From The Fibre Company
Gaelic name: Árainn Mhór
Arranmore feels like a yarn we’ve been journeying to create since our early days back in Maine. Our founder Daphne has a deep appreciation for textiles and has spent many years learning about processing fibre and how blends work together. All of our colours are the result of Daphne’s study in yarn production from the way we spin the fibre to the way a fibre will take a different dye. So, when we turned our attention to Tweed yarn, we did so with a view to add to a rich heritage that already exists.
Considering Tweed yarns led to some reflections on the existing tweeds that are used to create this traditional, loosely woven cloth. There is Harris Tweed, a tweed from yarn that is made in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. There is also Donegal Tweed, a tweed made from yarn that was traditionally dyed and spun for personal use in the South West region of County Donegal, Ireland in the early 1800s. The Donegal tweed was known for its flecked look derived from blending wool with nepps, small bits of tangled wool fibres. The Fibre Co.’s Arranmore yarn is a traditional woollen spun Donegal tweed yarn made in a mill that traces its roots to the early days of producing Donegal yarns on an industrial scale in the early 1900s. What makes Arranmore special is its use of fine merino wool blended with cashmere and silk.
The colours draw inspiration from the wild Irish coastline of the area and the rich depth of colour is also a journey within itself. To make Arranmore, each of the fibres are dyed separately. Some shades can have 4 or 5 colours of wool, but there is only one shade for the silk and cashmere in each shade of Arranmore. However, once you consider the nepps, there can be an additional 4 to 6 shades of wool. So with this unique blend there can be a dozen or so colours if one counts the shades of the various individual fibres. Putting them all together to create an intended palette is not an easy task.
Our partners at the mill have a lot of experience working with blends of colours but when it came to adding the silk and cashmere, we had to go back to the drawing board. To do this Daphne travelled to Donegal and spent several hours with the mill’s colourist to choose shades for the nepps and silk, which proved to be the biggest challenge. Working on colours, studying the fibres and the way they behave is what makes The Fibre Co. yarns so distinct and our partners were able to add their deep knowledge of the layering and milling process of tweed to achieve the colours you see today in Arranmore.
Fibre: 80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% silk
Length: 160m / 175yds per 100g
Tension: 14–17sts / 10cm on 5.00–6.00mm or 8–10 US needles
Care: Gentle hand wash cold