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  […]

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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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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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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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Thursday, September 28 2017

Scourie - When a Plan Comes Together

[caption id="attachment_9015" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photograph courtesy of Woollywormhead[/caption]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  […]

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Tuesday, September 19 2017

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 be surprised to  […]

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Friday, May 12 2017

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,  […]

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Thursday, January 19 2017

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 risking scurvy  […]

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Thursday, January 12 2017

New Yarns and Pricing News


A really boring title to this blog entry, I know, but it sort of says it all!  This entry will be about a couple of new yarns and news on my pricing, so if you're only looking for pretty pictures of Assynt, sorry![caption id="attachment_8856" align="aligncenter"  […]

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Sunday, January 1 2017

Well, Hello 2017


The first day of 2017 dawned in the same way as the last day of 2016 - wet and windy!  We have had front after front of "weather" coming through Assynt since before Christmas.  We had two named storms pass over - Barbara and Conor, and while they were fierce we were fortunate enough not to  […]

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Wednesday, November 30 2016

Heartfelt Thanks


At this time of year we are bombarded with "shopping opportunities" that are given silly names - usually to do with colours.  Besides Black Friday (which has crept over the Atlantic to the UK and which now seems to extend not just to the Friday after the US celebration of Thanksgiving, but  […]

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Monday, October 3 2016



It has been a busy few weeks.  The week before last saw Stevan and I and the dogs heading south for Yarndale in Skipton, North Yorkshire.  This was my third outing at Yarndale, and as usual it was well organised and well attended.  This year I tried to remember to take some photographs:Before:Mid  […]

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Wednesday, September 21 2016

Another Beautiful Woolly Wormhead Collection

© 2016 Woolly Wormhead

[caption id="attachment_8764" align="aligncenter" width="800"] © 2016 Woolly Wormhead[/caption]I have always been a huge admirer of Woolly Wormhead's work.  She is a true architect when it comes to hat design.  I was thrilled when she told me she'd included one of my  […]

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Sunday, September 11 2016

The Magic of Tanera Mor


I hardly know where to begin telling you about the most recent Ripples Crafts knitting retreat on Tanera Mor.  The island wove its magic, the weather was kind, and the 10 wonderful women who made their way across last Friday morning all helped to make it just the most relaxing and happy retreat.  As  […]

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Tuesday, August 2 2016

Are you hungry? I mean really, REALLY hungry?


[caption id="attachment_8696" align="aligncenter" width="718"] Camping, Malawi style[/caption]How often has someone said to you "Are you hungry?" and the immediate response has been "I'm starved!".   I know I've said it many times.  But in reality  […]

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Tuesday, July 19 2016

Are You Ready for Website Wednesday?

Laceweight anyone?

Some of you may have noticed that there has been some work done on the shop website.  Stevan has been working hard behind the scenes (thank you Stevan!), giving the shop a cleaner look, which should work more smoothly across various platforms and devices.  Some of you have already purchased from the  […]

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Thursday, March 10 2016



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,  […]

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Thursday, December 31 2015

Happy New Year!

I'm not one for long posts about the year past and the year ahead at Hogmanay.  If I'm honest looking back over the year gone tends to make me maudlin, and I've always, by nature, been one that tends to look forwards rather than backwards.So instead, let me simply wish you a happy new year, show you  […]

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