snàth handspun yarns and handknits

unique yarns and handknits, made with traditional skills

Summer 2018

It’s been a busy summer with lots of spinning, weekly local craft markets and new ideas for colours in my yarns.  I was determined to use some purchased fleeces and … Continue reading

August 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wheels, whorls and a need for speed

Last summer it seemed as if either I wasn’t spinning fast enough to produce plenty of new yarns, or else my wheels had become sluggish and slow.  The working parts … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

May 2018: How the months have flown past…

And here we are, well down into the month of May.  My plan of handspinning plenty of skeins ready for this year’s local craft markets worked out reasonably well, but … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Snàth handspun yarns for sale, and handspinning workshops

Snàth handspun yarns and handknits are currently available for sale at the Made in Islay and Jura Arts & Crafts Markets, held in Bruichladdich Village Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays … Continue reading

January 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Oidhche Challain + the old New Year

Originally posted on uiseag:
Bliadhna mhath ùr! Happy new year! No, you’re not going mad, for it is the 12th of January and the?new year; the old new year, that…

January 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Thank you, Liz!

Many thanks to Liz Lovick of Northern Lace in Orkney for her comprehensive explanation of the differences between and using the traditional knitting stitches Old Shale and Feather & Fan.  … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Feather and Fan versus Old Shale

Originally posted on Northern Lace:
Sometimes one person’s slip can cause decades of error.  This is definitely the case with the two separate and different Shetland patterns.  Feather and Fan…

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

cloth of comfort

Originally posted on Pàdruig's Woven Words:
each takes their turn to weave new thread sharing both dark and light   waulking strengthens woven bonds to seal our cloth…

November 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

snàth handspun and handknits

Welcome to snàth handspun and handknits. The word ‘snàth in the Isle of Islay dialect of Scottish Gaelic means thread or yarn, so is appropriate both for my products and … Continue reading

November 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

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