Sea Anemone – 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.

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


A ritual of my Hebridean childhood when on the rocky shore was to find a comfortable spot to lie on my tummy and gaze into innumerable pool-gardens of fabulously strange life, colour and texture.

The showy underwater beauty of red beadlet sea anemones (actinia equina) were always a highlight: exposed on rocks above the water they appeared as dark red-brown jellylike blobs, half plant, half animal, but in the tidal pools they opened up to reveal an astonishingly glamorous yet subtle blend of rich red shades. They made compelling viewing and I always wondered if it was their warm, inviting colour that seduced their prey, or if entrapment was purely a matter of chancing to be within reach of their paralyzing stings.

They certainly produce a compulsion to stick a finger in the pool and give a gentle prod, just to watch them instantly close up and then quickly open up again to reveal their gorgeously-coloured tentacles. I have long wanted to create a shade in wool yarn that would capture the intense beauty of an open red sea anemone.

The premium-quality wool fleece I use to make my yarn is full of life: the careful dyeing and exact blending of the fleece to create the desired shade is a highly-skilled process that takes time and effort. I think this is a fitting way to produce Sea Anemone – a colour worthy of an organism that has survived for 600 million years.