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Shivelight Cowl Kit


Shivelight is a snuggly colour-work cowl knit with four shades of my Gotland DK (Cream, Silver, Grey and Charcoal).  This stunning design is by my friend Claire and it has been designed to be a good stepping-stone into the world of colour-work, as well as being an enjoyable knit for the more experienced.

Sold in Kit approx 120g Skeins

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I’m really delighted to introduce you to ‘Shivelight’ a beautiful cowl designed by my talented and very kind friend Claire (Claieinstitches) .   I was completely bowled over when Claire sent me the finished knit – I couldn’t imagine a more perfect cowl.

The yarn used in the cowl is Gotland from Fearniewell Croft.  Their Gotlands have a ‘hint of Shetland’ due to a determined tup a few generations ago.  Thanks to this adventurous tup the normal range of Gotland greys is increased to include paler greys and a creamy white. The wool is typically soft and warm with a slight sheen and the addition of the Shetland genes, although perhaps reducing the lustre slightly, can be felt in the lovely soft handle of this beautiful wool. The 2017 clip from this special flock has been split into four colours – Charcoal, Grey, Silver, Cream.

Claire was inspired by the woods on the Black Isle and the design perfectly captures ‘lances of sunlight piercing the woodland canopy and the shadows cast on the woodland floor’. She has prepared lovely pattern cards, joined by a stitch marker, which include an extract from a beautiful poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

‘……Down roughcast, down dazzling whitewash,

wherever an elm arches, Shivelights& shadowtackle

in long lashes lace, lance & pair……’
 Kits include 4 x approx 30g skeins, one of each shade plus printed pattern.
Clipping year: 2017 | Weight: DK | Rec. Needles: 4mm

Cream, Silver, Grey & Charcoal

Gotland (with a hint of Shetland)

Fearniewell Croft

Metres per 100g:

  1. Black Isle Yarns are gently and minimally processed by The Border Mill from real animals who enjoy an outdoor life (in beautiful surroundings, lucky beasts!) – consequently you may find the odd bit of vegetation in your yarn, these are easy to remove as you knit and, if you’re lucky enough to find some, I hope will remind you of the special animals who have grown your yarn!
  2. I do my best to show the yarn colours as accurately as possible but please be aware that colours do vary from monitor to monitor.
  3. Your yarn should be gently hand washed in cool water using pH neutral wool wash such as Eucalan or Soak. This may seem time consuming at first but should soon become an enjoyable part of working with a gently treated natural product.