Auchen has been woollen spun giving an airy, lofty, lightweight and adaptable yarn. It is two plied (i.e. two singles plied together) and is Sport Weight at approximately 375m/100g. The individual skeins are generous with 410m each and approximately 110g per skein. Haar, the undyed shade, is a soft, light grey.
The lovely Asahi Shawl, by Kouvive, is designed in two skeins of Auchen in the colour Crossing Borders. The shawl is beautifully big, very wearable and a relaxing knit. The main triangular lace section is a simple rhythmic shell pattern which then moves onto a straight eyelet band before the pretty picot bind off. It is designed to be folded at the border of the triangle and straight sections so that it stays put on your shoulders when wearing it. The shawl finishes at 126 cm wide by 100cm deep (50.5″ by 40″) and Asahi is available on this Ravelry page .
Auchen is also the yarn used throughout the Perspectives collection designs.
As with all Black Isle Yarns the wool is sourced locally and all the fleece has been hand picked and the skirted by myself. This blog post tells you more about the farms (complete with a map showing their locations), plus where and how the yarn was scoured and spun – Auchen – a wool journey
Auchen has been thoroughly road tested by a wonderful group of reviewers. Their reviews can be found via this blog post and I hope will give a good feel for what this special yarn is like and what it is best suited to – Auchen – the yarn details
In summary, Auchen will give lightweight, slightly drapey, and airy finished items. The handle feels slightly crisp and woolly but it is proving very comfortable for next-to-the-skin wear. Soft and sheepy but gentle and wearable.