Limpet – Hebridean 3 Ply


Alice Starmore® Hebridean 3 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.

Limpet is part of the Sea & Shoreline range, which is inspired by the Hebridean coast.


The first mesolithic food gatherers stumbled from their dug-out canoes onto Hebridean shores while Britain was still linked by land to continental Europe. The sea level was in the process of rising following the last great ice age. I struggle to imagine these people of ten thousand years ago. Few of them made it to thirty years of age, but did they look like old men and women by that time? I certainly have no idea. Some of their tools have been found: fish hooks made of bone; digging tools made of antler; primitive stone hammers. Their rubbish has remained also, in special dumps or middens. What does it consist of? Limpet shells mainly – thousands of them, along with other crustacea. They must have spent a lot of time eating them, for it takes about seventy limpets to equal the food value of the average helping of meat. It was to be another 2000 years before the first farmers arrived with their animals and seeds. That is a long time for shellfish to be the main item on the menu.

When we went to the mill to discuss this shade, we took along a limpet shell, a mussel shell and a crab’s leg, all from Gress Beach, which I can see from my window as I write this. We were aiming for a rich, lustrous shade with a deep pearly sheen, and that is what I think we have captured in this blend.