If everything we sold was entirely hand-made starting from raw fleece, larger garments would have to be priced so high that they would be beyond the pockets of all but a very few. So I make some of the larger garments with commercially available yarns, albeit luxury low-volume products. And right now, I’m piecing together this ladies’ cardigan using a Noro yarn (Hanabatake – 55% wool, 35% silk, 10% mohair), and is spun with variable thickness and twist, so as to imitate genuine hand-spun yarn. Here’s the item in question, under construction.
Just one thing wrong with that, however : Both J and I would have to really put our minds to it, to produce a yarn as lumpy as this!
Our preference is for more muted colours than these ; but maybe that’s because we see the Uist landscape year-round. We’ve come to love the more complex colours and subtle contrasts of autumn and winter. Our customers, who principally visit Uist in late Spring and Summer, and thereby mostly see the island under clear skies and razor sharp light, see the landscape in glorious Technicolor! Frequently we’re told how the colours we work capture so well the essence of the Uist landscape and seascape.