Bainin Yarn


Alice Starmore Bainin is the classic yarn for Aran knitting.

It is priced per 100g ball and available in a choice of  3 colours; 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.

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.



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