Capercaillie – 50g Hebridean 2 Ply


Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 Ply Yarn is made from premium quality pure new British wool, dyed in the fleece and skillfully blended into unique shades. It is hand-washed and dried in the Hebridean air, and supplied in hand-made skeins which may vary in weight. It is priced per 50g at standard conditions. All yarn is weighed to order on balances that are checked daily to ensure that you receive the correct total amount.

Capercaille is part of the Birds range, which is inspired by birds of the Outer Hebrides.


The female Capercaille is designed to blend perfectly with her favoured habitat of the forest floor. The male on the other hand cuts a striking figure that is hard to ignore. When excited the male swells out his body, fans his peacock-like tail and makes clopping, popping and wheezing noises. As if that were not enough, they stop for brief intervals in order to leap three feet into the air. When irate, the male Capercaillie is best avoided, for they will attack any intruder regardless of size, including – much to their own detriment – moving vehicles. The Hebridean Capercaille lives in the few wooded areas of the islands and is hunted quite regularly. This habit had serious repercussions for the Capercaille in the past when the Scottish bird became extinct in the eighteenth century. The birds now resident are the descendants of the Swedish Capercaille which were introduced in 1837, and care is taken to make sure their numbers do not fall again. The arresting plumage of the male seems to employ a whole rainbow of colour to great effect. For this shade we have used the soft dusky carmine of the wing tips as a base. We then threaded it through with hints of gold, blue, orange and green to make a colour not only reminiscent of the Capercaille but also of its wooded Highland habitat.