I thought I'd backtrack a little and tell you about my trip to Scotland at the end of July. Twenty-one knitters and spinners from all over the world met on the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides off the West Coast of Scotland. It was SO beautiful there. My background is very Scottish so I think it's in my blood to feel at home in that gorgeous country.
This is the Hall in that we had the classes in and some people stayed there for the week. I was in a B&B across the field from it. It was wonderful waking up to the view of the water, sounds of the sheep and the clean crisp air with a cup of tea under a nice warm wool blanket.
There were sheep everywhere. It was a mile walk into the town of Fionnphort and you could be sure there'd be many sheep and cow sightings along the way.
Debbie New stayed at the hall for the week and taught a class on playing around with color patterning and she explained some of the patterns in her book. I need to send my book or a bookplate to her for her autograph. This woman is awesome. Her mind is like a clock. It just keeps ticking away. I was amazed. Best of all she is a very nice, down-to-earth soul who was a joy to be around.
I can't begin to tell you how great it was to be surrounded by so many others that love wool as much as I do. What a great group and a ton of knowledge and talent. I sent a photo in to Knitter's Magazine of most of us outside the Hall. Hopefully it'll be in the next issue.
We went to visit Ardalanish Organic Farm. This is all wool from the Black Hebridean Sheep on the farm. I got two of these babies (the cones of yarn... not the sheep... how I wish!) Oh... to have had more money with me!!
On the last day I took the short five-minute ferry ride from Fionnphort to the Isle of Iona To see the Abbey. What a way to end the trip. Very serene and oh-so-beautiful. I'd love to take my family back there one day. The only place I loved more is Shetland.