Posted on Monday, September 24 2012 at 8am
Few things make us happier than a bucket of yarn, especially when they’re as gorgeous as this new collection from Sheepfold! Evocatively named ‘Hebridean Isles’, this is the latest in Sheepfold’s range of pure British wools, available in three shades of Limited Edition aran weight, plied wool.
The three shades are named Jura, Colonsay and Eilean an Fhraoich, with the wool coming predominately from the hardy Cheviot and Scottish Blackface sheep breeds.
“The blue tones in Colonsay were influenced by the fabulous blue sea and sky at Kiloran Bay; the orange tones of Jura were inspired by the red deer inhabiting the island; and the purple tones of Eilean an Fhraoich reminiscent of the heather-covered heathland on the islands of Harris and Lewis,” explains Alice Underwood of Sheepfold. “With well over 100 islands in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, there are many potential names for Sheepfold’s Hebridean Isles wool, so the range of shades can extend considerably!”
So that’s good news!
We love the way the Jura yarn has been used to such mellow effect with this lovely jumper – as well as the red deer, it makes us think of the whisky famously distilled on the island, and of cosy nights in by the fire, sipping whisky while knitting (and trying not to drop stitches!).
This is definitely yarn to daydream over, imagining stormy days on tiny wind-buffeted isles, with sheep bleating among the bluffs. Each yarn contains several single colours to great effect. The wool is 100% British, coming predominantly from Cheviot and Scottish Blackface sheep breeds.
‘Hebridean Isles’ 100% British wool yarns are available on Sheepfold’s website, at £9.75 per 100g skein.