Having been out on Stanger Head, Anna was keen to do some dyeing using the colours of the grasses and the quarry. Our first dyeing session had been on fibre, our second was on yarn, both in skeins and in cakes.
The sequence for the ‘grasses’ colourway is as follows:
when dry, display artistically
take one photo…..
…. then take the yarn to the place of its conception, heavily supervised by Scottie, and photograph it there.
Didn’t she get the colours dead right?
Another colourway was the slate quarry, here cooling on the doorstep before rinsing….
….and here on the inspirational rocks
And a third colourway was sea glass:
I had put out an open invitation in the shop window for folk to come and join us to have a go at spinning on Saturday night. I expected one or two. We got 10 islanders! All had a go with a spindle – there was a lot of laughter, and several folk did very well. The general feeling was that they wanted something fibrey, classes, club or whatever, on the island, so we are looking into that.
Then on Sunday afternoon we went to visit Granville Swanney, the only Orkney wheel-maker still producing wheels. He had a sloping bed wheel, very much like mine, half finished in his workshop and a finished, mahogany upright in the front room. It had never been spun on, but within thirty seconds and one small adjustment of the tension, it was producing a cobweb-weight single. Its new home will be Zurich!!
On Monday morning Anna left the island on her way home to Switzerland. On Monday afternoon the wind rose and the weather changed. At some point last night I woke with the feeling something was not right. It took me a while to realise that I couldn’t see my clock: the power was off. So this morning it was back to thermals and sheepskin inside the house until the power came on again at about 09.40. With snow and hail lying on the ground, and winds lashing more against the windows, I am VERY glad Anna had chosen the first week in March, not the second…