Posted on 02/08/2016 13:35 by Louise.

Stanley the amazing knitting cat by Emily MacKenzie

 With school holidays now underway on both sides of the border, mums everywhere may well be wondering about things to do in the holidays.  Here are a few "woolly" holiday activites for kids......

Posted on 21/03/2016 14:06 by Louise.

Fair isle sketch pad I recently took a short trip on an aeroplane and took my sketch pad with me.  At this time of year when I’m busy designing the new range for Autumn and Winter it’s permanently by my side. Even for an hour, it was a rare treat to have completely uninterrupted time to work on new ideas for fair isle patterns. And unexpectedly I also appeared to provide entertainment for those around me who watched with interest as single motifs were combined into rows and then bigger patterns. I’m now looking forward to a long-haul trip I have planned as I may find that time out of my office is very productive indeed!

Posted on 13/01/2016 10:01 by Louise.

Sunset at Inverugie  Last week saw devastating floods across Aberdeenshire. Luckily, although we are next to the River Ugie, we are high above the flood plain with no chance of flooding. On Friday we woke up to a lake of water in front of us (where normally there is none). Due to the amount of rainfall local roads were cut off due to standing water and elsewhere in the region many homes were flooded. Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by flooding across the UK over the last few weeks.

On a positive note, I’d like to thank all the staff at Royal Mail Peterhead who continued to do an amazing job. Despite all the road closures they continued to both deliver and collect meaning to our surprise there was no disruption to our normal dispatch routine.

Of course the unique Scottish water is one of the ingredients which combine to make our Scottish garments truly special as they are finished, ready for sale. I’ve used a picture of one of the gorgeous sunsets we are regularly treated to in this part of the world as the elements can be harsh but also beautiful.

Posted on 01/09/2015 10:11 by Louise.

FEI European Eventing Championships Well, we are now officially in Autumn.  Even the weather appears to know. As I write this the rain is thundering down, a departure from yesterday's sun when the farmer was in the field next to us ploughing for winter crops.

The new season brings a lot to look forward to.  Over the last few weeks we've added small fairisle accessories and launched a couple of new Harris Tweed wash bags, a smart bottle bag perfect for gift giving and a new cross body bag called the Kimberley.

Our knitwear will launch in the next few weeks......but first we have our biggest pop-up shop to date at the Blair FEI European Eventing Championships in Perthshire next week. Unlike previous pop-ups we are able to take a much bigger selection of our range and will have new 2015 collection not currently available on the website. Why not come along if you happen to be within reach of Blair Atholl? This year gates open on Wednesday 9th with FREE entrance on the first day. There will be lots going on right up to Sunday 13th.  We hope to see you there!

Posted on 09/01/2015 11:52 by Louise.

winter trees Well it’s back to normal after the festive season. Whilst driving to my daughter’s toddler group with the low winter sun in my eyes and the wind howling through the tree skeletons I realised that the short winter days are far from over.  Although we’ve had a mild winter so far this year we often forget that the worst of the weather in the UK is normally seen this side of New Year.  I’ve still been known to wear gloves in this part of Scotland in May!  So for the moment it’s all about wrapping up warm in favourite jumpers, never leaving the house without gloves and cosy nights wearing my favourite purple cashmere socks in front of the TV.

Posted on 27/04/2013 13:10 by Louise Hepworth.

Lookbook - Transitional dressing For me the true sign that summer is on its way is when the swallows return.  It’s always a joyous moment when you spot their distinct silhouette darting across the sky for the first time in the year.  The pheasants have been strutting around the garden for weeks and the hawthorn hedges are alive with nest building so spring is definitely here.  It’s always a difficult time in terms of dressing.  Last weekend we went to a local country park and were wrapped up with our hats and gloves yet I saw other family groups with the picnic rugs and bbqs out! The wind can still be bitingly cold yet if the sun comes out its warmth is starting to be felt.  Take a look at our lookbook where I have highlighted our perfect pieces for transitional dressing – cardigan coats.