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Di Gilpin

Saorse - Specialist Scottish Wool/Cashmere Yarn

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  • Saorse (Saorsa) is a truly special yarn using the best fleeces from sheep reared in Scotland and blended with the finest cashmere from Mongolia. We are thrilled to be able to bring you this gloriously light, warm and soft yarn which was produced by Di Gilpin in collaboration with Uist Wool.

    This yarn is spun from only the finest organic Shetland, Bluefaced Leicester, Cheviot and Texel produced entirely on Claddach Farm, by Kay and Alan Carr, Peat Inn, FIfe, blended with the finest cashmere from Mongolia and specially spun by Uist Wool to give you a yarn that is gloriously light, and knits beautifully in gansey, lace, cabling and colour-work.

    A double-knit to Aran weight. This signature yarn is created with a light twist, to give wonderful stitch definition, a beautiful vintage look and a contemporary warm and soft handle.

    This knits beautifully on 4mm or 4.5mm needles.

    As a young woman Di spent some time in Ladakh on the Tibetan border, teaching knitting and falling in love with Cashmere. There is a long story dating back to the 18th century as to how this precious fibre came to Scotland via India and Persia to be spun using ingenious machinery created in Scottish mills. So it feels so right to have this fibre being spun once again in Scotland and re-creating that special link between the Himalayas and the Hebrides!

    Read the whole story about Soarse yarn here.

  • Ingredients:
    Organic Wool Composition:
    5% Shetland
    5% Blue face Leicester
    35% Texel
    35% Cheviot....all reared at Claddach Farm in Fife.
    20% Mongolian Cashmere

    125 meters (137 yards)


    DK - Aran
    22 sts and 30 rows in stocking/stockinette stitch measured over 10 cms / 4 ins on a UK 4.00 mm needle, or/
    20sts and 28rows in measured over 10cms/4ins on a UK 4.5mm needle.

  • To create original and intensely beautiful pieces of hand knit which not only protect us and tell a story, but transport us in the wearing, into a dream time inspired by the ever-changing land and seascapes of Scotland. To have the wearer feel the spirit of the wild free mountains, and islands, wherever they may be.

  • My knitwear design studio has its origins in a semi-ruined croft on the Isle of Skye. I had settled there in 1983 with little more than a rucksack containing a tent, wool and knitting needles.

    I have worked with many Yarn companies over the  years and created for Rowan the Rowan Scottish Tweed, which was made at the Harris Tweed mill in Carloway, Isle of Lewis. I wrote a book of designs in this amazing yarn, 'Shorelines" with patterns focused on intarsia, colourwork and gansey knitting.

    From those early beginnings, I have developed an international fashion brand, working with leading designers including Graeme Black, Erdos 1436, Hancock VA, Mark Fast, Topshop Unique, Cabbages & Roses, Sophia Kokosolaki and Nike.  Read more about our Collaborations

    Now based at Comielaw Farm on the Balcaskie Estate we have a beautiful showroom and design studio alongside a work room for classes and a kitchen. 

    We have recruited a great team of skilled home-knitters based across Scotland. There is a core specialist team, who live within a 15-mile radius, to create the one-off pieces and special commissions desired by private clients, fashion designers and the catwalk.

    A single Di Gilpin garment could take us as long as two months to create, hand-knitted in the finest Scottish yarn, inspired by our rich cultural heritage and provenance, making it among the most intricate and show-stopping pieces of couture available anywhere in the world

    For the past few years we have been working in tandem with La Fetiche, a Paris Glasgow Fashion label founded by April Crichton and Orely Forestier.