Lined up for the camera on the occasion of their Christmas Social Gathering, these Remote Controls hae been making the most of the rare opportunity to communicate in their native language of Infra-Red. The Toshiba looks a bit lonely there at the top : he says it’s because in the Japanese island he comes from, they speak a dialect of infra-red that the others look down on : but the truth is simply that the others are sick and tired of him going on about how he works for Smart TV ! Anyway, an evening off duty like this is a chance for them all to recharge their batteries, rejoicinng in the fact they share a common voltage. ;~)
Jonathan and Denise >
A couple of months ago, when summer still lingered on by day, whilst Autumn advanced at night by degrees of cold and wet, we found ourselves in one of our oft-recurring conversations concerning the ever-changing colours of land and loch, sea and sky. We were on a long drive down north*, and as the main road through Uist follows a line between the homely crofting townships on the Atlantic side, and the majestic sweep of hill and glen on the other, without being inconvenienced by either (or, indeed, much in the way of road traffic) there’s always time and distance enough to observe, to reflect, and to talk.
* Here in the Outer Hebrides, South is Up and North is Down!
As so often happens on our long drives, the conversation was sporadic, each of us taking in something from the passing scene, digesting and analysing it, then offering up some observation or a proposal. On this journey, the to-and-fro of conversation concerned the colours – somehow both dreary and glorious – emanating from the higher slopes of the eastern hills, where eagles have their eeries and the red deer graze in peace. There’s the almost-indigo of field scabious ; There’s the pinks and purples of heather, both the bell and the ling ; the jade green of moss, in patches on the near-starved soils of the high and north-facing slopes ; the burnt orange of the carnivorous sundew, and the tall grasses and reeds, yellow gold in the low autumnal light. A haze of colour, bleeding from the mountainsides, smudged in the drifting mist and attenuated by the distance. And were we to put a name to this still-damp canvas … ?
Welcome to our new, limited-edition Uist Landscapes hand-spun merino wool yarn : Mountain Haze
‘Mountain Haze’ handspun DK Merino wool
‘Mountain Haze’ Handspun Merino scarf
‘Mountain Haze’ – Rolags ready for spinning
To purchase, visit the Hebridean Woolshed. You can buy skeins of Mountain Haze yarn for your own projects, or if you want the Shetland Lace Scarf shown in progress here, you can buy it as a kit with yarn and pattern, or complete – hand-knitted by Denise.
For delivery by Christmas be sure to order by :
- 7 December – Australia and New Zealand
- 12 December – European Union, USA, Canada
- 19 December – United Kingdom