Denise: Really interesting programme on BBC Alba last night, all about the gansey traditional to the Isle of Eriskay – Eilean Eirisgeidh. Filmed recently – largely in Eriskay, it features many people from the Eriskay and South Uist. It’s a social documentary, local history, and cultural documentary all rolled into one. In Uist Gaelic, with English subtitles. 1hr. Watch on BBC iPlayer until 20 October. Highly recommended!
Denise: Ladies Bedstraw is plentiful this year, especially so along the road that passes between the garden and the shore, and very easy to find, pick and gather up sufficient of the flowering tips for a dyeing session. The colour achieved (left two skeins) is the same delightful lemon-sherbert of the flowers. Fennel is always plentiful, as it is the abundant fine foliage that is used rather than the flowers. I dyed two lots from the same dye-pot: the first took the full strength of the colour – which is a warm yellow (third skein from left); the second lot had to make do with what colour was left in the pot, but to be honest I prefer the ‘residual’ (right-most skein)