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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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Thursday, October 15 2015

Running to Catch Up!


It has been a busy few weeks.  Yarndale came and went in a flash, and I failed to photographically record any of it!  The weather looked very kindly on us for Yarndale, and the folks came out and supported it well.   It was lovely to be back in Yorkshire, and we did have time for a trip down memory  […]

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Sunday, November 2 2014

A Pictorial Account - Glencanisp 2014

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I asked those who were on the recent retreat at Glencanisp to send me photographs of their time there, if they were happy for me to include it in a blog post.  So here they are - no descriptions, just a pictorial account of our week at The Lodge.    Many thanks to those who allowed me to use their  […]

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Sunday, October 26 2014

Glencanisp Lodge Retreat 2014


What a lovely week we had at the inaugural fibre retreat at Glencanisp Lodge.  And what a lovely, lovely lot of retreaters.Sadly the weather did its utmost to ruin our fun, but in October in the Highlands you have to take what you get, and sometimes it can be absolutely stunning, while at other  […]

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Saturday, October 11 2014

So that will be autumn here then


We had an incredible month of weather during September.  It was mild, sunny, and dry.  The weather for the retreat on Tanera Mor was just fabulous.  So it was a bit of a shock to wake up on the 1st October and it was as if someone had flicked a switch from Summer to Autumn.Autumn means much growling  […]

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Tuesday, September 16 2014

Tanera Mor Retreat 2014


I really cannot believe the Tanera Mor retreat has come and gone.  It just seemed to whiz by.  Last Sunday morning found Mungo and I heading towards a new (for us) pier to meet The Patricia which was to ferry our small group across to Tanera Mor.[caption id="attachment_7788"  […]

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Thursday, January 23 2014


As many of you know, I have been organising what have been known as Knitting Retreats, but which encompass all things yarny and fibrey and woolly for the last couple of years.   This year is no exception.   These retreats are not knitting courses, they are retreats in the true sense of the word.   […]

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Saturday, October 12 2013

On Holiday at Home

Lexie's Loch, Assynt

At the beginning of this week the weather was awful!  Really awful!  We had gale force winds and torrential rain interspersed with hail.  The wind was from the north at times, making it bitterly cold.  At times working in the dye shed was a little frightening - although fortunately the shed is  […]

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Saturday, September 14 2013

Tanera Mor Retreat 2013

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[caption id="attachment_6784" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Picture courtesy Summer Isles Enterprises[/caption]Last Saturday found me on my way to the tiny Badentarbet Pier near Achiltibuie to load up the good ship Patricia with myself and lots of yarn.  The Tanera  […]

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Thursday, September 5 2013

Off on retreat

The Patricia arrives with retreaters

How fast the year has flown by!  This time last year I was about to set off to the small island of Tanera Mor for the first Ripples Crafts / Summer Isles fibre retreat.  And on Saturday I will be heading off on the Patricia on the short crossing to the island again, to be joined but 10 other  […]

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Thursday, August 22 2013

Wonderful Weather


We have been having absolutely glorious weather over the last few days.  It has pelted down with rain at night, but the days have been lovely.  Today was no exception.I've been exceptionally busy in the dye shed doing various commission dye jobs but also preparing yarn for the next package in the  […]

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Thursday, August 15 2013

Last Minute Vacancy - Tanera Mor Yarn Retreat


Because of circumstances beyond her control one of the people booked in to attend the retreat on Tanera Mor at the beginning of September has had to cancel.   This means that if you were hoping to attend, but it was booked out before you could book a place (and that did happen rather quickly!) then  […]

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Tuesday, April 2 2013

Business, then Leisure


Before I get on to the leisurely walk we had today, I'd like to discuss the new postage rates that are in force.  Through discussions with our post mistress, Anne, in our local Post Office, and through acquiring new bags for posting, I have managed to package yarn in a way that keeps the increase to  […]

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Friday, February 22 2013

A Lodge Retreat

Some of you may recall this blog post, which included photographs of Glenanisp Lodge, which is an old hunting lodge which was part of a Community Buyout a few years ago by The Assynt Foundation.Well I am very pleased to announce that there will be a second yarny retreat this year, but this one will  […]

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Thursday, November 29 2012

2013 Calendar

The calendar has arrived from the printers, and I'm very happy with it.  It is always so difficult to choose 12 photographs out of the hundreds that Stevan and I take each year.  But eventually I whittle them down, and the final proof gets approved and the printing begins.  I'm always so nervous  […]

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Saturday, November 24 2012

We had so much fun this year

We're doing it all again!  The Tanera Mor Knitting Retreat will be back in 2013.From 7th to 13th September 2013 there will be a knitting retreat on the island of Tanera Mor off the west coast of Scotland.   You can find all the details and costs here.Spaces are VERY limited, and to qualify for a  […]

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Tuesday, September 25 2012

Reflections of Tanera Mor

I've been home from Tanera Mor a few days now, and have been able to reflect a little on what was an amazing two weeks on the island.The weather certainly worked very hard during the first week to disrupt everyone's plans.  First there was a chance we would not get onto the island, and then there  […]

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Sunday, September 16 2012

Another little taste of some of last week's views

It is very hard to explain in words how peaceful and serene Tanera Mor can be despite the wild weather.  So instead I'll show you:[caption id="attachment_5659" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Panoramic view looking west from the 2nd highest point on the  […]

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Friday, September 14 2012

The wanderer returns - briefly

I've popped home for a change of clothes and a nice long soak in a bath.  What a week!  Despite much uncertainty about weather, we managed to get onto and off the island on the right days.  And in between there was a lot of laughter, a LOT of eating, much talking, some walking, and, in my case, not  […]

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Friday, September 7 2012

On retreat

The blog may be a wee bit quiet over the next little while.  Many of you will remember that at the end of 2011 I decided to arrange a knitting retreat on the island of Tanera Mor.  Well when I was arranging it all September 2012 seemed so far away.  But finally the time as arrived - and I'm due to  […]

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