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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!

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

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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.

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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!).

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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:
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and of course lots of this:
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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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