It has been ALL about work in recent weeks, so I do apologise for being absent from the blog for so long.  I'm dyeing up a storm for Edinburgh Yarn Festival which takes place in just 4 weeks time.   Here is just a handful of yarns waiting for labelling.  I've rented a van to get everything down to Edinburgh, but at this rate I'm wondering if I need to upgrade to a larger van!


However last week I took a day off to go to a business related presentation, but also a lot of fun.  It was the Trends Workshop with Anne Ritchie covering trends in colours, textures and fabrics for Spring 2016.  Anne's presentations are always good, and the accompanying booklet was beautifully presented:


I'm pleased to tell you that colours for spring/summer 2016 are great!  Bright, cheery, and saturated - just how I like them


These sorts of events are also really good for leaving the solitude of the dye shed and talking to real people!  People who are in a similar field to you, and hearing about their lives and experiences.  It really helps with the isolation of working alone, and you soon begin to realise that that problem you thought only you had?  Actually it is quite common, and here's how to deal with it.  So thank you to Emergents for organising this event once again, and for putting on a lovely lunch which enabled me to have a good chat to folk.

The first week in February also saw the dispatch of the second parcel in this year's yarn club, Yarn Notes from Assynt.  I think it has arrived with all the members spread around the globe now, so I can reveal what it looked like.  If you are a member and haven't seen your yarn yet, then look away now!  This month the point of interest in Assynt was Stoer Light House, and the surrounding environment.  Stevan's notes covered a huge range of topics and feedback from members has once again been very positive, both for the cultural notes and the yarn.


The inspiration for the colours in the yarn was, quite simply, the sea.  It wanted to capture it in all its moods.  I hope I achieved that.


And finally, I am thrilled to say I have been accepted, again, for Woolfest 2015.  This will be my 7th year as a vendor at the event.  I'm looking forward to it.  So far the events I will be attending in 2015 are Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March, Highland Wool Festival in May, and Woolfest in June.