It's too long since I wrote a blog post, but COVID-derived ennui and then ill-health has really had me take my eye off the ball.
After eighteen months of no real yarn events, it was so so good to exhibit in person at Perth Festival of Yarn and then at Yarndale in Skipton. Both events were incredibly well-organised and felt very COVID-safe. Perhaps because of this, coupled with people's sheer happiness at being able to attend and spend, both of these events were amongst the busiest we have ever been at. We were worked off our feet and we were so happy to see people buying sweater-amounts of yarn. Thank you so much to the organisers and to everyone who came along and supported our stand. It means a lot.
Thanks also to everyone who has bought from us online over the last year or so - you really did help us to keep going!
I'm starting to get my woolly mojo back and will be starting to dye yarn again soon, as the online shop is starting to look a bit bare! In the meantime, we have our 4 shades of commercially dyed yarn: Glengairn, Millbrae, Gean and Lammerloch available both in DK and in 4 ply.
We have some dyed lace coming soon, and this will be available in four shades, in 50g and 100g skeins. We'll do an email out to our mailing list members when it's available.
Our woolly flock is looking good as winter approaches. We made the decision last year to downsize the flock quite considerably with three starter flocks heading to Aberdeenshire and one to Fife. We have stopped lambing for the foreseeable, which means that we will no longer have to rear tup lambs to get slaughtered at 16 months. This is partly because we lost a good bit of our grazing last year, but it also makes life a lot simpler.
The impact of this on our flock's fleeces has been visible very quickly - the fleeces are stronger and softer, and the ewes are all going into the winter in great condition.
We've had a couple of bouts of snow already, which is usual for here. The sheep are very skilled at finding the best places to shelter out of the prevailing wind, and haven't blown away yet!
The photo shows Koru Jot, a bonny white ewe but perhaps the most stubborn member of the flock!
Hope you are all managing to stay warm.