The Hiort shade of Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 Ply Yarn was a special edition which I created to celebrate the stonework of the Outer Hebrides. It was made from premium quality pure new British wool, dyed in the fleece and skillfully blended into a subtle melange of soft hues which echo the perfect harmony of the stone structures in the landscape. The special edition Hiort yarn was made in one dyelot and is now sold out.
For centuries the people of the Outer Hebridean Islands constructed their dwellings, byres, walls and enclosures from local stone. The dwellings, known as blackhouses, have long since served their original purpose but their remains can still be seen throughout the islands, sometimes having been re-purposed into walls and byres, and sometimes left just as they were and often used by livestock for shelter. Despite a harsh climate these structures have stood the test of time, taking on a myriad of soft and subtle hues as they have slowly been covered by lichens and mosses.
These old blackhouses are a monument to the generations of islanders who built and maintained walls that would go on to outlast them by centuries. Nowhere is this legacy of stone more apparent than on Hiort where, over thousands of years, the inhabitants rearranged the whole landscape into an astonishing work of art. The sheer scale of it is so overwhelming that I decided to focus on the stones themselves, and create a yarn composed of the soft fawns, greens and greys of the lichen-covered rocks.