In the Wilderness

A wilderness?

There was a big announcement in the press this week. The Assynt/Coigach area of Sutherland and Wester Ross is to benefit from a £3M grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. On the face of it this is good news, but it is also news which is viewed differently by various sectors of […]

Hatopia – positive action to help a community

Community means a lot to me. It always has. The various communities within which I’ve lived have shaped me – there is no doubting that. One of the things that I disliked Margaret Thatcher most for was her declaration “And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, […]

RNLI Brave Lads and Lasses

Earlier in the year you may remember that I decided that I would dye a particular colourway called “Brave Lads and Lasses” in recognition of the incredible work done by our local RNLI station in Lochinver. The RNLI is manned entirely by volunteers and receives no state funding, relying instead on donations from the public. […]

Ponderings on Yarn Support

It isn’t often that I use the blog for thoughts on the knitting world, but I hope you won’t mind too much if I do so today. A few days back, a question was raised on Twitter which got me thinking about one particular aspect. From time to time dyers get asked if they will […]


Back in the days when Stevan was working in the IT industry, he liked to build up relationships with suppliers which would be long lasting and beneficial to both parties. I’ve tried to continue his good example in the associations I’ve built up within Ripples Crafts too. And back in what would now be considered […]

…Made in Assynt

Today was the last of the summer …Made in Assynt markets, and I was quite sad when, at 4.00pm, we all began to pack up our wares for the last time this summer. We still have the Christmas market to look forward to, and it will be a HUGE market this year (the biggest ever […]

A Long Week

It is a week since the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. My thoughts continue to be with all those affected by this event.

The fundraiser will close in a couple of hours after which I will tally up and let you know just how much has been raised through the generosity of everyone who […]

Just 24 hours to go

There are just 24 hours left to make your donation to the NZ earthquake appeal if you’ve not already done so. We have raised a staggering amount and are only about £58 short of having raised £1000.00. Thank you everyone who has donated so far. And thank you, too, for all the comments that have […]

Sunday Walk and Fundraiser update

Today was another lovely, sunny day in Assynt, so as soon as the morning chores were done we set off for the hills again. We were a bit too busy striding out today to stop and take photographs, except for one. No matter how much we have enjoyed ourselves on our walk I love coming […]

Sunny Days

I apologise in advance for the picture heavy post, but the blog has been lacking somewhat in photographs this week, but for a very good cause – there are still a couple of days left for you to make a donation to the fundraising effort being made for the victims of the NZ Earthquake this […]