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.

The Weather 

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.

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.

Fay of Knit It – Hook It – Craft It and host of The Crochet Circle Podcast has designed a shawl using 2 skeins of Shorelines & Strata 4ply.  Details of the pattern will follow from Fay in due course.

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.

Local Lowdown

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!

I recently tried a new gin – Pink Pepper Gin.  Check out this great review.

Skye Showcase

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.


The Shed!

Tania & Yasmin

Island At The Edge can be found at:

Website:  www.island-at-the-edge.co.uk

Facebook:   @IslandattheEdge

Instagram:   island_at_the_edge

Twitter:          @IslandAtTheEdge


Music – the music is One Frog For a Prince, by Ron Patton & licensed from Melody Loops.

Bye for now.

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Instagram:   TJFrogSkye

Twitter:    TJFrogMakes

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8 Responses

  1. HI, I think I’m listening in reverse order 🙂 Really enjoyed the podcast, ( going to listen to the previous episode now) I met Yasmin earlier this year although I had visited the shop previously. Keep them coming as I miss Skye (frequent visitor for many years) and now won’t be back until a flying visit in September. I have a bag of Dorset Down fleece somewhere amongst the fleece mountain, I really must dig it out and have a spin.

    1. Reverse order is ok! How lovely that you’ve met Yasmin & visited Skye so much. Hope I can keep giving you some Skye snippets and I hope you get out your Dorset Down Fleece to spin! Thanks for your lovely comments.

  2. I’ve just finished listening to your first four episodes. I love the mixture of subjects you include and you are a fantastic, sympathetic interviewer, really bringing out the best in your interviewees. Yasmin was amazing. I’ve never visited Skye but each episode gives such a vivid picture. Looking forward to the next episode already… Have a great knitting break.

    1. Thank you Jane for such great feedback! It’s great to hear you enjoyed the first 4 episodes so much.

  3. Hi Tania. THankyou so much for your great podcast. I’ve been following you since episode 2 and was particularly interested as we were coming up to Skye on holiday. And now we are here! And we went to visit Yasmin yesterday. What an amazing lady! So thanks again and I’ll look forward to meeting you sometime, maybe at Yarndale! Thanks again

    1. Hi Janet, great to hear you are enjoying the podcast & are here on Skye! It’s funny how things often work out & I’m glad you got a chance to visit Yasmin, she certainly is an amazing lady. Enjoy the rest of your stay & do come & say hello at Yarndale – it’s always lovely to put a face to a name & to meet people for real!

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