Scourie – When a Plan Comes Together

Photograph courtesy of Woollywormhead

When I knew that Woolly Wormhead had been asked to teach a few classes at Loch Ness Knit Fest in October I was so pleased. I have long been a huge fan of Woolly’s designs. We had a little chat and decided that a collaboration for the event would be […]

The Scenic Route

Yesterday was Optician day – a day I always dread, not only because of the likely expense of new glasses, but because of the actual test itself. We have a lovely optician, Margaret in Ullapool. She is so thorough, and fortunately has a good sense of humour as for some reason I always get […]

Heartfelt Thanks

At this time of year we are bombarded with “shopping opportunities” that are given silly names – usually to do with colours. Besides Black Friday (which has crept over the Atlantic to the UK and which now seems to extend not just to the Friday after the US celebration of Thanksgiving, but to a […]

Clearing the Mind

I doubt anyone could deny that 2016 has thrown some real stinkers at the world. It has been quite a year. Sometimes we just need to step back, take a deep breath, and decide what we want to focus on. Do we want to constantly seek out the negative or do we want to try […]

Introducing …. Burras

Burras is the new yarn to join the Ripples Crafts family. But first, let me explain the name.


Burras (pronounced boo-ras) is Gaelic for caterpillar. And what do caterpillars turn into? Beautiful, multi-coloured butterflies! (yes, and moths, but we won’t talk about those – just keep thinking about butterflies). Butterflies in many, […]

Monday Walks

I know I’ve said this before, but being self employed means that if the weather is absolutely glorious it is a crime not to take advantage of it, sneak off for a good walk, and then catch up with work when the weather isn’t too good. And, with snow and cold weather forecast for next […]

I took a day off

I have been working flat out for the last 10 days, trying to catch up after being laid low with a horrid cold after Yarndale, and so when it looked like the weather today was going to be rather lovely, I took the day off. One of the perks of self employment!

After an […]

Sunday Walks

Peggy and I were on our own today for our Sunday Walk. We headed up to one of my favourite lochs (currently nameless on most maps that we’ve found), and then headed along the top of the hills to Lexie’s Loch. After what feels like days (and nights) of rain, the ground was pretty soggy […]

An exciting collaboration

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I’ve been dropping hints about a trip away that I’ve had this week. Well, I can now reveal where I’ve been and why. A drive of 3 1/2 hours found us deep in the Spey Valley here:

Knockando Mill – dating back to […]

All set!

The Wool-mobile has been collected from Inverness:

and is packed with barely room for my suitcase:

Tomorrow will find me heading south down the A9 to pick up my friend Lizzi, before heading further south to Darlington to prepare for the Trunk Show at A Fine Yarn on Skinnergate in Darlington on Friday […]