Thursday, 24 September 2015


A Baa-ble hat designed for this years Shetland Wool Week by Donna Smith, knitted in my handspun yarn, in a mix of natural Shetland colours, as well as natural and chemical dyed yarns.

Decide for yourself what the scene in the hat is – I see - sheep on the foreshore on a winter night with the Merrie Dancers in the sky above!

You dont have to be in Shetland to win, send an email, or a PM on facebook, with your name and address and I will add to the draw.

            The winner will be drawn at Makers market on Saturday 3rd October.

Monday, 21 September 2015

North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference, Faeroe

This week is the final preparation time for Wool Week - 9 days of workshops, both hard work and fun, meeting old friends and making new ones. 

However last week I set off for Faeroe to the Wool Conference. It was a wonderfully different week, lots of very interesting talks, discovering more about the Short Tail sheep in neighbouring countries.  

My talk was about my journey in textiles, from knitting as a child, to my business today working with handspun yarns and handknit garments, and including my interest and research into the ancient textiles and the warp-weighted Loom.

Next year the conference is in Lofoten, would love to go but not sure if I can fit it in.

But this was Faeroe and I did find the Faeroese Scotrok...


  ... and some nice coloured Faeroese ewes ...

... loved that dark grey face in the centre of this group.

                                                                ... and a stunning ram ...

Then the scenery and the views - WOW .......

So now I am back home and back to work ..... just a few days before myself and Niela ( set up at the Hoswick Visitor Centre ready for Wool Week classes.