Alice Starmore Bainin is the classic yarn for Aran knitting.
It is priced per 100g ball and available in a choice of 4 colours; Arkle, Cairn Gorm, Culmor and Suilven,.
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.
CAIRN GORM – the blue mountain – has suffered the works of man more than any other of Scotland’s mountains, but it literally raises its head above it all and remains a powerful national symbol.
From where I live, on a clear day I can see the whole north-west coast of Scotland from Cape Wrath down to the Isle of Skye. This coastline takes the form of a magic mountain range, seen sometimes in silhouette and sometimes in glorious snowy detail when the weather is cold. SUILVEN is directly opposite me across forty miles of sea: a teal-blue spike of Torridonian Sandstone pointing straight into the sky.
CULMOR literally means ‘big back’ and it is a commanding presence in Inverpolly Nature Reserve near Ullapool. Its summit offers spectacular views of Assynt and beyond, but it was its own distant, deep-blue purple that we sought to capture in this shade.