I’m back from Skye!

Sorry for a lack of posts this week, I was away on holiday! Andy and I went to the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides. The weather was typical of a Scottish summer, but we did have a couple of sunny days! I know this is a knitting and sewing blog, but my holiday did feature some knitting so I will sneak  some holiday snaps in! Here are some of my favourite photos:

1. Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye. 2.Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish Highlands.3. Glenbrittle beach with The Cuillins, Isle of Skye. 4. Plockton. 5. Glenbrittle beach, Isle of Skye. 6. Plockton seals with The Cuillins, Plockton. 7. Highland cows. 8. Shetland wool from Shilasdair, Waternish (Skye). 9. Andy wearing Guston, Plockton. 10. Knitting at the campsite, Glenbrittle.

We visited a little village called Plockton on the mainland of Scotland, near the Skye bridge. It is such a quaint wee village and we saw the most beautiful, vibrant rainbow ever! We went back on our last day of our trip to go on a seal tour! I may have got pretty excited when we saw the seals! There were lots of jellyfish too and it was such a nice day we could see all The Cuillins (the big mountainous ridge on Skye, the longest in the UK). I also got some pictures of Andy’s new jumper, Guston, what do you think?

As I had hurt my leg the week before we went on holiday, we didn’t plan anything adventurous and will definitely return to climb the mountains! We went up to the north of the island on the first day but the weather wasn’t great so couldn’t really see the Old Man of Storr or Quiraing very well, although we did see Kilt Rock and some lovely waterfalls. Andy also went swimming one day – it was pretty brave and after he “couldn’t feel his skin”!!

I also wanted to buy some local yarn but it is actually quite expensive! We went to Shilasdair yarns which are all dyed using organic and traditional methods. I bought the two hanks above – a dark grey and a white Shetland wool. These don’t show off all the lovely colours but I didn’t have a project in mind when I went so it was hard to decide what to buy. I think with these I will knit some cosy socks, a hat, a scarf or mittens. Maybe mittens…

Our last campsite was in Glenbrittle and it was lovely! We were nestled between the sea and the mountains and was such a fantastic view to wake up to! You can see me knitting away in front of The Cuillins whilst waiting for dinner! Camping was so much fun and can’t wait to go away again!

Back to knitting! You may be wondering what I am making next. I wanted something easier after doing Andy’s sweater, so I am making a cardigan using a pattern from Redheart, the cuff-to-cuff sweater. I have shortened the cardigan by two inches and I plan to add a few button holes as I wouldn’t wear it with a belt. The wool I am using is from New Lanark and it has little specks of red/brown in it and reminds me oats! It is knitting up pretty fast and I think I will be finished soon. Here is a wee taster!