Catch up with our Autumn news! 'Fletcher of Saltoun' award for Di from the Saltire Society!

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It is late Autumn here is Fife and we are needing lots of extra layers, especially when out and about on the coastal walk! Merryn, our boat restorer friend from the Scottish Fisheries Museum, in her Polar Gansey...knitted in true gansey spirit with gussets underarm and at the neck, knitted in the round of double pointed needles and with a beautiful cabled seam stitch. The main pattern is a Compass to help navigate the complex world we live in and the fine cabling represents the rigging and sails of my imagined women's ship sailing off on a great adventure.

In September I was humbled and thrilled to receive the 'Fletcher of Saltoun' Award from the Saltire Society.

Sheila was on hand to do a great introduction and I accepted on behalf of all the amazing Scottish Knitters who have inspired me over the years! Do read more about this amazing society on their website. I felt rather humbled to be in such amazing company, but thrilled to see hand knitting recognised as a couture and art.

Our new design Skye' is almost finished! Here is the amazing Northern Lights colourway!


The other incredible news is that we will be able to continue the work of the Moray Firth Gansey project with the Scottish Fisheries Museum, who have been awarded a grant for the 'Knitting the Herring'. Sheila and I are on the steering committee and hope to be working on some awesome projects over the next year! Making a Scottish gansey yarn with Uist Wool and working on some amazing new designs for the dedicated website to be announced soon!


We also have some amazing retreats to share with you for next Spring so do sign up for our newsletter to hear more!


Happy Knitting,


Di, Sheila, Kirsty, Gill and the Team!

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  • Dear Di,
    How very wonderful! Congratulations! I have followed your work on Fruityknitting podcast, and have been rewarded to know about your many years of inspired knitting, including the Moray Firth Project and your continued diligence to maintain a living, breathing awareness in each design.
    Wishing you a lovely Holiday season and safe paths all along the way.
    Kind regards,
    Margot Grant
    (n.b. hoping to begin my first Gansey soon; it is of particular significance, given my parents’ Scottish heritage.
    - )

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