Iolair Yarn silk merino cashmere alpaca at The Woolly Brew

Arriving at the shop just before lockdown, these yarns from Iolair Yarn are sooooo beautiful to look at and touch.

As a geologist/geochemist by training, Solveigh Lass-Evans spent a lot of time out and about in Scotland’s magnificent landscapes. Combing these skills and inspiration she started Iolair (pronounced Ee-oh-lair) Yarns in 2019.

With a colour palette reflecting the coastal and heather colours of Scotland, she dyes her yarn in small batches; taking care to ensure her carefully sourced luxurious yarns keep their lustre. 

Iolair Yarn Gigha 4ply at The Woolly Brew

Gigha is a 50/50 merino and silk blend in a range of semi solid silver, greens, blues and deep magentas. 

This fibre blend has a rich sheen making it ideal for special projects and the understated dye effect allows stitch patterns to shine. The shades also work well as an ombre effect.

iolair yarn ombre effect at the woolly brew

Luing is a stunning blend of alpaca, silk and cashmere. 

The yarn has a soft halo and soft drape, perfect for extra special accessories. 

The 4 shades work together too, for stripes and colourwork.

iolair yarn luing yarn at the woolly brew

Of course I had to cast on a shop sample immediately and I chose a green shade in Gigha (shade 0134). I reworked one of our shop samples - a long crescent shape shawl originally produced in stocking stitch laceweight (Simple Gleem Shawl) and also in DK (Alpaca Scarf)

This version is all garter stitch. A simple knit, it allows the yarn to shine. Read more about this Simple Shawl and our free shop pattern.

4ply shawl in iolair gigha yarn at the woolly brew

Fiona Wright
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