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 […]

Quiet, but Busy!

I’m sorry it has been so quiet on the blogging front. It doesn’t mean that nothing has been happening at Lockhart Towers – quite the opposite. It has been an extremely productive week. I have been busy in the dye shed producing stock in both new and old colours. But more of that later.

We […]

This ‘n That

I have been dyeing from dawn to dusk for the past few days in preparation for two events coming up over the next 2 weeks. The first event is a new one for me, and for the organisers, Karelia House near Aberfeldy. I met Shirley, who started up Karelia House, at the Perth knitting show […]

I’m very fortunate

As my business has grown and got busier, the time I have to sit, relaxed, and knitting, has decreased. I by no means resent this, as I love what I do, but it does mean that getting samples together for show stands can be tricky. And this is where I am so fortunate.

 

More colour

You’ll most probably know by now that I try to gather a lot of my inspiration for colours from the landscape around Assynt. This month I had a happy coming together of finding a new dye colour and having the wild violets bloom at the same time. You may remember the difficulty I had photographing […]

Colour Choices

One of the questions I get asked most often at shows when helping folk pick yarn for a multi-colour project is “which colours do you think go together?” I find it awfully difficult to advise, as I know what colours I love together, but I’m reluctant to press my opinion on to others. But I […]

Time away

Sorry to have been so absent from the blog for the last week or so. I have a good excuse though … I’ve been on my travels. This time last Wednesday I was just settling down to a lovely evening with my friend Liz, and her husband Roger, chatting over the plans for the forthcoming […]

Royal Mail versus Knitters

Running a small business is never easy, and I am always trying my best to keep costs to an absolute minimum. I have always been very transparent when it comes to postal charges, and these have always been charged at cost. I have not added an additional charge for the packaging as I have built […]

Postal Surprises

It has been a wonderful week for postal surprises.

The first postal surprise wasn’t really a surprise in that I knew it was coming, but I still had a wonderful time ripping open the parcel to have a look. My sister in Australia had knitted me another Venomous Tentacula to contrast with the one which […]

More Power!

Today we had a quick trip across to the east coast for an important meet-up. We often travel across to Tain, in the east, to do our main shop of the month. If there was a competition for “supermarket car parks with the best view” this one would have to be up among the winners:

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