Posted on 31/08/2016 16:37 by Louise.

Blair Castle pop up shop 2016  Last week we headed into the Perthshire countryside for our annual pop-up shop at Blair Castle international horse trials.  I took the opportunity to launch the ladies 2016 knitwear collection and was delighted with the feedback it received.  It was lovely being able to talk to so many people about the collection, the yarns we use and my inspiration behind the designs.  And being at the Tilt arena meant we got a great view of some of the events happening at our door.

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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 what to do to entertain the kids.  My first steps into the land of wool were during school holidays as a very young child.  I had a “dolly bobbin” on which I’d use scraps of yarn to spool knit and make the longest cord I could.  Later I tried proper knitting.  I still have an old teddy wearing an irregular scarf full of dropped stitches which was one of my brother’s first attempts. Even if kids are too young to try crafting for themselves, there are loads of books about which feature knitting.  A favourite of my daughter is 1. “Stanley the amazing knitting cat” by Emily McKenzie.  And knitting isn’t just confined to books. You may have seen the character of “scarf lady” in cBeebies series “Sarah and duck” who has a whole room of yarn.  Click to see my list of wool related books for kids:

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Posted on 11/07/2016 14:45 by Louise.

Behind the scenes AW16 photoshoot  I thought that a behind the scenes photo of our new collection photoshoot would give a taster of what's to come.  Despite the monsoon-like rain that we have been having here in the North East of Scotland for the last few weeks, we managed to get out to the beautiful dunes of Balmedie beach for our Autumn-Winter 2016 photoshoot. It was great to see our new designs coming to life on models Amy and Callum who did a fab job through shine and rain! I'm looking forward to showing you the final results in a few weeks time when we launch the new collection. With thanks to John for his photography skills and to Laura who produced a natural make-up look for Amy and also took this image.

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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!

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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.

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