our bases


When it comes to selecting our bases, we are uncompromising in our standards. Animal welfare, fair trade, environmental sustainability and high quality are all our top priorities.

We only work with suppliers who share these ethical and quality values, allowing us to provide our customers with products that are not only beautiful, but responsibly sourced.


yarn bases


 
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NIAMH

A luxurious blend of silk and merino combine to produce this beautifully soft base. Niamh means lustre, radiance and brightness, qualities which are all reflected in this sumptuous yarn.

The daughter of the Irish god of the sea, Niamh (pronounced “Neev”) was an beautiful princess who fell in love with with the human hero Oisin. They lived together for 300 years in Tír na nÓg (The land of youth).

Niamh has wonderful stitch definition and drape. It’s soft, flowing texture makes it too soft for socks, but it’s the perfect match for shawls, sweaters, baby knits or any garment worn close to sensitive skin.

  • 50% Superwash Merino/50% Silk.

  • Available weights:

    • 4ply/Fingering (100g/400m)

    • DK (100g/225m)

  • Suitable for socks? No

  • Wash in cold water. Dry flat.

  • Country of origin: Argentina/Uruguay (sourced from non mulesed sheep)

 

 

Dún na nGall

Dún na nGall (Irish for Donegal) is our tribute to the long heritage of Donegal’s world famous tweed. Our family traces its Donegal roots back to before the 16th century, giving this yarn a very special place in our hearts.

We use two different bases in our Dún na nGall range:

1. For our sock weight, we’ve selected a beautiful blend of Blue Face Leicester and Donegal Nep. The natural elasticity of Blue Faced Leicester wool make this yarn perfect for knitting nylon free socks, but it works equally well for shawls, sweaters or most patterns which use this weight.

All our Blue Faced Leicester bases are 100% British and produced from small farms within the UK.

  • 85% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester/15% Donegal Nep (cotton)

  • Available weights:

    • 4ply/Fingering/Sock (100g/400m)

  • Suitable for socks? Yes

  • Wash in cold water. Dry flat.

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom

2. Our remaining weights combine supersoft Merino with Donegal Nep to produce this naturally speckled yarn.

  • 85% Superwash Merino/15% Donegal Nep (cotton)

  • Available weights:

    • DK (100g/212m)

    • Aran (100g/166m)

  • Suitable for socks? No

  • Wash in cold water. Dry flat.

  • Country of origin: Argentina/Uruguay (sourced from non mulesed sheep)

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oonagh

Soft, warm and scrummy. Oonagh (pronounced “oo-na”) is our personal favourite for cosy, supersoft sweaters. This base loves to be dyed, producing wonderfully vivid colourways.

Oonagh’s fine texture means its a little too delicate for socks, but it’s ideal when creating warm garments for wearing close to sensitive skin.

According to Irish folklore, Oonagh was Queen of the Fairies, and wore a robe of silver and dew. She has also been seen as the Irish goddess of nature, love and relationship.

  • 100% Superwash Merino

  • Available weights:

    • Lace (100g/1200m)

    • 4ply/Fingering (100g/400m)

    • DK (100g/225m)

    • Aran (100g/116m)

  • Suitable for socks? No

  • Wash in cold water. Dry flat.

  • Country of origin: Argentina/Uruguay (sourced from non mulesed sheep)

 

 

Gráinne

Gráinne (pronounced “GRAWN yeh”) has a slightly more robust texture, making it an ideal choice for projects where retention of shape is important. The hard wearing and natural elasticity of Blue Faced Leicester wool makes for an ideal yarn for knitting nylon free socks. All our Blue Faced Leicester bases are 100% British, and produced from small farms within the UK.

Gráinne was the Irish goddess of the grain, and it was believed that she protected seeds over the dark winter months.

  • 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester

  • Available weights:

    • Lace (100g/800m)

    • 4ply/Fingering/Sock (100g/400m)

    • DK (100g/225m)

    • Aran (100g/166m)

  • Suitable for socks? Yes

  • Wash in cold water. Dry flat.

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom

 

fibre bases


 
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Sorcha

Sorcha is a beautifully light and super soft merino top. It is perfect for spinning, either on its own or blended with another fibre.

Sorcha is a traditional Irish girl’s name and means bright, radiant and light - just like this top!

NOTE: this top is not suitable for wet felting

  • 100% Superwash Merino

  • 100g (minimum weight)

  • 21.5 Micron 

  • Staple length 65-100mm (2-4 inches)      

  • Wash in cold water. Dry flat.

  • Country of origin: Peru (sourced from non mulesed sheep)