The Birlinn Yarn Company 4ply

A very special 4ply yarn from some of Scotland's most remote sheep.

We're currently waiting for stock of this option, but it's available to pre-order

50g and 170 metres per skein.

1.76oz and 186 yards per skein.

7 sts = 1" on US 4, 3.5mm needles.

Hebridean & Cheviot wool blend

Owner, Meg Rodger, is a crofter on the isle Berneray in the Outer Hebrides and uses fibre from her own and her neighbours' sea-weed eating Hebridean sheep. As you would expect, the wool from these hardy animals has a sturdy hand. It’s not next to the skin soft, but it’s surprisingly squishy. Ideal for warm garments that take a bit of weather and are perfect for a brisk Sunday beach walk or a hike in the mountains.

Storm Grey blends dark brown Hebridean fleece with lighter fibre from Meg's neighbour's Cheviot hogget fleece.

Speckled Hen is a marled blend of one ply of each of the Peaty Brown and Storm Grey colours.

The range of six dyed colours are dyed on the storm grey base, using organic dyes, in colours inspired by the local landscape. The resulting colours are beautifully subtle and broken.

Every summer the sheep are taken by boat to summer grazing on islands in the Sound of Harris. Around July, the sheep are sheared on the islands with the wool sorted and graded back ashore on the croft. In the autumn, the ewes are brought back for tupping, after which they spend most of the winter on the machair common grazing.