A podcast for people who love knitting, Dorset Buttons, creativity & Scotland, especially the Highlands & Islands.
Welcome to the 3rd episode of my podcast – Island At The Edge, Part 1
Thank you for listening again or welcome if you are a first time listener.
Summer hopped off away as quickly as it arrived & the April showers turned up bringing snow with them.
I talk about the term ‘Lambing Snow’ & ask if any of you know of its origin.
We’ve had a crazy few days of contrasting weather – snow, hail & sunshine all within minutes of each other. These 2 photos are taken in the same spot in Armadale walking alongside the sea wall.
Looking towards Skye & the blue sky.
Stood in the same spot & turning 90 degrees to look towards Knoydart experiencing a heavy snow shower.
We haven’t seen any wildlife this month although we did go on board the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust to learn about the different species in the Hebridean waters, their distribution & how to recognise them.
I bring you up-to-date on my WIPs or were some of them really UFOs (unfinished objects)?
- Taliesen Jumper by Louisa Harding – Finished!
- Eigg Slippers from Rowan Magazine – Proving a bit more of a job than I’d originally thought.
That’s all the progress to date. Most importantly I’ve not cast on anything new!
I’ve signed up for “A Year in Techniques” by Arnall-Culliford Knitwear & this month it’s about intarsia with a shawl designed by Bristol Ivy. I’ve been content with vicariously knitting haps & shawls via Instagram!
Isla from Brit Yarn told me about her WIPs which I think offers good variety and maybe a way forward for me in the future.
Lots happening on this front!
I’ve done 2 local craft fairs. The first one at Plockton, a beautiful coastal village on North West mainland Scotland, and at Dornie by the iconic Eilean Donan castle. I talk about what I love about these first craft fairs of the year.
I’ll be back at Dornie on Friday 12 May for another craft fair where I will also be delivering 2 Dorset Button Workshops.
All set up & ready to go!
I had a lovely afternoon with these wonderful ladies spreading the love of Dorset Buttons.
I’ve been working on a few commissions including some Dorset Buttons for a hand knitted fair isle cushion. It’s great to be asked to be part of somebody’s personal handmade project. And I’m also working on some Dorset Buttons for a local Bed & Breakfast. These are for the duvet covers to add a finishing touch to match the themed bedrooms.
I’ve had a workshop booking that I’m really looking forward to & a new TJFrog stockist – more to be revealed next month!
The big reveal is I’ve been accepted for Yarndale!!! Eeeek! I’m very excited & incredibly happy to have been selected as there are a lot of great wool businesses in the UK at the moment.
I have a lot of wool festivals this year as well as local events. As well as the craft fair coming up on 12 May I will also be at the Highland Wool & Textile Show at the auction mart in Dingwall on Saturday 27 May.
May will also see me visiting Dorset to do some research for a book!
I’m very excited how my business is growing this year, so thank you to all of you for your support & encouragement.
I start by reviewing the Local Lowdown on Episode 1 & 2
- Suzanne got in touch via Twitter to tell me I’d enabled her to buy a bottle of Misty Isle Gin.
- The Concert in the Coire – a 3minute clip I found on YouTube.
The latest event to draw your attention to is the Plockton Real Ale & Gin Festival, 19, 20 & 21 May 2017.
For this episode I travelled to Edinbane, North of Portree to visit Yasmin & Trevor of the Hebridean Isles Trading Company. Having come through a devastating experience they are rebuilding their lives and business. Their drive, resilience & positivity shines through. They have an incredible story to tell so this is Part 1 and we will be back for more!
Island At The Edge can be found at:
The road sign, and the entrance to the croft.
The Hebridean & Black Cheviots
The best bit – getting to tickle the Hebridean lambs!
Dorset Button Brooch made with Yasmin’s wool.
Next month we will find out more about life at Island At The Edge.
Music – the music is One Frog For a Prince, by Ron Patton & licensed from Melody Loops.
Bye for now.