Jonathan: It’s all scarves this week! Woven and knitted, but always with handspun wools so enough to keep Denise busy at the spinning wheel a good bit of each day. A couple of days ago she finished weaving two scarves in handspun Shetland wool. Rather fancy the moorit one myself, but alas I already have more scarves than I can possibly wear out in a lifetime! Yesterday she finished a hand-knitted scarf in hand-spun merino wool, which is to be honest a bit too lacy for me to carry off! [By the way, gu leor is Gaelic for plenty – enough ; it’s anglicized as galore.]
Denise: We’ve been making Beany hats like these for many years, now. The knitting pattern is deceptively simple, the hat being shaped to cover the head closely and well. The yarn – a blend of silk, kid mohair and lambswool – is perfect for a garment that will likely come in contact with the face. But it’s the hand-crafted colouring to the yarn that results in each hat being unique, and immediately recognisable to the proud owner. And we have many of those, some getting in touch years later to order a replacement. The last of our stock of these Beany hats was sold back in October – as Autumn finally started to shift from golden to blustry, Denise is now making new stock for 2016 in the Hebridean Woolshed: they’re already piling up. Beany Bliss!