Isle of Auskerry
Sustainable Orkney Wool Products from North Ronaldsay Sheep
Isle of Auskerry is a sustainable Orkney farm business that creates exclusive, premium quality products from its flock of rare, seaweed-eating North Ronaldsay sheep.
Established in 1983 by Teresa Probert and Simon Brogan on their remote, 250-acre island home of Auskerry – situated in the North Sea, south of Stronsay - this unique family enterprise now has customers around the world.
The couple began by hand-curing luxuriously soft and naturally coloured North Ronaldsay sheepskins, before diversifying into woven, felted and knitting related goods showcasing the beauty and versatility of the ancient breed’s distinctive fleeces. A number of horn items are also available, reflecting Teresa and Simon’s philosophy that nothing on the farm should go to waste.
Once clipped and bagged, fleeces from the 300-strong Auskerry flock are shipped to the New Lanark Mill World Heritage site to be spun using traditional methods. The yarn is then passed to the historic Knockando Mill in Speyside where a skilled specialist weaver creates Isle of Auskerry’s wonderfully warm and subtly coloured range of pure wool throws.
You’ll find Isle of Auskerry’s limited edition throws and stunning sheepskin rugs on the company’s website, along with a selection of felted rugs, mats and knitting yarn. Teresa has also designed a range of patterns for the much sought after Isle of Auskerry yarn, which are available to buy as complete knitting kits.