Arkle – Bainin


Alice Starmore Bainin is the classic yarn for Aran knitting.

It is priced per 100g ball.

Standard Knitting Tension
19-20.5 sts x 24-26 rows to 10cm on 3.75mm – 5mm needles.


It is said in Lewis that when the mountains of the mainland are visible across the Minch, it is a sure sign of rain. When the mountains are not visible – then it’s raining. This wry piece of pessimism ignores the fact that when the mainland mountains are visible, they entice like a distant Fairyland. Towards the northern end of the magical mountain range is ARKLE, which aptly rhymes with sparkle. It is composed largely of a massive, angled bed of quartzite and displays a silver sheen when you get close to it. Its neighbour is FOINAVEN which looks more ruby-red from a distance.