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Sunday, December 31 2017

That Moment of Stillness

I heard someone on the radio today describe the period between Christmas and New year as that "little moment of stillness".  And so it is.  The mad rush of Christmas is over (did you really need all that food/last minute shopping/that extra packet of biscuits/the partridge?!) and the  […]

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Sunday, December 6 2015

The "Notes" in Yarn Notes from Assynt


After my previous post about the yarn club for next year - Yarn Notes from Assynt 2016 - I thought I would give you a flavour of the kind of notes that you would receive with your package each month.  It was hard to select one month to show you,  but after looking through Stevan's notes for the year  […]

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Sunday, November 29 2015

Yarn Notes from Assynt Yarn Club - 2016

A club yarn parcel from earlier in the year

[caption id="attachment_8520" align="aligncenter" width="643"] A club yarn parcel from earlier in the year[/caption]This weekend finds me packaging up the parcels for the final instalment of the Yarn Notes from Assynt 2015 yarn club.  Over the early part of next week  […]

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Tuesday, July 7 2015

A Bit of Shop News


I am very pleased to tell you that I am planning another Trunk Show.  It is a while since I did one, but when Leona of Fluph said she'd be willing to host me I said "YES PLEASE!".  So on Saturday, 8th August, you will find me here:Fluph is in Dundee, which is another reason I'm looking  […]

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Sunday, June 14 2015

Sunday Walks


What a week!  It is hard to believe that XpoNorth and Cr&FT2015 has come and gone.  The week went by in a bit of a whirlwind, and I arrived home late on Friday afternoon exhausted, but buoyed up by the experience of XpoNorth 2015.Wednesday evening found me, along with 10 other designers from the  […]

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Sunday, March 29 2015

Sunday Walks


As the problem Lexie had with her paws has been improving, so we've been getting a little more adventurous in our hill walks again.  It is such a delight to see her leaping over heather and bracken again.  This time last year she couldn't put her paw on the ground without it spontaneously bleeding.  […]

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Tuesday, February 17 2015

Work, work, work ....


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  […]

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Sunday, January 18 2015

January's Yarn Notes from Assynt


I think the parcels containing the January edition of Yarn Notes from Assynt have arrived at all the corners of the world where there are members.  If you've not had yours yet, then read no further, unless you don't mind having the surprise spoilt.For January, Stevan and I chose one of our favourite  […]

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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, June 15 2014

Yarn Club Influences


Because of Woolfest at the end of June, I am dyeing the club yarns a wee bit earlier this month so that they are ready to post on my return from Woolfest.  If you were wanting to join either of the clubs currently running (i.e. the Post Office Run Yarn Club and the Assynt Storms Yarn Club), then  […]

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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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Saturday, February 15 2014

Post Office Run - Colour


I've been thinking about the colours for the Post Office Run club yarn due to go out at the end of this month.  Here are a few of the photographs which have been giving me some inspiration for colours.Signs that spring isn't far away - new growth:The gorse is beginning to  bloom:I'm lucky to pass by  […]

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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, January 13 2014

So where does the inspiration come from?


The first packages for the Post Office Run Yarn Club will be posted in early February.  Here are just a few of the pictures which may (or may not) form part of the inspiration for colours next month.  Initially I thought everything was looking a little dull and boring and I thought I'd struggle for  […]

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Monday, January 6 2014

The Post Office Run

Lochinver Post Office

[caption id="attachment_7222" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Lochinver Post Office[/caption]It is nearly 7 miles to our post office.  I do the round trip of 14 miles 3 or 4 times a week, sometimes even more often.  Anne, our post mistress, is an utter gem.  She  […]

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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, July 25 2013

Assynt Storms Yarn Club


It feels a little odd writing this blog post during one of the sunniest and hottest weeks of the year so far.  However, I have opened up a new yarn club in the shop.The Ripples Crafts Assynt Storms Yarn Club will run for 3 months, beginning in August.  The Assynt Storms range of colours has been so  […]

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Thursday, January 17 2013

Waving a sad farewell

One of my yarn bases, the Bluefaced Leicester / Nylon 4ply blend, is going to disappear off into the not too distant sunset.  When I bought this yarn base in it was made clear that it was a one off opportunity to buy this particular base.  Other BFL/Nylon bases are, of course, available, and in time  […]

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Wednesday, November 21 2012

Back home and back to work

My flight home from Perth was remarkably uneventful, and on both of the long legs I had a spare seat next to me, so there was a bit of space to spread out which was great.  It is amazing how much just that extra bit of space on a flight can make.It has taken a couple of days to stop feeling  […]

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