Iolair Yarn - a new hand dyed yarn
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.
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.
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.
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.