SOARSE - The Making of a New Yarn
Soarse is the Gaelic word for Freedom.
Over the past year, Di has been free to follow a special journey to create a new yarn.
The story begins many years ago on the Tibetan plateau in the High Himalayas, travels via Claddach Farm in Fife and Uist Wool, on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides and ends at her new studio/gallery/retreat in the Kingdom of Fife.
Di always wanted to make a truly special yarn using the best fleeces from sheep reared in Scotland and blended with the finest cashmere from Mongolia. I am thrilled to be launching this gloriously light, warm and soft yarn in collaboration with Uist Wool and Kay and Alan Carr of Claddach Farm, Peat Inn, Fife. We have used only the finest organic, wool produced entirely on Claddach Farm.
We have used Texel, Blue Face Leicester, Cheviot and Shetland Lambswool in our unique blend. Kay’s Shetland sheep ”descend directly from several family generations of sheep farming in Lerwick and Unst on the UK's northern most sheep farm”: now happily settled in Fife.
Kay and Alan are now also breeding extremely rare Shetland cows and have raised a remarkable ginger bull!
As a young woman Di spent some time in Ladakh on the Tibetan border, teaching knitting and falling in love with Cashmere. There is a long story dating back to the 18th century as to how this precious fibre came to Scotland via India and Persia to be spun using ingenious machinery created in Scottish mills. So it feels so right to have this fibre being spun once again in Scotland and re-creating that special link between the Himalayas and the Hebrides!
During the development of this yarn Di spent an unforgettable week with Maddie and Neil at Uist Wool, where they worked their magic to spin the yarn on machinery that has been lovingly preserved and restored and runs as smoothly now as it did one hundred years or more, ago. The history of Scottish yarn is woven into this fabulous fibre!
With the release of this special yarn, we will be offering Knitting Retreats and Workshops at our new studio in an old steading close to Kellie Castle in Fife, just ten minutes from our home studio where we will be working with our existing Lalland range and this new addition. As part of the retreats and workshops we will be visiting Claddach Farm, to meet the flocks and watch Maddie, the sheepdog at work. We look forward to welcoming lots of knitters to these events in this exciting year.