The countdown to the official launch of Daughter of a Shepherd at Edinburgh Yarn Festival is very much on and it’s going to be a busy couple of days as we finish last minute preparations and travel up to Scotland. Both me and my part-time chief assistant Mr K, are looking forward to meeting so many of you and hearing your thoughts about the Hebridean yarn.
I thought it would be helpful if I clarify a few details about the yarn and how it will be sold at both EYF and online after the festival…
100% pure Hebridean
Spun to a DK weight
233 metres per 100g skein / 255 yards per 3½ ounce skein
Cool hand wash only
The yarn is priced at £18 per skein and I can take payment in cash or by card via a mobile Paypal machine.
I will be splitting the yarn over Friday and Saturday, so visitors on either day will have the chance to buy some, but judging by the response I’ve had you might want to get to the stand (C9) early in the day.
Additionally I have a very small quantity of canvas tote bags printed with the Daughter of a Shepherd logo which will be available at a special one-off show price of £3.00 each. I am hoping to have more printed to sell online after Edinburgh and will keep you all updated.
I will be selling the remaining 100% Hebridean online shortly after EYF so please keep an eye out for more details about this in the coming weeks. If you haven’t done already, it might be worth signing up for the newsletter via this link to receive this information straight to your inbox.
The batch of 100% Hebridean yarn I have for Edinburgh and one-off sale after the festival is it and won’t be spun again.
I still have a quantity of Hebridean tops and have been working with John Arbon to develop the original yarn, and following his advice and listening to his expertise, the next batch of Daughter of a Shepherd yarn will be spun in a slightly different way – I’ll tell you more about it very soon. This is the nature of limited edition yarns and considering that 6 months ago I didn’t even know if it would be possible to turn the fleece into yarn, I am beyond thrilled to even have knitting wool in my hands signifying a happy ending to this exciting project you have all been following.
What this means is that each person will be restricted to buying 2 skeins from this first batch. I have thought long and hard about this, and it hasn’t been an easy decision, but in the end I thought it was better for a lot of people to be able to get their hands on a skein rather than a few people have a lot of skeins. I am sure you will all understand my reasoning and the next, second batch of yarn will not have any restrictions on it.
We will spend tomorrow setting up the stand which includes photographs of my yarn journey, a few knitted swatches to have a look and if I find any knitting hours in the next day or so there might also be a hat, and there are a few other little treats as well. No matter how manic it is, please do introduce yourself and accept my apologies in advance if I look slightly blank – it’s been a crazy amazing whirlwind of a week so far and it’s not even halfway over.
Safe travels to all of you heading up to Edinburgh and see you there. Thank you again for all your support.
p.s. There won’t be any sheep travelling with me but I’m crossing my fingers I’ll be able to introduce you all to them at some point in the future!