Opening Update

Our online shop is open again after a 10 week lockdown period in line with government and expert guidance. We are now using staggered work hours to avoid peak times on public transport and we are keeping to the 2m physical distancing rule. This means that order processing times are slower than usual but it is worth the wait to make sure that we all stay safe.

We send all international orders by a Royal Mail Tracked service. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, postal services are experiencing slower delivery times. Your package may take longer than usual to get to you, but you will be able to track its progress on the journey.

UK orders are sent by Royal Mail First Class. Currently First Class packages within the U.K are taking about 3 days to arrive.

Alice Starmore Scottish Hand Knitwear Yarns and Designs
Hebridean 2 Ply Moorland Colours by Alice Starmore
Mountain Hare Jacket & Hat hand knitwear designs from the book Glamourie by Alice Starmore
Lapwing Collar patterncard knitwear design by Alice Starmore in pure wool Hebridean 2 Ply hand knitting yarn
The Mermaid's Purse hand knitwear design by Alice Starmore

Welcome to Virtual Yarns -- a small independent family business based on the Hebridean Isle of Lewis. Our products are rooted in the rich cultural heritage of the Hebrides, and are sent directly from Scotland to our customers throughout the world.

Here you will find --

• Unique luxury pure wool yarns created by legendary hand-knitting designer Alice Starmore, including her Hebridean range: each shade a complex composition of fleece-dyed colours which reflect a particular aspect of her native Hebridean land and seascape.

• Knitting books that have become famous standard texts, reflecting Alice Starmore’s world-renowned expertise in traditional hand knitting techniques.

• A wealth of hand knitting kits by Alice Starmore and her daughter Jade Starmore, which use traditional knitting techniques to create innovative and original designs for the enjoyment of hand knitters everywhere.

Opening Update

Our online shop is open again after a 10 week lockdown period in line with government and expert guidance. We are now using staggered work hours to avoid peak times on public transport and we are keeping to the 2m physical distancing rule. This means that order processing times are slower than usual but it is worth the wait to make sure that we all stay safe.

We send all international orders by a Royal Mail Tracked service. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, postal services are experiencing slower delivery times. Your package may take longer than usual to get to you, but you will be able to track its progress on the journey.

UK orders are sent by Royal Mail First Class. Currently First Class packages within the U.K are taking about 3 days to arrive.

Welcome to Virtual Yarns -- a small independent family business based on the Hebridean Isle of Lewis. Our products are rooted in the rich cultural heritage of the Hebrides, and are sent directly from Scotland to our customers throughout the world.

Here you will find --

• Unique luxury pure wool yarns created by legendary hand-knitting designer Alice Starmore, including her Hebridean range: each shade a complex composition of fleece-dyed colours which reflect a particular aspect of her native Hebridean land and seascape.

• Knitting books that have become famous standard texts, reflecting Alice Starmore’s world-renowned expertise in traditional hand knitting techniques.

• A wealth of hand knitting kits by Alice Starmore and her daughter Jade Starmore, which use traditional knitting techniques to create innovative and original designs for the enjoyment of hand knitters everywhere.