Weaving our blankets at Knockando Weaving Mill

Our blankets are hand woven at Knockando Wool Mill in Speyside which is one of the last remaining district wool mills in the UK. They are woven on a double warp so that they have a thick and bouncy feel to them, which adds texture,weight and warmth. We designed these blankets to showcase the natural

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

Cleaning our Felted Products

All of our felted products can be washed on a very gentle wool wash with no spin. They should be dried flat and can be ironed with a cool iron to flatten them. Our table mats and runners can be wiped with a damp cloth to remove dirt and liquids whenever spills occur, or after

Caring for your Sheepskin Rug

Our rugs can be washed many times on a wool wash with no spin. Make sure that you shake any loose dirt from the rug before washing. Dry gently by hanging wool side out in the air and when the wool is dry allow the skin side to be exposed to warm air, but not

Lambing on Auskerry

I love lambing time on the island though it is a very noisy affair with lambs and ewes constantly calling to each other. The majority of the time, North Ronaldsay, (Rollie) ewes have very few problems during lambing. Unlike ‘soft’ commercial breeds they do not need constant vigilance during lambing as they never need assistance

The Story of SS County Hastings

The Auskerry lighthouse is a distinctive feature on the island. Built in 1866 and standing at over 100 feet tall, it looks out across the flock and the surrounding stretches of water. Despite its imposing size and position, a number of ships have still managed to run aground on the treacherous hidden reefs below the

From Fleece to Yarn

Many of our customers want to know how the fleece that is keeping our sheep warm and dry today becomes their knitting project tomorrow, so here is the answer… In the summer months, using large shears we hand clip the fleece from our sheep and roll each one up before packing them into large bags

Five Ways to Wear Your Auskerry Scarf

So you’ve invested a fair bit of time and effort into completing your Auskerry scarf from our knitting kit and now you are looking for different ways to wear your latest creation. Here we give you five unique ways to wear your scarf. As a side note, wool insulates even when it is wet making

Five ways to wear your Aran Beanie

Perhaps you have been given an Isle of Auskerry Beanie hat or knitted one from one of our kits – we’ve put together some handy tips on how to wear it… Straight up This is the easiest way to style your beanie as you simply just put it on your head. If you are brave

The Story of the Lighthouse

Auskerry Lighthouse was built between 1864 and 1866 by pioneering lighthouse engineers David and Thomas Stevenson to light the north entrance to the Stronsay Firth. Attached to the lighthouse are two flat-roofed keepers’ flats; the lower one is used all year round as a store and the other is used occasionally in the summer. To