Sustainable Packaging for Black Isle Yarns

Black Isle Yarns leaflet

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

acai, wildflowers and chamomile hats sm

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

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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

black isle yarns cowl in gotland yarn

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!

meet the shepherdess

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

Icelandic ewe and lambs

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 […]

Autumn 2017 Batch III Yarns

Cotswold Wensleydale Blend

John and Juliet from The Border Mill, who once again spun the yarn, very kindly took a wee detour on their holiday to personally deliver the boxes containing this latest batch. The yarns in this batch (Batch III) come from two local crofts, both of which I have talked about before and you can read […]

Comfort Shawl

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The beautiful, cosy and stylish Comfort Shawl was designed by Sarah Hazell. Sarah is a very talented (and lovely too) designer with a vast amount of experience. So when she suggested working with my yarn I was bowled over and followed up her offer pretty quickly! After swatching with Batch Number 2’s Shetland, Shetland~Cheviot Blend […]

Eathie Shawl

Eathie Shawl - simple lace knitting

The striking Eathie Shawl was designed by my friend Emily Williams. Designed especially for the limited supplies of yarn from Horse, Frankenstein and Monkey Face the pattern only needs 60g of each beautiful natural shade (Double Cream, Rugged Grey and Hazy Charcoal) – but because of the lace design it makes a generously sized shawl […]

Introducing the farms and sheep behind Spring 2017, Batch 2

Meadows Flock

Hello and Happy Spring (although it’s rather cold here in the Highlands!) Last post I introduced the yarns in my new batch, Spring 2017, and promised I’d be back to share information and photos of the farms and sheep that grew the wool.  It has taken a while to get round all three farms – […]