Mountain Hare – 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.

Mountain Hare is part of the Moor & Mountain range, which is inspired by the landscape of the Outer Hebrides.


To see the elusive Mountain Hare you have to traverse the wilder parts of the Hebridean moors and mountains. This animal – also known as the Varying Hare – changes its coat from summer to winter to match and blend into its surroundings. On the mountain tops in winter it is pure white, but as the weather warms it gradually changes its colour.

Highland legends are redolent with beautiful maidens who turn into Mountain Hares, particularly when pursued by handsome hunters, but I think we can put these tales down to wishful thinking on cold, lonely nights. The reality was good enough for me. My hare lolloped across a rocky outcrop, or I wouldn’t have seen it at all, and then melded seamlessly into a patch of grass and heather. I think it should be called the Heather Hare, for like the plant, it seemed to be composed of hundreds of colours which shift according to light and wetness.

We have taken the colours of the Mountain Hare as a base, and added a whole host of warm tones, from pale through to dark, which match the point between winter and spring on the Hebridean moorland.