I have probably noted before that sometimes yarn must sit in stash for a while before it tells you what it needs to be. Such was the case with this yarn purchased on North Ronaldsay. It was sheared from North Ronaldsay sheep ON North Ronaldsay. The yarn was also processed and spun on North Ronaldsay. The sheep are special and supposedly their wool is soft because they eat seaweed.
I went to Scotland 10 years ago...I've been waiting THAT LONG for this yarn to tell me what it wanted to be. It has been cast on and then frogged for perhaps 5 projects before this one.
North Ronaldsay is one of the islands in Shetland. We took a day trip there during the tour, taking a small plane from Lerwick. The pilot looked a bit like Clooney.
When I buy a yarn from a different country, I want the yarn to speak to me, and either the yarn or I express the need for it to be something related to that locale.
I ran into Dee O'Keefe's Elizabeth Shawl a while back. I actually first tried this yarn in Dee's Elizabeth Wrap, but it didn't seem right. (A triangular shawl, while not traditional, always seems right.) The shawl has traditional Scottish lace patterns.
The yarn is soft and has the usual nice wooly spring to work with. I started it before a trip to England in May. Perhaps I was inspired because I was with the same tour guide as on the Scotland trip!
The yarn is a two ply fingering weight with a gauge of 4 sts per inch. I love this shawl.