This weekend was astonishingly beautiful in the wilds of north east Scotland.
I spent most of Saturday shovelling leaves from the back door (5 wheelbarrows'-worth!) and pottering in my herb garden, putting things to rights before winter and planting bulbs.
I also took the time to sit down and finish off my Iara Scarf / Stole / long woolly wrappy thing.
And I love it.
The pattern is by Renée Callahan, East London Knit, and was published in Pom Pom Quarterly in the Autumn 2016 issue.
I was lucky enough to spend some time with Renée at the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat last weekend.
She designed this scarf to be knit using two shades of indigo-dyed yarn from Kettle Yarn Co.
And I was tempted...
But I had just freed-up this amazing mauvey magenta organic merino from Queen of Purls in Glasgow, originally intended to be part of a sweater. It is a heavy sportweight two-ply which knits up as a very flat, matt fabric.
In contrast, the fluffy grey wool is pure Gotland from Guthrie the sheep :)
I feel like I know Guthrie personally, as I follow Hooligan Yarns on Instagram.
Say hello to Guthrie, children!
It is significantly thinner than the purple yarn, but the fluffiness seems to fill in the gaps when knit up.
I bought a single skein specifically to knit this scarf.
And yesterday I scooped up another armful of skeins from the 2016 shearing to knit a sweater.
Because who can resist a sheep with eyes like that?!
Before someone asks... the dip-dyed shirt-dress and cropped trousers are from Zara.
But the coat is me-made, using the Maya pattern by Marilla Walker.