“We still appreciate and respect the traditional skills now associated with pre-twentieth century yarn production; how raw wool looks to the educated eye; how it feels to the experienced hand; even how it smells are all aspects of yarn manufacture still highly valued by the company.”
Still a family owned business since its inception in 1798, JC Rennie was originally set up to spin yarn from locally grown wool. The locality was Aberdeenshire, and the spun yarn was for nearby weavers, then still operating a literal ‘cottage’ industry.
All JC Rennie’s yarns have a unique Scottishness about them, as if the very essence of Scotland is somehow bound up in the fibres. The colours; soft reds, hazy blues, rich dark browns. The strength; born of hard times, sometimes threatening survival itself. The lightness, the handle, as soft and weightless as the local haar, which as often as not shroud the North East of Scotland. The warmth — Scottishness at its very best.