Help with Knitting problems

If you are having any problems with knitting our kits or with our yarn, please contact us by email or phone and we will do our best to help. There is also a knitting blog with Utube videos to help you if you are not sure about different stitches.   We have recently found that

New Year in Auskerry

We had some strong winds over Christmas which brought a lot of seaweed to the shore for the pregnant ewes who depend on the nutritious seaweed for their food. Currently we are enjoying a mild and dry spell with little in the way of wind, which is not so good for the sheep, but luckily

Knitting Basics for our Kits

As many of our kits are bought by novice knitters we decided to put some links to videos here to help if you get stuck. To see the videos just click on the links given in bold letters. Alternatively you can always email us for help; teresa@isleofauskerry.com   CASTING ON METHODS Most casting-on methods begin

Gardening Auskerry style

The weather may not yet be warm but at least the ground is drying up a little, so we have been digging and planting in the small areas that we use to grow flowers and vegetables around the house. In the early days the garden had to be dug with a pickaxe as no fork

Lambing is early this year

The first day of May¬†used to be the date when¬†lambing really got under way and we would be rushed off our feet with 13 ewes lambing a day … but this year lambing has come early; we had 16 pairs and several singles born yesterday and similar numbers born on Thursday and Wednesday last week!

Limited Edition

There are only three flocks of North Ronaldsay Native Orkney sheep left in Orkney. Our flock is the second largest. Our island farm is 250 acres and the sheep have access to every part of it. However, the island will only support a finite number of sheep and so we have limited amounts of fleece

Entirely Handmade

All our products are handmade and individually designed and finished. We shear our sheep by hand (link to sheep blog) with tools that have been used since Medieval times. The fleeces are washed in open sinks outside and put through a Victorian mangle before being dried naturally in the fresh air. We cure our sheepskins

Our Environmental Philosophy

The way that our sheep are farmed and the lives that they lead as well as the way we make our products is completely the opposite of modern industrial /intensive farming and manufacturing. When you buy our products you can enjoy knowing that our sheep are not confined to fields nor made to eat only

Weaving our blankets at Knockando Weaving Mill

Knockando Wool Mill in Speyside is the last remaining district wool mill in the UK. Spinning and weaving went hand in hand with agriculture at Knockando. There would be little work carried on in the Wool mill during sowing or harvest time but after shearing, local farmers would bring in their fleeces to be processed

Spinning our fleece at New Lanark Spinning Mill

New Lanark Mill comprises a small 18th-century village some 40 km southeast of Glasgow, Scotland. The mill was founded in 1786 by David Dale who, with Robert Owen, created a Utopian vision of a society without crime, poverty or misery. Originally spinning cotton, the mills were powered by water-wheels and operated from 1786 to 1968.

Washing our yarn

All of our yarn can be washed on a wool wash in a machine with minimum spin. For those of you who prefer to wash by hand warm water with a mild detergent followed by a gentle squeezing to remove water works well too. Wool garments need to be dried flat and not too fast

Technical information for Knitters

Our 3ply Aran yarn Weight: 100 gram Yardage: 160m =176 yards 50g 80m/78yds Content: 100% wool Gauge: 17 stitches and 23 rows is 10cm with 4.5/Uk7 needles DK 2 ply Weight: 100 gram Yardage: 240m=264yards Content: 100%wool 50g 120m/132yds Knitting Needle Size Conversion Chart for Metric, US and UK sizes. Metric sizes UK sizes US