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Wednesday, March 15 2017

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017

What an absolutely wonderful weekend!  I cannot begin to explain how much fun it was at Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year.   I can hardly believe it is all over.  I spent most of winter dyeing yarn for the event, and despite taking nearly 1/4 more stock than I took with me last year I was still  […]

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Friday, March 25 2016

EYF - Over for another year (sadly!)


Wow! What a week it was last week.  Early on Thursday morning found us on the road to Edinburgh.  The trailer was absolutely stuffed, as was our little car.   The poor dogs were wondering where they were to squeeze in, I suspect, but we all fitted in and had a trouble free run down to  […]

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Sunday, March 22 2015

The "Ripples" in Ripples Crafts


Sometimes I idly wonder if I chose the right name for my business - Ripples Crafts.  I mean, it doesn't really say "hand dyed yarn" does it?  But then someone said something to me at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival which bought back exactly why I'd chosen the name, and I searched back through  […]

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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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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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Tuesday, September 2 2014


Copyright Jeni Reid

Last week was certainly a busy week for visitors.  The dyeshed is not generally open to the public, and I don't have signposts indicating where I am, but somehow folk find me!  The first visitor last week was as a result of a Twitter conversation.  Alice bounced through the gates like a breath of  […]

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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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Friday, April 11 2014

The first quarter of The Post Office Run


3 months have passed and 3 parcels of The Post Office Run Club Yarn has been sent to knitterly homes around the world.  So I thought I'd do a round up of the scenes and photographs which inspired the monthly colourways, as I did when I devised The Orkney Collection which is still available.February  […]

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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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Tuesday, December 31 2013



As 2013 draws to a close I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all my lovely customers for their wonderful support during the year.  It has been a busy, and at times positively hectic, year.Looking back before I look forward to 2014 I must say that there have been some real personal highlights.  […]

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Sunday, July 14 2013

Just add yarn (and the kindness of friends)


Earlier on this week I was in the post office posting parcels off to Canada, the USA, Sweden, as well as more locally, when our postie, David, handed me some post.  In amongst the bills and bank statements was a padded envelope.  I wasn't expecting anything, and so as soon as I was back in Mungo I  […]

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Saturday, July 6 2013

Some weeks are more tricky than others!


It hasn't been the easiest of weeks.As I alluded to in my last post, Stevan hurt his thumb a couple of weeks ago.  He was attempting to fix and start our back up petrol generator which we use when the wind and sun fail us and the batteries are low on power.  The starter cable for the generator  […]

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Monday, March 18 2013

Edinburgh Yarn Festival - I can't believe it is all over for 2013

What a crazy,day we had on Saturday!  After a gentle drive down from the Highlands, we arrived in Edinburgh on Friday night, and spent a lovely, quiet, calm evening with our friends I&J.  Saturday morning started at 6.00am when, after 3 cups of coffee to set me up for the day, we headed off to  […]

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Sunday, October 21 2012

Home again .... briefly!

 Glasgow School of Yarn is over for another year.  Once again it was a lovely, friendly and fun event.  I'm sorry - I was extremely lax in taking photographs ... mind you I had a good excuse - it was pretty busy!  So the above photograph was taken before the event opened to the public.  But it was  […]

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Sunday, October 7 2012

An Autumnal Week

We had a lovely week with our friends, Neil and Gilly.  Although walking was a little curtailed for Gilly, we took advantage of a wonderful facility in Assynt, the All Abilities Path, which was ideal for Gilly who wanted to do some walking but not on rough ground.  The All Abilities network of paths  […]

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Wednesday, October 3 2012

Good Friends

It has been a bit quiet on the blog in recent days as we've been busy with our good friends, Neil and Gilly, who are on a grand tour of Scotland - you can follow their adventures on Gilly's blog.There is obviously something about forthcoming visits to us that causes folk to break bones!  A couple of  […]

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Sunday, August 12 2012

Visiting Friends, Old and New

It has been a busy couple of days, with visitors, Assynt Games Day and the opportunity to revisit old haunts.Friday was Assynt Games Day.  I've not been able to go for a few years as I've either been working in the Tourist Office or I've been away at shows.  So it was delightful to be here this year  […]

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Saturday, July 14 2012

Two Things .....

Firstly, I've updated the shop this evening with some Silk/Merino 4ply yarn.  This is one of the yarn sthat was used to make Terpsichore Street, designed by Rosemary Hill.  My personal favourite in the batch I've put up is this one:I should remind you that anything marked as Assynt Jewels cannot be  […]

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Monday, June 25 2012

The Giraffe with no name

One of the delights of doing shows like Woolfest is that I get to meet customers old and new, and many have become more than just customers over the years!   And sometimes I receive gifts."Sheena" (to protect identities I've possibly used a false name) recently made Tempest using two  […]

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Sunday, June 17 2012

Some finished items

I'm afraid to say that none of the following finished items are ones that I have finished!  But I am always thrilled to see finished items using my hand dyed yarn - after 4 years it still gives me a real buzz to see folk making such beautiful things using yarn which I have dyed in my little  […]

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