Sunday, May 31 2020

Flower Power Fund / Marie Curie Fundraiser

Earlier in the year I was contacted by Sarah Holmes, organiser of the Flower Power Fund initiative and palliative care doctor, to ask if I would dye a special colourway to raise money for Marie Curie.   This organisation works hard to care for terminally ill people in the UK.  To quote from their website:

"We offer free nursing care to people with all terminal illnesses across the UK, as well as support for family and friends.  Our nurses generally provide one-to-one nursing care and support overnight in your home, usually for eight or nine hours.  In some areas, we also offer care for a shorter period of time, or during the evening or daytime, as well as care at very short notice in a crisis."

Naturally I said "yes, of course" and almost immediately I knew which flower I wanted to represent in the yarn I would offer for sale in the fundraiser - the tiny, delicate marsh orchid which is found in abundance in the hills behind our home in Assynt when it flowers in May and June.  It comes in a variety of shades, from almost white through to deep, dark pinky purple. 

After a few trials (and errors!) I was finally happy with the colour to use for the Northern Marsh Orchid colourway. 

My next mission was to head up into the hills behind our house, where we know they grow prolifically, with Stevan in tow to find a flowering example, and then video it for you to see it growing in its natural habitat.  However there was a small fly in our planning ointment - only the paler versions are in flower this early in June.  The darker colour ones don't flower until a wee bit later on in the month.  But we did a video anyway, which you can see at the end of this post.  I really wanted to give you an idea of the sort of landscape around the dye shed and the environment in which the orchid grows which is boggy heathland.  After lying in the grass for numerous "takes" of the video I was somewhat soggy and midge bitten!

The yarn is available on 3 yarn bases, the Burras, Reliable Sock Yarn and Culkein DK. It will be available throughout June.

£5 from every hank sold will go to Marie Curie.  The work Marie Curie does isn't easy work, as you can imagine, made even harder by the difficult days of COVID-19.   So even if you don't want or need any yarn, if you wish to make a contribution to Marie Curie then please go to their donation page here

Tuesday, December 31 2019

Looking Forward

At this time of year it is very tempting to look back, and mull over the year which has passed.  And that is no bad thing, and is sometimes worthwhile when considering how your life has progressed in the past 12 months, but all too often it can turn in to a pity fest about how awful the year has  […]

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Monday, December 23 2019

Thinking back

The light on our walk this morning was wonderful, and the rising sun highlighted Stoer Lodge, which overlooks Stoer Bay.  Although we were dressed warmly with jackets, gloves and hats this morning, it brought back memories of a very different looking Stoer Lodge.  A very much colder Stoer Lodge.   […]

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Friday, December 20 2019

A Vibrant Assynt

For probably as long as anyone can remember this part of the world, Assynt, is referred to regularly as "remote" or "inaccessible" or "far away" or worse still "empty".  The first time these descriptive words hit home was some years ago was when I picked up  […]

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Thursday, March 29 2018

Introducing "Cochrane"

I wanted to do something special to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ripples Crafts.  And I thought what better way to celebrate such a significant event than to create a new yarn.   I wanted to design a yarn that captured all the features that I love as well as creating something distinctively  […]

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Thursday, March 22 2018

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 enjoyable but  […]

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Saturday, February 3 2018

A Few More Questions (with photographs!)

My last blog entry led to a few more questions in my Ravelry group, so I thought I'd do a wee follow up here too.One of the points I made in my last entry raised a lot of interest on Ravelry, and that was the point that the dye bath exhausts when dyeing, and all the colour goes into the yarn,  […]

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Tuesday, January 30 2018

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 I thought I'd jot  […]

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