Hannah Longmuir Papergoods

I was introduced to Hannah Longmuir’s beautiful designs at Perth Festival of Yarn when lovely Kuku of Kukufrakak showed me a card she’d bought in Edinburgh…….. it was the foxglove illustration shown here (one of my favourite plants and hers too – kukufrakak is basque for foxglove). I remember being so eager to find out […]

Pattern Suggestions for Heather Fade Sets in BFL Suri Alpaca

I had a custom order before Christmas for a yarn set to knit the Indigo Sea Shawl by Carrie Bostick Hoge – it is a lovely shawl which uses 50g each of three shades of 4ply.  I dyed the set in heathery shades on Bluefaced Leicester Suri Alpaca 4 ply, over the Natural Silver shade […]

Project Peace 2018

Once again I am delighted to be joining in with Project Peace, Christina Campbell’s (aka The Healthy Knitter) annual worldwide Knit Along to promote peaceful mindful knitting during the hectic holiday season.  Christina already has almost 1000 people joining in so far this year – from all around the world…..ready to knit the beautiful Project […]

Natural dyeing

I realise that I haven’t talked all that much about natural dyeing – I think that, as it is something I do on a regular basis (rather than new patterns and yarns which are more of an ‘event’), I don’t tend to share what I have been up to.  I thought I’d share part of […]

Munlochy Socks

I’m so very pleased to share with you the Munlochy Socks, designed for Killen Sock (you can read more about Killen Sock, my all-natural sock yarn, here) by the very talented Clare Devine. When I first started planning Killen Sock , over 18 months ago now, I knew that I’d ideally like a pattern designed […]

Killen Sock – an all natural sock yarn

I’m incredibly pleased to be able to tell you about Killen my brand new all-natural sock yarn.  Killen is designed as a strong but soft yarn suitable for knitting socks, with Mohair used alongside Bluefaced Leicester for strength.  This yarn is a soft, strong 4 ply (fingering weight) which takes dye beautifully. Killen Sock: Bluefaced […]

Resolis Mittens

My lovely local friend Emily has designed the prettiest pair of cosy winter mittens in Black Isle Yarns Shetland DK.  The Resolis Mittens use three mini skeins, one each of Natural Cream, Natural Grey Heather and Naturally Dyed Culloden. Resolis Mittens are just what you need for a winter walk by the beach. Using just […]

Rhidorroch Hat

The Rhidorroch Hat is a beautiful new pattern designed in my Coulmore yarn (Organic First Clip Cheviot) by Emily K Williams.  The hat is named after Rhidorroch which is the west coast farm that partners Coulmore, here on the Black Isle.  Rhidorroch is where their flock of North Country Cheviots spend the summer before coming […]

Shetland DK and Sport Weight – 2018

Last year’s Shetland DK was so well received that I was very keen to repeat it with last summer’s (2017) clip.  It arrived, hot from The Border Mill, just in time for Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March this year.  This time round it has been spun at a Sport Weight (275m/100g) as well as DK […]