I know, I'm running a day late on my promise to show you my gift from Hugo, ever so sorry about that, I do have a valid excuse though, well, I think it's sort of valid.Photos of the gift were unavailable yesterday, as I only got round to taking photographs today. Just could not find a moment in those short daylight hours to do a little photo shoot. Our days are so short on light at the moment.
So, here we have it! Hugo's gift! Rather than a bouquet of flowers for my wedding Anniversary gift, Hugo bought me a bouquet of yarn! I tell you, I was THRILLED! Hugo knows exactly what makes me happy in life.
I knew there would be a yarn shop to visit, whilst we we were on Skye, so I took the precaution of taking a crochet pattern with me. I've been wanting to crochet the Big Bow Cardigan, in the photo above, for a while. (You can buy the pattern here). It requires aran weight yarn to be used. Our local yarn shop doesn't stock a wide range of aran yarn, so I thought I'd take my chances when we went to Skye. It worked out well, because there was one yarn shop open, and that was Shilasdair Yarns.
Oh gosh! What a wonderful place to shop. The location and shop were lovely.
(Just before I continue, I have to sheepishly admit something. I didn't take a single photo whilst on our short trip to Skye. So very unlike me, I'm normally clicking away all over the place. I just didn't feel like it. Very lame, I know. It did rain the whole time, which wasn't conducive to getting out of the car and taking photographs at all. I know that doesn't explain why I didn't take photos inside buildings, but well, I needed a break....................... So, thoroughly pathetic and wishy-washy, I know, but there you have it, I just felt lazy. We'll be visiting again, hopefully next year, and I'll be snap, snapping away on my camera for you then).You can see I've made a start on the pattern already, couldn't wait to get going!
I love the fact that the wool I'm using is British wool, gives me a warm glow to know I'm crocheting with good old home-grown yarn. And this aran weight yarn feels quite bulky to work with, even though it's only a little thicker than DK yarn. Using this aran wool yarn, makes me feel very close to the sheep it came from, it feels like real sheepy wool, has a very woolly feeling, rustic, with tiny shreds of grass still stuck in the fibres. I can hear that sheep baaaaing, see it's little face, hear it chomping away at tufts of grass, and I can feel its fleece, all springy and cuddly. The sheep on Skye looked very clean, because it rains a lot there. They must get washed by all that rain. The sheep all looked like fluffy white clouds with spindly legs and a little head poking out. Just how you like to imagine sheep.
I thought you might like to see the leaflet that came with my bag of yarn. My lovely bag of yarn. The aran weight yarn wasn't the only yarn they were selling of course. There were shelves stacked with hand-dyed Silks, Merino, Cashmere blends, and various other fibres. And all the colours were dyed in a room behind the show room, which we were given a little tour of.
On the Shilasdair leaflet, there's a picture of the area with the dyeing vats. The room itself was like a dank old barn. There wasn't any dyeing going on when we visited, but I imagine the place gets very hot and steamy, with the vats of dye bubbling away. It was wonderful to be allowed into the dyeing area though, fascinating.
And here we have some Daffodils. The first I've bought, a little early, don't you think? I usually spend the Winter trying to enjoy the cold and dark to my best ability, but secretly harbouring a wish for Spring to appear. I find that buying early, (much too early), Daffs, makes me feel like I'm cheating winter a bit. Probably a dangerous tactic.
Still, it is so nice to see their happy faces, they're so cheery, even if they're not seasonal. I like the 'idea' of sticking to buying seasonal flowers, it's a nice tradition to do that don't you think? But in practise, I'm afraid all that goes out the window, and I just love to have some of my favourite flowers around.
Hugo's just called me for supper, then I'm off to my Wednesday night knitting group. I'll be taking my crochet, Big Bow Cardigan with me to work on. Thank you for all your fab comments on my last post, I loved them, it was fascinating to hear how many people have upped and moved to start life anew. Very inspiring. I really must dash, or the chef will not be amused. Ta-ra and take care. Love Vanessa xxx