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 different from […]

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 […]

That Moment of Stillness

I heard someone on the radio today describe the period between Christmas and New year as that “little moment of stillness”. And so it is. The mad rush of Christmas is over (did you really need all that food/last minute shopping/that extra packet of biscuits/the partridge?!) and the Hogmanay celebration is yet to come. […]

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 […]

What Show Preparation Looks Like

When one goes to a yarn show it is always wonderful to see how lovely and colourful the stands look. I think this is especially so when stallholders have to make the best of an agricultural building such as we do when we go to the likes of Yarndale and Woolfest. I know you won’t […]

Helloooooooo (anybody here?)

My poor blog – it has been very neglected. Will anybody even read this, I wonder. Summer has been very busy with a mix of shows and events and my focus for social media has been Twitter and Instagram – quick to leave a quick comment, and the 2 platforms seem to be well used. […]

From Dorset (via Australia) with Love


I’m so pleased to tell you that Clare Devine, over at Knit Share Love, has used some of my sock yarn in a couple of new designs as part of her “From Dorset with Love” collection of knitting patterns. The patterns are released today over on Ravelry, and I have had a sneaky […]

Work Going On Behind the Scenes

I am sorry this blog has been so quiet. However it isn’t because nothing has been happening at Tigh Na Ripples Crafts! Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram will know that the dye shed has a new home. After Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Stevan and I sat down and after some discussion, […]

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 […]