Storm Petrel – 50g 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.

Storm Petrel is part of the Birds range, which is inspired by birds of the Outer Hebrides. It is shown here knitted up in the Raven Poncho from the book Glamourie by Alice Starmore.



The Storm Petrel is regarded as a mysterious bird and many legends have sprung up around it, probably due to its rather unusual habits. They do not have a great many colonies and they are all in remote areas, such as the Flannan Isles which are just off the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. They spend most of their time at sea and are only seen while crossing the Minch, although dead or exhausted birds can be found on the coasts after gales. In desperation they sometimes land on fishing boats and it is perhaps for this reason that one particular story grew up around them. If a mariner died at sea or someone was drowned and their body not recovered for burial (not an unusual occurrence when the fishing trade was at its height), then their soul would rise out of the water and turn into a Storm Petrel, or Waterwitch as they are known in the Hebrides. They are also known as Little Peter as they drop their legs down whilst flying low over water, like Peter trying to walk on the Sea of Galilee. Whatever the truth about these mysterious birds, it cannot be denied that they are very at home in the waters of the Minch. We have used a myriad of smoky blues, which we then combined with hints of purples, reds and turquoise to create a daring and mysterious colour that echoes stormy western seas.


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