These two skeins were handspun with equal measures of Flax (in a natural creamy white) and Shetland wool (a natural peaty brown). The Shetland is fine and soft – like the Merino, but has the fine crimp that traps air and makes the yarn and garments made with it ‘springy’ and warm. The Flax, spun in a semi-worsted fashion, is smooth and slippy, and contributes to the finished yarn an easy drape, resilience, and a measure of sheen. It’s a great combination for a scarf.
J & D > Historically, (well, since the 1920s or ’30s), crofters have collected the seaweed from the shore using a tractor : even to this day, many crofters that continue this practice use a trusty old Massey Ferguson. We don’t have a tractor, because we don’t have enough work for it, and we can’t get the tractor to where we need to offload the seaweed. So we use garden forks and wheelbarrows instead of that prongy attachment thingy, our arms and legs instead of a tractor, and we cart it home to in the trailer, then reversing the operation to get the seaweed onto the compost heaps. Hard work, but it keeps us fit!
D > I found this on online, on an auction site. It’s in oils, on canvas. The auction was on on J’s birthday, and I was the only bidder. I thought he would like it because the artist is his great aunt, Edna Doris Bridge. Flowers on her birthday, for his!
J & D > Having had no customers yet (since opening on the 4th of July, five days ago) at the Hebridean Woolshed, and the roads quiet, we took much of the day off for a good walk in the ‘Middle District’ of South Uist.
J & D > We’re Open! And we’ve a new look, too! This year, the stock in our shop is hand-made to an even greater degree than previously. Scarves, for example : they’ve always been hand-woven (by Denise), of course, but now more of them are woven with hand-spun yarn, rather than mill-spun ; and there’s more of such yarns that are hand-coloured with plant-based dyes.