lace weight for knitting)
- approx. 6000m/kg
- twist: S except New Nevis which is Z twist
- If you are interested in purchasing more than 2kg in total please contact me directly for a discounted price.