Denise: Over the weekend we opened up the Hebridean Woolshed and got the garden (and ourselves!) ready for the 2016 visitor seasonal sales: and already we’ve had our first sale of the season. A family staying in Barra, and over in Uist for the day, called in for a dozen eggs – but ended up buying two hats from the Hebridean Woolshed as well. Or rather would have bought two hats, but the PayPal card reader announced that it couldn’t possibly do anything until it had a software update. Well that didn’t go smoothly, so the lady could only go away with one hat (bless her, for her husband, leaving behind the hat she’d chosen for herself!) and the eggs, as that’s all she had in cash. ϖ
Jonathan: It’s now March, and at last, as the days lengthen and brighten, we’re feeling the joys of spring. There may not yet be even the earliest bulbs and spring flowers to brighten the garden, but in the Hebridean Woolshed’s garden shop, there’s an abundance of colour from plants, colour that we extracted from plants and fixed to wools during the winter. This is a pile of 25g skeins of plant-dyed Cheviot wool I’m supposed to be taking up to the shop for Denise to put on display – but she’ll have to wait a few minutes whilst I take a photo or two.
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.]