a s t a i r journey
Taking you on a journey across the Three Peaks of South Uist, Astair pauses and takes in the breathtaking scenery, heritage and features of this rugged land. Though small in stature; Thacla, Beinn Choradail, and Bheinn Mhòr present a side to Uist that is today wild in spirit though steeped in history.
Born from a partnership between Claddach Farm, Fife, and Uist Wool, Astair talks of many journeys.
- A journey into the unknown. Working with alpaca fibre has been a new learning curve on the mill floor.
- A journey from Fife to Uist with the Carrs of Claddach Farm.
- A journey through the islands, exploring the lesser-known land and history of the Eastern side of South Uist.
The Astair Trek Kit provides everything you will need to begin your own Astair journey:
- 6 x 50g skeins 4-ply yarn (one of each shade)
- 1 x skein of gradient single-ply yarn incorporating all 6 shades of Astair.
- 1 x Gudrun Johnston pattern download for your super-special skein of Eabhal singly-ply.
- 1 x map of our Astair South Uist journey.
Astair is a collection of six 4-ply (equivalent) yarns in a range of natural shades made from alpaca and wool blends. Each shade has been individually constructed to ensure a gorgeous balance between strength, tone and Uist Wool character.
The mountains are the source of many of Uist’s plentiful freshwater lochs. The source of Abhainn Ròg comes from high on the ridges and snakes its way into the great fishing lochs at Sniseabhal, filtering the water through millions of years of geology and thousands of years of peat.
Silver mid-grey yarn. Black alpaca and white cheviot wool.
Maol- Small mountain-top plateau
Respite from the heather climb and scree, Maola Breac is a particular favourite grazing spot for remaining upland sheep water collects in shallow green earthy pools.
Strawberry blonde/caramel yarn. Red alpaca and white cheviot wool.
Bealach- Mountain pass
Crossing the mountain ridge from coast to coast is easiest at the bealach. Bealach Heileasdall presents the easiest route over the ridge from Gleann Heileasdall to Gleann Dorchaidh, East to West.
Rich red-brown yarn. Brown alpaca, moorit Shetland and dark Scottish Merino wool.
Towering above the islands, with extensive panoramic views over land and sea to land again, the crags atop all three peaks provide breath-taking drama to these relatively wee hills.
Deep grey yarn. White alpaca and dark Shetland wool.
Poll- Fishing pool
Nestled in high sheltered spots, these pools provided valuable food sources to those living in the glens on the East coast, or camping in the airidhs whilst tending to sheep.
Pale, silver grey yarn. Grey, black and white alpaca and cheviot wool.
Millions of years of glacial snow and ice erosion formed this forbidding bowl in the mountainside, the shadows of which shift with the seasons.
Creamy fawn/white. White alpaca with white Cheviot wool (50/50 blend).
The majestic shark-finned profile of Eaval stands out on the landscape of North Uist- one of the best views is from the Wool Shed at the mill. Though another low hill on the geographical scale, Eabhal still poses a challenge for walkers, with a labyrinth of waterways to navigate to its long steady ascent. Eaval combines all the features of a great trek, just as Eabhal combines all the features of the Astair collection in a single, delicate yarn. Navigate as you knit from shade to shade, with subtle and beautiful graduation from each tone to the next. All shades and tones graduated from one to the next in two distinctly different combinations:
Light to Dark: Coire (white), Poll (pale grey), Maol (strawberry blonde), Abhainn (Silver mid-grey), Sgeir (deep grey), Bealach (rich brown). 100g skeins.
Grey to Brown: Sgeir (deep grey), Abhainn (silver mid-grey), Poll (pale grey), Coire (creamy white), Maol (strawberry blonde), Bealach (rich brown). 90g skeins. Though this skein is slightly smaller, the kit comes with an added extra to make up the difference.