our story



Wild Atlantic Yarns is a small, family run hand-dyed yarn company.

Based in the North West of Ireland, our home studio is run by Kathleen (with frequent visits, input and distractions from four young children, one golden retriever and a husband).

A self taught knitter since the age of six, Kathleen trained and worked as a geologist before switching to life as a stay at home mum. This period allowed her to follow her yarnie dreams, by combining motherhood with freelancing as a design consultant for a major yarn company.

Now living in rural Donegal, Kathleen continues to pursue her artistic and creative side, both in our studio and by designing original patterns using Wild Atlantic Yarns.

Our inspiration

The rich heritage and stunning landscape of Ireland are the influences and inspiration behind our designs, and we draw upon Irish art, literature and nature when creating new colour stories. Our colourway titles reflect the story of our design choices.

The morning view from our studio.

The morning view from our studio.

our process

We use professional grade, colour and light fast dyes.

Living in such beautiful surroundings is a constant reminder of the importance of sustainability. Wherever possible, we take steps to reduce our environmental impact. Food grade citric acid is used to set our colours, dye baths are exhausted and water recycled to minimise waste.

We are beyond fortunate to live 10min from the Atlantic Ocean.

While our local beaches are thankfully pristine, plastic pollution is an ever present and growing concern. As such, Wild Atlantic Yarns has a zero plastic shipping policy.

Find out more about our environmental and packaging policies here.

The wild atlantic way

Donegal is at the tippy top of The Wild Atlantic Way, the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. Its 2500km is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, warm hospitality and unforgettable experiences. Our studio sits on The Wild Atlantic Way, and our company name is in tribute to its beauty.

Find out more about The Wild Atlantic Way here.