Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018

I have been trying hard to digest and mull over Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018 for the last few days. It is very difficult to put down in words just how much, from a vendor’s perspective, I enjoyed this event this year. I am struggling to pin point exactly what it was that made it so […]

Questions, questions, questions …..

I was writing up notes for the 2 people who will be helping me at Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year, and it got me to thinking about questions I’ve been asked over the 10 years of doing events around the country about how/why I dye the way I do, along with some other queries. So […]

Scenic Weather

Yesterday found us heading to Inverness, to the funeral of one of our community, Pauline. She was a larger than life character whose laughter could be heard a long time before you actually saw her. We were sad to say our goodbyes but it was a lovely service, with many memories of her laughter and […]

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017

What an absolutely wonderful weekend! I cannot begin to explain how much fun it was at Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year. I can hardly believe it is all over. I spent most of winter dyeing yarn for the event, and despite taking nearly 1/4 more stock than I took with me last year I was […]

A Day Off

One of the pleasures of self employment is that you’re not tied to regimented hours of 9 to 5 Monday to Friday, which means you have to face the shops on a Saturday or Sunday when most of the rest of the working population are doing their shopping. So on Tuesday I declared we were […]

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 […]

EYF – Over for another year (sadly!)

Wow! What a week it was last week. Early on Thursday morning found us on the road to Edinburgh. The trailer was absolutely stuffed, as was our little car. The poor dogs were wondering where they were to squeeze in, I suspect, but we all fitted in and had a trouble free run down […]


Well, almost! This time next week I’ll be sitting quietly in a corner of our friends house having travelled down to Edinburgh and set up for Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016 wondering what it is I’ve forgotten to dye/pack/bring/do/knit/label. The hard work of setting up the stand will have been done, and everything will be under […]


Introducing ………..

Dunedin, designed by Lucy Hague Photography by Katie Blair Matthews

Dunedin – a beautiful crescent shaped shawl, designed by Lucy Hague. Lucy was asked to design a pattern exclusively for Wool Tribe, the magazine companion to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival which will be on sale from 7.00pm tonight (GMT) here .


The “Ripples” in Ripples Crafts

Sometimes I idly wonder if I chose the right name for my business – Ripples Crafts. I mean, it doesn’t really say “hand dyed yarn” does it? But then someone said something to me at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival which bought back exactly why I’d chosen the name, and I searched back through my […]