Our yarns

All Black Isle Yarns are custom spun with fleeces I hand select from local farms and small holdings.  If you’d like to know more, this blog post explains my process from ‘field to skein’ and details all the love and care that goes into each skein.  For information on each of the farms follow this link.  And have a look here for more information about my natural dye process.

From summer 2019 I’ll be growing Black Isle Yarns with the intention of building a core group of several beautiful yarns, spun in larger quantities, which will be available year-round and supported by a suite of designs.  I plan to develop one new yarn (with fleeces handpicked from local flocks as usual) each year and the first should be available from early spring 2020.

I’ll continue to produce most of the well-loved smaller scale yarns I have developed to date, and will no doubt add in other one-off specials as and when I come across beautiful wool I can’t resist!

The list below details the yarns available currently.  If you’d like to know when the online shop will be updated please do join my newsletter………and if you have any questions please just ask (I can often put together a custom dye/order)!

YarnWeightSpin/pliesBreedFlockMill
Auchen Sport375m/100gWoollen/2 Bluefaced Leicester Hogg/Shetland/Cheviot Hogg (40:30:30%) The Arr/Inverhouse, St Finbarr’s Meadows, Craiglands/Muirton, Coulmore, Culgowrie New Lanark
Coulmore DK220m/100gWorsted/3North Country Cheviot Hogg (first clip)CoulmoreThe Natural Fibre Co.
Gotland(ish) DK200m/100gSemi-worsted/3Gotland (with a hint of Shetland and Charollais)Fearniewell CroftThe Border Mill
Gotland Alpaca DK200m/100gSemi-worsted/3Gotland (with a hint of Shetland and Charollais) & Alpaca 50:50%Fearniewell Croft & British AlpacaThe Border Mill
Shetland DK (2017)170m/100gSemi-worsted/2ShetlandHelendale Shetlands, Meadows Flock, Woodside Croft & BogallanThe Border Mill
Shetland DK (2019)220m/100gWorsted/3ShetlandInverhouse, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & CraiglandsThe Natural Fibre Co.
Cross-breed Blend Light DK245m/100gSemi-worsted/3Bluefaced Leicester and Cheviot, Lincoln and Cheviot, Lincoln and HampshireCulgowrie FlockThe Border Mill
Shetland Sport (2017)275m/100gSemi-worsted/2ShetlandHelendale Shetlands, Meadows Flock, Woodside Croft & BogallanThe Border Mill
Shetland Sport/Heavy 4ply (2019)350m/100gWorsted/2Shetland Inverhouse, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands The Natural Fibre Co.
Coulmore 4ply350m/100gWorsted/2North Country Cheviot Hogg (first clip)CoulmoreThe Natural Fibre Co.
Monkeyface & Co 4ply370m/100gSemi-worsted/2 Monkeyface (possibly Gotland x Shetland) plus Monkeyface’ daughters Stinker and Stinker Sister (Monkeyface x Wensleydale) Culgowrie Flock The Border Mill
Killen Sock270m/100gSemi-worsted/2Bluefaced Leicester & Mohair 80:20%Craiglands & Wester Raddery, & SA MohairThe Border Mill
Bluefaced Leicester Suri 4ply315m/100gSemi-worsted/2Bluefaced Leicester & Suri Alpaca 70:30%Craiglands & Wester Raddery, & British Suri AlpacaThe Border Mill
Bluefaced Leicester 4ply320 & 375m/100gSemi-worsted/2Bluefaced LeicesterCraiglands & Wester RadderyThe Border Mill
Longwool Blend 4ply305m/100gSemi-worsted/2Wensleydale and Cotswold 75:25%Culgowrie FlockThe Border Mill