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Isn’t she lovely

Isn’t she wonderful

I can’t help but hum these Stevie Wonder lyrics every time I look at these skeins. They are the brand spankin’ new artisan yarn for Bare Naked Wools called Ghillie. It’s a 3-ply sock/fingering yarn, spun from 100% Cheviot wool.

Cheviot is a soft but tough wool fiber used traditionally to make hardwearing scottish tweed and twill cloth as well as for knitting kilt hose.

Anne named the yarn Ghillie, a type of tongueless shoe with lacing up the instep, originally worn by Scots. They are worn by women in Irish dance and by both men and women in Highland dance. You can read more about the shoes on the Wiki page here.

Ghillie is the May 2013 club shipment of Bare Naked Knitspot and is now available to the public! It’s been a super huge hit with club members. You can see the designs in ravelry here and here (WARNING clubbies! spoiler photos in links). They gobbled up all the additional skeins we had in the special 600 yard put up. But don’t fret! We have a supply of the regular sized 450 yard (4 oz) skeins in the knitspot shop here.

Wondering what you could knit with Ghillie? It’s perfect for socks

like Anne’s Fishbone Gansey


or Lighthouse Gansey Sock, Basketweave Sock, Bricker, Cinder Block Sock, French Quarter Sock, Lacunae Sock, Math Whiz Sock, or Movie Night Sock.

It’s great yarn for shawls and wraps such as



Hillflowers, Budding Apple, Morning Glory, Palimpsest Stole, or Pine and Ivy and it would make a lovely yarn for knitting accessories like

As Anne mentioned before, lots of Cookie A’s socks would be perfect for Ghillie.

My friend Carrie of Irish Girlie Knits Designs called me and was ecstatic about Ghillie’s release for the club. The yarn reminded her of fond days Irish dancing as a child and the special shoes she wore. She can’t wait to knit the new yarn and it would be suitable for several of her designs found here.

Ghillie is now available in the shop here, along with lots of other Bare Naked Wools! What will you be casting on with the new Cheviot?

2 thoughts on “Ghillie

  1. Holy snapdragon, Batman!! Those club socks are AMAZING, as is the yarn. I think I’m definitely going to have to save up for some. WOW.

  2. I could totally see the fishbone gansey sock in this yarn. And I know a few people are doing wheaten and it looks great. Love it!

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