A podcast for people who love knitting, Dorset Buttons, creativity & Scotland, especially the Highlands & Islands.
Welcome to the 20th episode of my podcast – Pre Edinburgh Yarn Festival.
Thank you for listening again or welcome if you are a first time listener.
My first episode of 2019 – a little later than planned! Listen in & I’ll explain why.
Edinburgh Yarn Festival is a few days away so this is a brief hello to give you some info about where to find me if you are coming to the festival, to tell you a little bit about what’s new in my products, and I have a lovely interview for you with Kirsty of Shilasdair who is exhibiting for the first time at the Make:Wool fringe event on Sunday 24 March.
Aileen of Aileen Clark Crafts is another exhibitor at Make:Wool who I’d planned to interview this year. Sadly we’ve had to cancel and will now do it later in the year. Aileen and I met at the pop up market at Edinburgh Yarn Festival in 2015 and have kept in touch. I love her work, felted fibre art and textile jewellery. This is one of her trinket boxes I purchased a couple of years ago. Take a look here to see more of her beautiful colourful products.
Rachel and Stephen of Croft 29 here on Skye will also be at the Make:Wool event so great to see a couple of different Skye businesses there.
We are days away now from Edinburgh Yarn Festival. You will find me in the Baron’s Cafe, I am stand W9 next to the Wool Research Station.
At the Wool Research Station you will find Zoe the founder of The Woolist. Zoe showcases research into British sheep and wool so it will be interesting to see what she has on the Dorset breeds.
The rest of the exhibitors in this area with me are Uist Wool, Rauwerk from Germany, Ardanlanish Isle of Mull Weavers and Garthenor, Iona Wool, Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop and Uradale Yarns from Shetland. All of these exhibitors have 100% wool who can tell you the story behind it, the links and connections to the farmers they work with. This is a great section and addition to the festival.
Please come along & say hello although you may need to give me a reminder where we met & what your name is!
On Thursday afternoon Fay of Knit It Hook It Craft It, The Crochet Circle Podcast and Fay Daspher-Hughes designs will be on my stand helping me out while Geraint pops away to another event. I’m very excited to have Fay on my stand. I love what she is doing with her business and I’ve certainly been learning a lot from her both about crochet and also the ethos of her business being able to trace the provenance of materials she is using and minimising waste.
Fay designed the crochet Criss-Cross shawl in my first batch of Shorelines & Strata Limestone 4ply and has gone on to design a number of crochet and knit patterns. Please come and say hello to her too!
I have a few new bits on the stand. There is new Poll Dorset single breed some of which has been hand dyed by Helen of Ripples Crafts as well as Dorset Down DK. I have limited Dorset Down Shearling spun by the Border Mill which I hope to have more of at some point in the future. There are new earrings and new stitch markers as well as new bags and an exciting new design using my fabric and tweed from Skye Weavers. Sneak peek below!
The interview is with Kirsty of Shilasdair who I last interviewed on Episode 9. Listen in to hear about the progress on their Shilasdair journey and future plans which may be of interest to you if visiting Skye.
See you at Edinburgh or I’ll be back with you at the end of the month for the Post Edinburgh Yarn Festival episode.
Til next time . . .
Music – the music is:
One Frog For a Prince, by Ron Patton & licensed from Melody Loops.
Bye for now.