First of all, thank you to everyone who contacted me by email, on Twitter, and on Ravelry regarding my sister, Alison.  It was very kind of each of you to take the time to get in touch and it was very much appreciated.  Thank you.

I'm off on my travels again.  This time I'm heading down to Yarndale, near Skipton in Yorkshire.   Yarndale opens on Saturday morning, and closes on Sunday afternoon, so I do hope you can make it if you're in the area.  It is held at the Skipton Auction Mart.  Ripples Crafts will be on stand 88 which is the same place as I was last year if you were there in 2014.  And I'll have my trusty companions, Lizzi and Dorothy, to help on the stand so there will be a few of us to help if you have any queries.

I'm trying a new product for Yarndale - gradient colour packs.  I have them in a range of shades, but once they're gone they'll be gone, so if you're after gradient shades make sure you get to the stand early on Saturday.  Packs include Rock and Peat Ripples:


as well as Loch and Sky Ripples:


to name just two shades.

This will be the first outing for the trailer which Stevan has been working so hard on.  I had the back open to start packing boxes into it earlier in the week, and Emma, one of our Bluebelle's, decided it needed closer inspection.  I think she has her eye on it as a nesting box when it isn't in use:


Between periods of preparation for Yarndale, there have been therapeutic walks in the fresh air.  Stoer beach has lost most of its sand again and has returned to a mostly pebbled beach, but some soul took advantage of that and did some artwork on the beach:


Although we're now in late September, the colours are still spectacular when the light is just right:


Because I'm heading to Yarndale the shop is currently empty of all yarn, although club memberships are still available.  I will restock the shop on my return.    I have also been working behind the scenes with a couple of prominent designers, and while plans are still in the "very secret!" stage, I can promise you that 2016 is looking like being an exciting one for those of you who enjoy using Ripples Crafts yarn.  I can't wait to tell you more, but it won't be for a little while yet.  I'll just need to be patient!