Leader sheep and sheep farming in Iceland.Read More
Filtering by Tag: Hebridean sheep
My favourite book … wanderings in the Cairngorm mountains.Read More
Lambing on Sunhill Croft, Isle of Berneray.Read More
Back in August Corrine from The Woolly Thistle visited me in Berneray and we had a lovely chat at our kitchen table about Birlinn Yarn, island life, crofting, Hebridean culture and sea faring sheep.
Why not settle down with a cup of tea and your knitting for a listen.Read More
Open design competition for Knitting Fashion Accessories
Design for the Birlinn Yarn Company and win a holiday in a beautiful Hebridean Thatched Cottage.
At The Birlinn Yarn Company we are seeking a knitting designer who understands our established brand but who could give us a wee contemporary twist.Read More
A trip to St Kilda to meet the Soay Sheep.Read More
Hebridean colours that inspired the Birlinn Yarn organic dyed range.Read More
I was recently contacted by the UK co-ordinator of the Fashion Revolution website to contribute to their blog. This organisation believes in an industry which values people, the environment, creativity and profits in equal measure and their mission is to bring everyone together to make that happen.
I have been very flattered by their interest in The Birlinn Yarn Company but also grateful that our careful consideration of both the cultural and environmental context within which we work and live, was recognised within an international arena. It makes all the hard work worth while.
Thank you Fashion Revolution for giving our wee Scottish voice a international megaphone!!
Please click on the image below and have a read of our blog and those of others from around the world who are working towards the same social and environmental aspirations.
A couple of weeks ago we brought home our new Hebridean tup 'Knox Rum'. He is a handsome chap and is settling in well with his new flock of ladies. Let's hope he brings us a good lambing next spring.
On the Isle of Berneray each island croft has a grazing allocation of both the machair and outlying islands. Exactly which islands you are allowed to utilise depends on the township within which your croft lies. Our croft at Sunhill is within Rushgarry township, therefore, our allocation of island grazing includes islands near Cheese Bay on the Southern side of the Sound of Harris. We take our sheep back and forth by boat - hence why, in addition to their Viking heritage, we like to call them "Seafaring Sheep". Each spring, our ewes and lambs are taken out for summer grazing with the ewes brought back for tupping in October and the remaining flock wintering on the islands. We have found that our Hebridean sheep really benefit from grazing on the diversity of island flora and, also, from eating seaweed from the shore. As a result, they fair very well and are in great condition as we regularly check on them throughout the winter and into spring.
A couple of weeks ago we took advantage of our family visitors and as the weather was good we headed off for a day of shearing on the islands.
As the flock has grown so has the team needed to gather and shear, it is always handy to have a couple of the bigger cousins around to help out. We now run a couple of boats with equipment and supplies to keep us going all day. It takes a big team effort and it is always a long hard day, but as we can only do it in good weather it is a great adventure and a lot of fun.
After a long but great day with all the shearing done, we loaded up and headed home. No rest though, after a quick fry up it was down to the hall for the ceilidh and dancing until 1 in the morning. Just as well we were allowed a lie in the next day!!