Set in the village of New Lanark, on the banks of the River Clyde in South Lanarkshire, New Lanark Mills specialise in producing fantastic quality woolen yarn with very traditional methods on a 19th century spinning mule. This heritage site is both a tourist destination and working mill, with yarn purchases helping support the site.
Characteristics of New Lanark Aran
The beautiful depth of colour from the tweedy flecks bring something special to any woolen item, however this yarn really excels in traditional style garments. This yarn seems to be extremely hardwearing, we have a sweater here that is 4 years old and shows zero signs of wear. The owner (Frank!) even kneads bread in it causing chunks of dried glue flour to then be picked out. The sweater rarely needs washing, rather a good airing in the sunshine keeps it smelling fine.
There is also almost no signs of pilling, a few tufts here and there which can be removed but that's it!
It's a rare thing to be able to compare yarn batches 4 years apart and after wear but I can happily say that there is zero different between the colour, I'd feel confident mixing batches with at least cobolt. Perhaps time will tell with other colours.
What to knit with New Lanark Aran?
Due to the construction of this yarn, you can see that cables look amazing, we would also recommend any style of traditional British knitting. In saying that, as the yarn does have little details and notes of character it would also shine in a simple garment.
Softness of New Lanark Aran?
As for softness, it is softer than most traditional British yarns, most people have medium sensitivity to coarseness could wear this as a garment (but perhaps not a scarf).