Shetland DK Processing Photos and Steps

Kate, the Production Manager from The Border Mill, very kindly took some photos of this year’s Grey Heather Shetland DK being spun.  I thought you might like to see some of the many skilled steps that go into processing such beautiful yarn. Clockwise from top left, the photos show:  1. three different component colours ready […]

Erradale – a shawl design in Coulmore 4 ply

I’m really pleased to be able to share the latest Black Isle Yarns design.  The Erradale Shawl is a beautiful design by my friend Emily Williams – which is rather appropriate since she found the flock who grew the wool for the lovely Coulmore yarn (see this post for more information)! To quote from the […]

Coulmore – Organic First Clip Cheviot

I first heard of Coulmore about a year ago when I had an excited phone call from my friend Emily – she was just back from a bike ride, with a group of cycling friends from her son’s school.  While cycling along the shore near North Kessock they’d had to stop for a flock of […]

Sustainable Packaging for Black Isle Yarns

I put a lot of thought into the packaging I use for Black Isle Yarns.  It is important to me that I use sustainable packaging while also protecting precious yarn when it heads off to a new home. Late last autumn, just a few days before Loch Ness Knit Fest, I decided (as one does) […]

Pattern Ideas for February Shop Update

I thought it might be fun to highlight some of the patterns which I love and which will work well with the yarns going into tonight’s update (7pm GMt Friday 9th February). The Callachy Hat and Mitts that Emily Williams designed for Black Isle Yarns were intended for Shetland DK *, and the patterns and […]

Callachy Hat and Mitts

I have just realised that I didn’t share these two fabulous patterns by my friend Emily (flutterbyknits).  Emily designed the Callachy Hat and Mitts in my Shetland DK, to make the most of just one or two skeins of this lovely yarn (they use less than 100g each).  While they do work especially well in […]

Shivelight Cowl

I’m really delighted to introduce you to ‘Shivelight’ a beautiful cowl designed by the talented and very kind Claire (Claieinstitches) .   I was completely bowled over when Claire sent me the finished knit – I couldn’t imagine a more perfect cowl. Claire was inspired by the woods on the Black Isle and the design […]

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018 – Meet the Shepherd/ess!

I am so excited to be part of Meet the Shepherd/ess – Edinburgh Yarn Festival’s new Sunday event.  I’m delighted to be part of a small line up of ‘farm to skein’ yarn producers.  You can read all about the other exhibitors here, there’s a lovely bunch – some who I know and some who […]

Introducing two new farms for Batch IV

I am delighted to have worked with two new flocks, in addition to ones used previously, for Batch IV.  They have very different characteristics, terrain and sheep. The first new farm is South Muirnich where Glenda and Ian are bringing an old croft back to life.  It is a wonderful wild spot to the south […]