Rainbow shades

It’s the final week of the Inspired by Islay club, and we’ve released the final group of patterns. This grouping is is inspired by the beautiful Rhinns of Islay, where the fast-moving skies are never the same from one moment to the next, and are frequently lit up by rainbows. Each of the patterns in…

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found

“I’m sure it can’t be up there,” I shouted to Tom glumly “why would I put it up there?” “Is it in a packet that says Wild Apple sweater and cardigan?” came the voice from the loft. The Wild Apple has been found! But not before I managed to make some other purchases. . .…

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Helen Robertson

If you’ve read my introduction to The Book of Haps then you’ll already have come across Helen Robertson – a Shetland artist and craftswoman whose work I deeply admire. Working with silver wire and other precious materials, Helen has developed a uniquely thoughtful aesthetic which celebrates, commemorates and reflects upon Shetland’s history and heritage –…

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Uradale

One of the really fascinating aspects about our Shetland Oo project has been finding out more about what motivates Shetlanders who work with wool, and what really makes them tick, both personally and politically (because yes, in so many ways wool is political). Ronnie Eunson and Sue White of Uradale farm, near Scalloway, are particularly…

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The Buachaille song by Felicity Ford

At the end of last September, I travelled to Shetland for Wool Week. I’d spent several previous months exploring a new-to-me world of yarn development, and the result – Buachaille – was about to be launched with the Seven Skeins Club. At home, so many boxes of yarn had arrived that the bathroom floor had…

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a first look

Here’s a first look at the new shades of Buachaille. Furze: a rich, deep, saturated yellow. furze is an old name for the fragrant, prickly gorse bushes that turn Scotland’s hills to gold in Spring. Hedder: mid-pink with purple undertones. Hedder is a Scots name for heather (calluna). For me, this shade of purple-y pink…

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2015: in review

It has been a pretty big year for us all here at KDD. Here’s a selection of the new designs I published in 2015. Fantoosh Owligan Wowligan Jazz hands Wee Bluebells Murmuration Kokkeluri mittens The Goats of Inversnaid Much of my creative energy over the year was focused on the development and launch of my…

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goats & yarn

As promised, here are Mel’s goats. She selected Buachaille shades Squall, Islay and Haar for her set, and the effect is quite different to the colours I chose for mine. Here’s a good shot of the top of her heid, where you can see the amorous goats, and the hearts at the centre of the…

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all go

Well – we shipped all the Seven Skeins Club packages, and they are now starting to arrive all over the world. Parcels of yarn were landing in Denmark and Germany by the middle of last week, and there were sightings yesterday in Illinois and Texas. If you are waiting for a package yours should not…

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Seven Skeins dispatch central

Since Friday, we have been very busy packing and dispatching yarn parcels for the Seven Skeins club. We are working hard, but oftentimes I find myself stopping just to admire and squoosh the lovely wool. The seven shades compete for my affections. At the moment I think my favourite is Haar – the silvery-grey natural…

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meet the man who helped me make my yarn

Thankyou for your comments on the last post. When I settled on this new venture, I felt it was important to be able to show you some of the usually hidden processes behind yarn production, so I’m glad you are finding it interesting! I thought you might also like to know a little bit more…

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