A podcast for people who love knitting, Dorset Buttons, creativity & Scotland, especially the Highlands & Islands.
Welcome to the 4th episode of my podcast – Island At The Edge, Part 2
Thank you for listening again or welcome if you are a first time listener.
Skye continues to have great weather with the odd day of rain and the higher temperatures have brought in the sea fret or haar.
I talk about my latest cast-on & how I justified it!
It’s the Fuss Free Festival Shawl by Louise Tilbrook. An ultimate garter stitch project that can be knitted in a variety of yarn types, weights & colour variations. I’ve realised just how much I love having a garter stitch project on the go.
I’m off on a trip with knitting friends this month so will take one of my WIPs to finish off as well as starting a new project from my Shetland Wool Week stash.
My latest craft addiction is my Zoom Loom from Weft Blown This is a piece I created for the Torridon Summer Exhibition. The squares have been crocheted together and finished off with Dorset Button detail.
Watch out for more designs using this and Dorset Buttons.
I’ve been away to Dorset to do some research for my book.
This included a visit to Rampisham Hill Farm who supplied the Poll Dorset fleece for my Shorelines & Strata limestone wool. I got to meet the Poll Dorset and Dorset Down sheep as well as the pigs and learnt a bit more about fleece.
I include a couple of short clips chatting to Ruth about their sheep.
Photo reproduced with the kind permission of Fay Daspher-Hughes.
The Handmade Studios at Rowlands Castle, Hampshire now stock a small selection of my Dorset Button Stitch Markers. Each month Linda showcases the work of two independent hand-dyers so worth a visit if you are in the area. And there’s a tea shop next door!
My latest show was the Highland Wool & Textiles Show in the auction mart at Dingwall where it was very hot & humid. Thank you to all of you who turned out and came and said hello.
My next show is Woolfest 23 & 24 June at Cockermouth, Cumbria – my first visit. You’ll find me at stand H164 and doing demonstrations daily at 12pm and 3pm in stand H163.
Last year on a business trip to the States I visited the amazing Fancy Tiger Crafts, in Denver. On Sunday 16 July from 1 – 4pm I will be delivering a Dorset Button workshop there. Next week I’ll write a blog post about my visit there last year.
I got a mention in the May edition of the The Knitter magazine. See pages 32 & 33 for an article on knitting podcasts.
The Spirit of Skye Festival is being held on 16 & 17 June to celebrate food, drink, arts, heritage and culture. There are lots of different activities & masterclasses, and yes I do get another GIN reference in!
For this episode I travel back to Island At The Edge to visit Yasmin.
This time we hear about the donkeys, Yasmin’s connection with Japan and her trip there last year, singing, gansey knitting courses and all the wooly goodies to be found in the Shed.
Here is Molly surveying the croft and we hear about plans for her & Muffin.
Tania & Yasmin
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Music – the music is One Frog For a Prince, by Ron Patton & licensed from Melody Loops.
Bye for now.