I've been exceptionally busy in the dye shed doing various commission dye jobs but also preparing yarn for the next package in the Ripples Crafts Assynt Storms Yarn Club,(there are still a few places left if you wish to begin your membership in September) and also designing and dyeing a very special colourway for those coming on the Tanera Mor retreat next month.
But it was so lovely today I couldn't resist taking a quick walk up the hill behind our house to enjoy the fresh air and the clear view across the Minch.
While I was in my favourite "looking out" spot, I noticed quite a few specimens clinging to the rock where I always sit. This small patch of heather reminded me that I really must do a purply pink/grey/green colourway again.
And this is one of my favourite lichens but I have really difficulty capturing the shade:
Here is another patch of lichen mixed with moss - so pretty and so rich and lush looking!
Of course I couldn't spend all day up there, so it was back to work. But it meant that I was able to dye some Assynt Winter reliable sock yarn. This is a 4ply yarn with 75% wool and 25% nylon, making it ideal for socks, but useful for so many items which need to be hard wearing and easily washable. This is one of my earliest colourways, but still very, very popular.