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July 9, 2010 / KristenMakes

Special Visitor!

Well, again I’ve been quiet on the blog.  I’ve had a very special visitor and the husband and I have been gallavanting all around Edinburgh and the Highlands, showing my MOM a grand Scottish time!

We took her all around the city and even had a chance to rent a car and drive to Skye – our first visit to the Highlands!  While in Skye, I suggested we visit Shilasdair in Waternish.  Shilasdair is a yarn shop and dye studio.  They do all their own dyeing (with natural materials!) and you can even see some in progress!

Above you see the outside of their facilities and their dye garden.


We were shown their dye-room and the shopkeeper even lifted the lids of the pots so we could peek at the yarns they were currently dyeing.


Above is a little explanation of the dyes they use and the color they yield.

I treated myself to 3 skeins of their Luxury 4-ply (20% Cashmere, 40% angora, 40% lambswool) in a green colorway from Indigo dye. I started winding it into a ball immediately and dove into Aestlight (which I luckily had the pattern on my phone already!).


If you ever visit Skye, Shilasdair is worth the trip.  We had to drive pretty far north for it but we along the way got to see this:
51_Stein, Waternish

and of course lots of this:
9_Sheep Friends



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  1. Mom / Jul 9 2010 7:27 am

    Wasn’t it just so beautiful? And Shilasdair was amazing! I had a wonderful time! Thanks!

  2. KristenMakes / Jul 9 2010 7:33 am

    Glad you have a good time! Soon hopefully I’ll get around to blogging the entire trip on Daily Scotch… Loads to do!

  3. Noas' libellule / Jul 9 2010 8:47 am

    Looks beautiful!

  4. Sue Orme / Jul 10 2010 5:38 pm

    Glad Trent left the sheep entact. I’m not really a “blue” person, but that’s probably the prettiest shade of blue I’ve ever seen. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
    Mom Orme

  5. Mom / Jul 10 2010 7:10 pm

    Actually, the picture of the yarn doesn’t quite do it justice…It’s almost a loden green…Kristen’s hands turned green along with it! It’s really beautiful in person!

  6. Angeli / Jul 12 2010 10:33 am

    LOVE! i can’t wait to see it all, but i guess it won’t look quite as green when we’re there. 🙂


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