Have you ever visited a place and instantly felt at home? Ag Baile (egg bahl-le) encompasses that feeling in Irish, meaning at home. I felt that feeling in all of Ireland, from the minute I stepped off the plane. This was one of my favorite photos from my trip to Ireland. The photo is of the ruins of Cistercian monastery, Hore Abbey, near the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, Ireland. Hore is thought to be derived from ‘iubhair’ which means yew tree. It was given to Archbishop David MacCearbhaill in 1270, who caused local resentment to the town of Cashel when he started to give local lands and mills over to the abbey.
The colorway is a tonal of varying shades of dark green and light green, just like Ireland.
This yarn base though… it is so squishy soft!!! This is my own custom yarn base called Álainne Fiáin (awl-in fe-own) which means Beautifully Wild in Irish. This is perfect for scarves, hats, thick mittens, and cowls!
Álainne Fiáin base
65% Fine Merino, 30% Yak Down, 5% Angora
200 yards / 119 grams
Hand Wash Only
Many are familiar with the properties of Merino wool. But Yak and Angora may be a fiber you’ve never worked with. Here are some facts about what makes these fibers so special:
-It’s the softest of yak fibers and is incredibly warm. It traps all of the heat in, close to the body, to insulate you through the coldest of temperatures. Have you ever seen a yak shiver?
– Very soft and strong! Many have said it’s even stronger than wool, which makes it great for long wearing items or items that might be used a lot like gloves, hats, and scarves. Your fingers will love the softness of this!
– Extremely soft fiber that comes from the Angora rabbit.
– A luxurious hollow fiber, which gives it loft, or a floating characteristic, and gives a soft halo.
– Possesses high heat retention and moisture-wicking properties.
– Can be worn outside is very cold conditions but then immediately worn inside without causing you to overheat.
Please note that color variations may occur from skein to skein as a result of hand dyeing. I have matched the colors in the photo as close as real life as possible however some differences may be noticed from monitor to monitor. Please also order as many skeins as you need for your project as color variation may happen one dye lot to the next.