Marsh Orchid 4 (DK)

£25.00 Inc. VAT | 100g

Dath | Machair

Anticipatory Happiness: having something to look forward-to is good for us, a much-needed boost to our mental health. Here at Uist Wool, we’re looking forward to the early Summer.

May, June & July, the time of year when the skies stay light until midnight, darkening for only a few hours before dawn; when the fields, moors and hills are ripe and vibrant with growth and wildlife; when livestock graze contentedly with their young; crops creep higher; and the community takes to the outdoors, soaking up the vitamin D and working on our crofters’ tans whilst getting all the outside jobs done and enjoying the atmosphere of the machair in bloom.

Helping us with some of this anticipatory happiness is our newest collaboration yarn for the Dath range, this time with the Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co. Inspired by the early summer flowers of the machair in full force, Emma has created 15 sumptuous shades, reflecting the rich diversity of species found on our coastal grasslands. Dyed on our Solas DK base, each naturally dyed 100g skein is brimming with Summer sunshine, you can almost smell the heady clover and ladies’ bedstraw wafting on the warm salty breeze.


So what is Machair?

Machair is many things to many people, the name sparks a slightly different definition depending on who you ask as it’s an important place for all those who live, study and work on or near it. Briefly, machair is the area of grass and field directly next to the western coastline of the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides). It is fertile thanks to its unusual soil structure, and is a vital resource for crofters who graze and grow crops for livestock. These crofting practices in turn encourage an enormously rich diversity of plant, flower, insect and bird species throughout the year, but chiefly between May and September, when the area is carpeted with flowers, ringing with birdsong and buzzing with insect life. It’s a truly magical place to be.

Further detail can be found here: (where you may also spot a few familiar faces), and here: Crofting in Uist, RSPB



At the beginning of last year, we set out to present a whole series of fabulous collaboration yarns, here’s what we said:

“For 2020 we are collaborating with some of our amazing friends in the hand-dyeing world to bring you a series of extra-special coloured yarns on a range of our own yarn bases. The colour ways are inspired by Uist through the seasons; we set a loose brief and let the dyer put their own amazing creative stamp on it. The series will be spread every few months throughout the year, so watch this space and sign up to our newsletter and social media for updates.”

With Covid-19, lockdowns and closure, the year didn’t exactly go to plan for us (understatement of the year) and one year later, we’re presenting the second instalment in the series! But we think it’s worth the wait…

The Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co. will need no introduction for many of you. Emma’s naturally dyed, all wool rustic yarns have a distinctive aesthetic, evoking dreamy Northern Irish landscapes and flora in their beautiful delicate colourways.


Uist Wool’s Yarn Base

The Dath series is always a collaboration between a guest dyer and one of Uist Wool’s existing yarns, allowing you to pair even just a single skein with anything else from our repertoire, to create gorgeous pops of colour. For the Machair collaboration, we have used our Solas DK base; “Classic natural white of top-grade Cheviot yarn that conveys the clarity and purity of the North Atlantic machair coastlines of the Outer Hebrides. Cheviot is one of our most common breeds of sheep here in the Uists, with its rugged upland nature, kind majestic face and its beautiful quality fleece it’s one of the staples of Uist Wool’s woolshed.”

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Weight 100 g


235 meters per 100g

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