Hugo and I went to Orkney for two weeks last year. We rented a cottage, which turned out brilliantly. We fell in love with the wild and dramatic landscape, and fantasised about having a tiny cottage to visit, all our own. There are many islands you can visit, all with their own merits. North Ronaldsay was one we visited, it was an adventure that started with a ride in a six-seater airplane. Wild sheep live on the island, surviving on seaweed! They do get sheared, and their fleece is spun into yarn................. ............. of which I bought some. The shop in Kirkwall I bought this from, was selling patterns to go with the yarn, so I decided that while we were in Orkney, it would be charming to knit a scarf with locally produced wool............... this Elizabeth Lovick pattern was just the ticket,(a free download for you there). It comes from Elizabeth Lovick's 'Northern Lace' website. I knitted this 'Cat's Paw' scarf pattern, by Elizabeth Lovick, throughout our two week stay. It was my first attempt at knitting lace, and I enjoyed it enormously. A few people from my weekly knitting circle, have knitted this very successfully using Alpaca yarn. It's one of those patterns that a photograph never does justice to, but it looks fabulous on the wearer. It looks particularly fabulous on Ellie and Douglas.