The rugged Shetland sheep has provided the islands with hard-wearing warmth for hundreds of years. Heavier than lambswool, but with more warmth, the Islanders found the many natural colour variations of these lovely sheep enabled complex patterning within knits, resulting in the long established and highly skilled tradition of Fairisle knitting. Today our most popular garments are comprised of this classic and universally beloved wool. Our Shetland is sourced from a trusty local Mill who has been spinning for the last 200 years. You can view our Shetland yarn here.
Voe True Shetland
The original Shetland breed is hardy, often navigating dangerous Voe cliffs to reach the sea shore and eat seaweed in the ebb tide. The distinctive wool they produce is world renowned and was worn by Sir Edmund Hillary when conquering Everest in 1953. Our 'Everest Shetland' is one of our most popular garments, especially with those who enjoy the outdoors and know the many benefits of real wool . Exclusive and highly prized, our Voe True Shetland is pure, undyed virgin wool in the various natural colourways of the Island's Sheep, hand graded and sorted by Island experts to give you the finest quality and most authentic Shetland experience available. You can view our five Voe colour types here.
Our 'Ecology' yarns are raw and rugged, and every colour has it's own, exclusively unique properties, 'handle' and look. This is because each shade is named after the breed of British sheep that it came from, e.g. Welsh Black, Hebridean, Wensleydale and many more. In addition we offer various twists combining two complimentary shades of these yarns, which produce a beautiful dappled knit. Like our Voe, they are un-dyed and as natural as their sheep grew them, providing multi-faceted colour and rich deep hues. Ecology is a rougher textured yarn, for those who prefer their wool as authentically rustic and sturdy as it can come. View the Ecology range here.
The Cashmere Goat is the source of the wool that becomes the highly pized Cashmere fibre for clothing and other textiles. Cashmere is characterised as almost indulgently soft, with high napability and loft, or ‘fluffyness’. It provides natural and luxurious light-weight insulation, without bulk, and is extremely warm, protecting goats from freezing mountain temperatures. Fibres are highly adaptable and easily constructed into fine or thick yarns, within a wide range of light to heavy-weight fabrics. Appropriate for all climates, a high moisture content allows insulation properties to change relative to the humidity in the air. This makes cashmere the perfect knitwear for year-round wear. You can view our cashmere content yarns here.
Mohair is a yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. Both durable and resilient, it is notable for its high lustre and sheen, which has given it the nickname the "Diamond Fiber". Mohair takes dye exceptionally well and is warm in winter due to it's excellent insulating properties, while remaining cool in summer as a result of its moisture wicking properties. It is durable, naturally elastic, flame resistant, crease resistant, and does not felt. It is considered to be a luxury fiber, like Cashmere, Angora, Geelong and Silk. You can view our beautiful and vibrant Mohair colours, here.
Mohair is obtained through shearing and should not be confused with 'Angora' which is the fur from the Angora rabbit.
The Merino Sheep is prized for the quality of its wool. Superfine Merinos are regarded as having the finest and softest wool of any sheep. The beauty of the fibre itself is evident in intense, cold-weather or high-performance applications, where Merino distinguishes itself from cotton and polyester fabrics by offering superior breathability, temperature regulation, moisture control, and inherent anti-microbial properties. Unlike "traditional" wool, Merino is much finer, softer, and, best of all, itch-free for those with severe sensitivities or lanolin allergies. We offer Merino in the forms of Soft Donegal (which is a beautiful traditional 'nep') and Cashmere/Merino, which is almost unbelievably soft and luxurious.
Alpaca fibre is warmer than Sheep's wool and lighter in weight. It is soft and luxurious and lacks the "prickle" factor. Alpaca Camelids have been bred in South America for thousands of years but in recent times have been exported to other lands. In countries such as the USA, Australia and New Zealand breeders shear their animals annually, weigh the fleece and test them for fineness. With the resulting knowledge they are able to breed heavier-fleeced animals with finer fibre as the years go by.
Superfine 'Geelong' Lambswool
Known for many years in the trade as 'Geelong', Superfine Lambswool is the finest lambswool, even in length and soft and springy to handle. It is inevitably these luxurious qualities which make Superfine Lambswool so desirable. The Sheep which grow this fibre have been carefully bred over the years to ensure that their young yield the finest micron lambswool in the world. The term 'Geelong' referred to an Australian area where this yarn was traditionally produced from the first shearing of the sheep. Nowadays, the geographical location is not finite, but the beautiful softness and handle of this lovely wool remains. Although each farm can produce tonnes of raw wool each year, only a very few bales will be superfine, making it an exclusive commodity ranking alongside cashmere as the most luxurious of natural fibres. See our vibrant Geelong colour range here.