Here’s a handful of skeins I finished recently. The red and yellow strands are made with fine merino ; the black is natural Shetland ; but it’s the grey that’s interesting. Each of the two strands is variegated, with two shades of naturally brown-grey Blue-Faced Leicester, along with Soya fibre.
The Hebridean Woolshed : new designs of yarn by Jonathan
Soya fibre is fine and whispy, lustrous and velvet-smooth, and creamy in colour. Not unlike silk!
We subscribe to the online newspaper Diario de Navarra, with the object of helping the development of our Spanish language – even when we’re here in Uist. That said, the various translation tools we resort to can leave us even more confused. Or in this case, polyconfused.
There’s plenty to get on with indoors. We’re busy enough that we can leave the weather to do its thing without worrying much about the mischief it is making. There’s already a good number of tasks on our lists that have been struck through – which is so satisfying! ; and one of those tasks was to complete the artwork for our new style guides, and use those to design and print posters at various formats and sizes
Storm Dennis is currently sweeping across all of the UK. In Shetland, at the fringe of the low pressure area, the storm barely registers over and above the normal state of windiness (much windier than here in the Outer Hebrides). It’s ‘down south’ (that is, from a Scottish perspective, in England and Wales) that’s getting a hammering.
J > We help to conserve traditional building forms and details by how we design and specify our own new buildings – not merely the renovation of old. The roof of the new shed on the croft, down by the shore, is being covered with the galvanized corrugated steel sheets that are a traditional feature of older (mainly agricultural) buildings in the Highlands and (especially) the Islands of Scotland.
The forecast for today was for cold but fine dry weather, so yesterday evening we prepared the motorhome for a rare long day out exploring. With a full day available, it’s worth travelling further, and short of taking a ferry, that means going as far as the islands connected by causeways) of North Uist, Baile Sear, and Berneray. We spent the morning walking with Tilly in community-managed woodlands in North Uist, and after cosy lunch in the motorhome with the heating on, we drove round the island ‘ring road’ to Greinetobht, where we parked up at the head of the beach and pulled on our boots and gear for a long walk around the Udal peninsula. Unfortunately, the clear skies and sunshine were completely obscured by dense sea mist and spray : we definitely needed our waterproofs on! The walk was cold, wet and windy, but it’s an exhilarating walk, and so we enjoyed ourselves all the same!
Jonathan > Back in September of last year – before I went away to Navarra for a couple of months, I completed the task of converting the old byre – in the field that runs from the public road (and Carrick) down to the shore – from hen house to housing for the sheep during prolonged stormy weather (especially if they have very young lambs). Nearly all of the materials (timber, screws) from the old nesting boxes, perch rails and feed troughs were recycled into a manger and a different arrangement of feed troughs. Some of what remained was worth putting into storage, with only a small quantity to be put on a bonfire along with damaged and rotting pallets.