July 2008: Latest News

30 years ago I was fascinated by all things Latin American.

This began with a road trip from Chicago down through Mexico to the Guatemalan border. My fascination with weaving began when I took an art course at the Instituto Allende in Guanajuato province

However, with 2 young children and a weaving studio to run on Arran, it wasn’t feasible to think of going back there any time soon.

I did, however, design the Scottish Inca Hat for handspun wool, which was much appreciated by local mountaineers and mothers of small children for the warm earflaps and the ties which held the hat on in windy conditions.

Simon, my youngest son who wasn’t yet born when the hat pattern was created graduated from Aberdeen University two weeks ago with an honours degree and has gone to work for Peru for Less in Lima on a graduate apprenticeship.

Full circle and small world.

To celebrate, the Scottish Inca Hat and the Child’s Scottish Inca Hat are our patterns on offer this month, with the instructions for a version you can knit with your handspun yarns.

They are available for you to download at a cost of £2.99 from our pattern page.

Which smoothly introduces our other new page on the website:
Knitting with Handspun

the first part of a collection of hints, thoughts and experience from my archives to show you how to get the most from your handspun yarns.

You may want to bookmark this page to keep up-to-date as we gradually make information available to you from our early experiments with the additional wisdom of hindsight.

We’d like to offer you the opportunity to take part in our


As a thank you we will send you a free pattern of your
choice from our collection if you give us your email
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All our web pages have been updated since the last Newsletter so have fun browsing and downloading the free hints & techniques and reading more about our beautiful island.

Best wishes

Lynn Gray Ross