Summer Part 2

It's that time of year when you really don't know which clothes to wear in the morning: last week I had a dress, woolly cardigan and boots on in the morning and by the afternoon I was wearing my sandals and a t-shirt.  There are still some lovely spells of weather but we are also starting to experience the transition to Autumn, like today as it felt decidedly more autumnal.  I think this time of year when it starts to change is probably my favourite.  The summer jobs are done (or it's too dark and cold to do any more) and it's time to think about inside projects (which of course involves lots of knitting!).

We got the hay dried and in the byre (barn) a couple of weeks ago, although with the amount of rain we had the week before we wondered if it would ever dry.

Turning the hay over by hand to help it dry

Turning the hay over by hand to help it dry

 The hay will be used to feed the sheep on the croft over the winter - and speaking of sheep - if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook or got my newsletter (or if you figured it out from my last blogpost) you will know that I have my own yarn coming soon, spun from the fleeces from our own and our neighbours' sheep.  

Going over a fleece on the "sorting table"

Going over a fleece on the "sorting table"

I will give you more details very, very, soon but currently I am busy  working on the labelling, writing up patterns using the new yarn and things like that!  I am planning to launch it at the Maker's Market in Isleburgh during Shetland Wool Week on Saturday 30th September and anything leftover will be sold through my online shop.

It's a very exciting project for me as it's something I have been thinking about for a long time, and sometimes you just have to stop worrying about what might (or might not) happen and try it!

I had quite a varied summer, after I came back from Fair Isle I spent a week in Edinburgh and straight after that, at the beginning of August I went to teach at a Creativity Festival in Saunderton outside London.  The Festival was the brainchild of Natasha whom I only previously knew as Taking a Moment of Time on Instagram.  I have followed her for a while now and longed to go on her retreats and so was delighted when she asked me if I could come and teach classes on Fair Isle knitting.  Over 30 creative people gathered on Natasha's farm for a weekend of crafting, chatting and eating gorgeous food, most of which had been grown on the farm.

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The format was camping but we had lovely tents all beautifully decorated, marquees in case it rained (which it did a bit) and a large fire to gather around at night.

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Teaching Fair Isle knitting inside the marquee

Teaching Fair Isle knitting inside the marquee

I was just a tiny bit jealous of the vegetable garden (that's an understatement)

I was just a tiny bit jealous of the vegetable garden (that's an understatement)

It was wonderful to meet up with so many people I "knew" through Instagram like Melody (bmandarines), Janice (Janice Issitt Lifestyle), Renee (Eastlondonknits) and Linda (Kettleyarn).  There was such a range of people there with a similar interest in craft and it was lovely to relax and spend time together.  For a more photos of the retreat Janice wrote a really good blogpost on it here.  Look out for future retreats by following The Hill View Farm Moments website here.

As I mentioned earlier I am busy at the moment getting the yarn and all the related things ready - all the individual things, like the logo, labels, etc.. have taken a while to complete but now it's all finally coming together so I will let you know more within the next few days - Stay tuned!