Our handmade shade cards feature a generous sample of every type and shade of yarn in our exclusive ALICE STARMORE yarn ranges. They are presented in a set of 3 cards for ease of comparison when choosing colours for your projects.
Included in each set are two cards which feature 34 shades of ALICE STARMORE HEBRIDEAN 2 PLY. These are presented in the groups – SEA & SHORELINE, BIRDS, MOOR & MOUNTAIN and SUMMER ISLE – the visual aspects of the Hebrides upon which Alice based her unique colour palette.
The third card completes the set and is composed of 12 shades of ALICE STARMORE HEBRIDEAN 3 PLY.
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Alice Starmore Hebridean yarn is an artisan product and is hand-skeined. The skeins may vary slightly in weight. It is priced per 25g of 2 Ply yarn.
Each order is weighed to ensure that you will receive – at minimum – the full weight ordered, regardless of number of skeins. Our yarn is kept and weighed at standard nett conditions. Our balances are checked daily using analytical weights to ensure that they are accurate at all times.
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ALICE STARMORE HEBRIDEAN 2 PLY
Weight to length ratio (yardage): approx 85m per 25g at standard conditions.
Wraps per Inch: 13.
Standard Knitting Tension
Stocking Stitch: 22-28 sts x 31-42 rows to 10cm on 2.75mm – 4.5mm needles.
Stranded Two-Colour Knitting: 26-29 sts x 31-34 rows to 10cm on 2.75mm – 3.5mm needles.
The tensions given above are for standard types of knitting. Please note however that we have created our Hebridean yarns to be versatile. For example, the loft and bounce of our Hebridean 2 Ply means that it can be very successfully knitted in openwork on larger needles as you will see in my Driftnet, Birdsfoot and Seaweed scarves, which are all knitted on 4.5mm needles. We plan to use our Hebridean yarns in a wide variety of ways.
ALICE STARMORE HEBRIDEAN 3 PLY
Weight to length ratio (yardage): approx 100m per 50g at standard conditions.
Wraps per Inch: 11.
Standard Knitting Tension
Stocking Stitch: 21-23 sts x 28-32 rows to 10cm on 3.75mm – 4.5mm needles.
Stranded Two-Colour Knitting: 21-22 sts x 24-26 rows to 10cm on 4.5mm – 5mm needles.
Please note that all of our yarns are supplied washed and therefore do not require to be washed or fulled after knitting, unless you have an accident. Generally speaking, your garments should not require cleaning/washing any more than a coat would.
All of our designs are made with 100% pure new wool yarns and should be washed either by hand with pure soap in hand hot-water, or in a front loading washing machine which has a specific wool programme using a small amount of non-biological detergent. We do not recommend the use of any fabric softeners or any additives that will remain in the fabric after rinsing.
If hand washing, dissolve a small amount of pure soap flakes – or if using a pure soap bar, grate the required amount – into hand-hot water. Ensure that the soap has thoroughly dissolved before immersing the piece. Use a gentle squeezing motion to wash; do not cause any friction by rubbing or scrubbing as this will cause the fibres to felt. Gently squeeze out the excess soapy water and rinse well in warm water. It is important to remove as much excess water as quickly as possible as the longer moisture is left in wool yarn, the more likely it is to shrink or felt.
The best method for removing water is to spin in a washing machine, but if you prefer to remove the water by hand then gently squeeze the piece to remove the main water load and then lay the piece flat on towels and roll up, squeezing out as much water as possible into the towels. You will have to use several towels and repeat the process to remove as much moisture as you can.
Alternatively, spin to remove the excess water. If using a top loading machine it is important to place the piece in a suitable pillowcase (white cotton is best) so that it does not wrap around the spindle and become distorted. For both top-loading machines and front-loading machines, it is vitally important to remove from the spinner as soon as it has stopped: otherwise the piece can become permanently creased.
In all cases, dry flat on towels away from direct heat/sunlight, and smooth gently into shape. You can place small towels – or even better, cut and finish old towelling into the garment shapes, such as sleeves etc – and place inside the garment so that the two layers are separate. This will greatly help speed up drying process.
For straight, dropped-shoulder pullover styles, a woolly board is an excellent method of drying as the garment is placed on the board and dried to size allowing air to circulate inside. The board can also be used for cardigans in this style so long as you tack the front bands closed using a strong cotton thread, which you then carefully remove once the garment has dried. Glove boards can also be used for gloves which will allow them to dry in perfect shape.