Sea Ivory – 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 Ivory is part of the Sea & Shoreline range, which is inspired by the Hebridean coast. It is shown here in the Strathspey design which is available as a patterncard kit.
The botanical name for this seaweed is ramalina scopulorum, but I prefer its Gaelic name, Fiasag nan Creag, which translates as “beard of the rocks”. It only grows on rocks which are regularly clear of the water, and takes its name from the sheen of its green strands. This silvery green is extremely subtle and well deserves its appellation, ivory of the sea.
Sea Ivory can be used as a dye plant to give an orange-brown, but the weed must be harvested in late spring. Results at other times of the year are variable to non-existent. We have not been concerned with the dye results however. Our aim has been to capture the subtlety of the silver green weed itself, together with its sheen.