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Monday, February 29 2016


Photography by Katie Blair Matthews

Introducing ...........[caption id="attachment_8602" align="aligncenter" width="669"] Dunedin, designed by Lucy Hague                                                                                                        Photography by Katie Blair  […]

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Thursday, February 25 2016

Frances Herself

Photograph Copyright David Fraser

Back in August last year I attended In the Loop, a conference in Glasgow.  Besides enjoying the conference itself, it was also lovely to catch up with some friends of mine from the knitting world, including Karie Westermann, a Danish born designer now living in Glasgow.We had, for a while, been  […]

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Sunday, January 24 2016

Introducing .... Burras


Burras is the new yarn to join the Ripples Crafts family.  But first, let me explain the name. Burras (pronounced boo-ras) is Gaelic for caterpillar.   And what do caterpillars turn into?  Beautiful, multi-coloured butterflies!  (yes, and moths, but we won't talk about those - just keep thinking  […]

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Wednesday, February 25 2015

I've started so I'll finish


One of the disadvantages of having a shed full of yarn is I am often tempted to stop half way through a project and start a new one.  This lack of commitment to a project can be for a number of reasons: sometimes I want to try a new yarn, sometimes I'm not enjoying the project (those ones often get  […]

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Friday, January 30 2015

This and That ....


It has been a busy couple of weeks, and I've much to tell you.  This post will be a mish mash of bits and bobs, this and that.Firstly, I had a little break last week when our friends, Neil and Gilly, came to visit.  Unfortunately the weather was not very kind to us, so we didn't get out on as many  […]

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Tuesday, December 16 2014

Sweetly modelled

Drumbeg, looking towards Handa Island in the north west

Earlier in the year I posted a small version of Ravi Junior off to my nephew and his wife, new parents to young Rosie.  It was only last year the Martin and Avery visited us in Clachtoll: [caption id="attachment_6508" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Drumbeg, looking  […]

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Friday, November 21 2014

Yarn Notes from Assynt


The details of the new yarn club for 2015 have been finalised, and I am very pleased to introduce Yarn Notes from Assynt.Each month a different site of interest in Assynt the area where I live and work, will be my focus. You will receive a hank of yarn – the colour or colours of which will be  […]

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Sunday, November 16 2014

Knitting time


My current project is a cardigan called Chance of Showers, by the designer Heidi Kirrmaier.   Some of you may see the similarities between this design and an earlier design of hers called Vitamin D.I am working in one of my favourite yarns - sport weight.  "Sport Weight" is not a term for  […]

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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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Friday, October 3 2014

A Mystery Knit Along


Anne-Lise Maigaard (aka LittleGreenDragon on Ravelry) is hosting a Mystery Knit Along (MKAL) this autumn, and I'm very pleased to tell you that she used Ripples Crafts yarn for her test knit.  In discussion with Anne-Lise I have devised two new shades especially for this MKAL.  Some of you have  […]

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Tuesday, June 3 2014

Building Works


A couple of weeks ago I was sorting through yarn that was hanging in my drying tent, and I noticed that one of the hanks had a lot of grass and moss mixed up in it.  We assumed it was because Stevan had been strimming the grass nearby and had thrown up grass which had got entangled.  However, this  […]

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Tuesday, May 20 2014

It was well received


My little parcel finally made it to Brisbane and to the recipient of the "Love" dress - my great-niece Felicity.Felicity's Mum is awfully apologetic that Felicity looks rather grumpy in the pictures and refused a smile, but I think she looks just gorgeous.  No, no, I'm no biased at all,  […]

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Sunday, April 20 2014

Knitting - some of which may be purple


I have been busy knitting for some newcomers to the family.   First, a little dress.  I came across the pattern for this dress in Darlington when I was visiting A Fine Yarn for the trunk show.  The pattern pamphlet is great value, and has a range of both patterns and sizes, ranging from newborn to 6  […]

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Saturday, March 22 2014

Scribblings ....

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It was my brother in law's birthday today - Russell is, ummmmm, older than me!  And my sister sent through some photo's taken of him on the day.  I think this one was the most flattering:HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUSSELL!I've been working on Ravi Junior (designed by Carol Feller) for another great niece  […]

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Friday, March 7 2014

Name That Hat!

Nameless Hat Five

[caption id="attachment_7384" align="aligncenter" width="827"] Photograph courtesy and copyright of Woolly Wormhead[/caption]Not very long along ago I was talking to Woolly Wormhead on Twitter, and we got chatting about yarn.  And (to cut a long story short) I sent her  […]

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Sunday, February 23 2014

February - a Finishing Month?


I seem to have finished quite a few WIP's (Works in Progress for the non-knitters reading this) this month.  First of all I (almost) finished Floriston.  The knitting part is complete, but those of you who know me will know what I'm like when it comes to picking up a sewing needle.  She has just a  […]

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Thursday, February 13 2014

Miniature world


This week a really special little parcel dropped into the post box.  And I really mean little!  I wasn't sure what it was, and my first view made me none the wiser:It came to me from Chris Smith, at A Fine Yarn in Darlington.  Chris stocks my laceweight yarns.  As I unwrapped the surprise package, I  […]

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Sunday, February 9 2014

Colour Work


It has been all about colour this week.   I have been putting together new colours on the Warm Hearted Aran base, some of which sold out very quickly!  The most popular colourway was Festive Lights, a colour which, up to now, I've only done on the Reliable Sock Yarn base, but which I decided to test  […]

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Monday, February 3 2014



The photo below showing a rather crumpled red cardigan indicates that Floriston is finished!  Well, the knitting is finished - she has still to be tidied up and blocked.  But essentially, the really hard part is done.And so over the weekend I had the luxury of casting on Strokkur.  I have decided on  […]

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Sunday, January 19 2014

The Sari Adventure


Earlier in the month I told you about some of the issues which arose while dyeing yarn for a beautiful pattern I'd seen called Sari, designed by Kieran Foley.  Well the knitting has begun!   In this pattern you're combining fair isle techniques along with lace knitting techniques, and I struck a  […]

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