A podcast for people who love knitting, Dorset Buttons, creativity & Scotland, especially the Highlands & Islands.
Welcome to the 14th episode of my podcast – Spring has Sprung
Thank you for listening again or welcome if you are a first time listener.
I chat about the amazing weather we’ve been having. There have been a few dank days although mostly blue skies & sunshine, a chill in the air & a little bit of light dust of snow on the mainland mountains. We’ve been fortunate on our corner of Skye with some beautiful calm still tranquil days. And we’ve made the most of getting out walking.
I touch on the weather reporting again – I’m getting more cynical & sarcastic. As the UK – well to be more precise – London & Kent basked in the hottest temperatures recorded for many years, Skye was having 70+mph winds – no reference to this on the news!
After the amazing colour from the daffodils the gorse is slowly coming out albeit in stages not as one mass.
I talk about my dislike of knitting bobbles although I love the texture effect they create.
I talk about my WIPs which include my Blanche top, Eigg Slippers & Bousta Beanie Hat.
I’ve made 2 cowls this year from Koigu hand dyed merino. The cast off was a bit of trial & error. On the left is a knit cast off & on the right a rib cast off. I much prefer the rib & think this suits the knitting better. Unless the pattern states I usually default to a thumb cast on – the way I first learnt & I normally use a knit cast off. I’m interested to know what do you default to or do you always follow the pattern or work out what you feel is best for the piece of knitting?
I’m off to Tiree next week for the 10K & I chat a little bit about this island & the event. Follow my Instagram feed for stories about this while I’m away.
I chat about events I’ve been to so far since Edinburgh Yarn Festival which include a craft fair at Plockton & Dornie & Di Gilpin’s Open Day at her new studio in Fife.
Looking ahead I go through the forthcoming wool festivals I’ll be at & the Dorset Button workshops I”ll be doing. These include:
- Aberdeen Yarn Festival – Sunday 13 May 2018
- I’ll be running a Dorset Button workshop from 0930 – 1200
- The Marketplace is open from 1000 – 5pm
- Woolfest – Fri 22 & Sat 23 June 2018
- I’ll be running demonstrations again on both days
- Loch Ness Knit Fest – October 2018
- Dorset Button workshops morning & afternoon Fri 19 Oct 2018
- Market place Sat 20 & Sun 21 Oct 2018.
I did not apply for Perth Festival of Yarn or Yarndale this year with other commitments over the summer limiting what time I would have to prepare for these shows had I been accepted for them.
I am also running some private workshops for tour groups so please get in touch if you are visiting & would like to talk about setting up something.
On 25 August 2018 I will be back at Fancy Tiger Crafts with 2 workshops. In the morning we will cover the cross wheel & the basic techniques & in the afternoon there will be a Beaded Dorset Button Brooch workshop for people who already know the basic techniques.
I talk about a new eatery here on Sleat on the South of Skye, Gasta at Armadale Castle.
This interview is with Jenny who is a weaver based on the Minghinish peninsular on Skye.
Throughout the summer season Jenny can be found on a Wednesday at the “Made in Minghinish” artisan market selling her work.
Jenny is also organising a forthcoming exhibition & event called Lamb to Loom which we hear about during the interview & more details can be found on this information leaflet. LambtoLoomFlyer2018
If you are in the area do call in to see the exhibition or the weekly market.
That’s it for now have a great month of May!
Music – the music is:
One Frog For a Prince, by Ron Patton & licensed from Melody Loops.
Bye for now.