What a wonderful long weekend we had at Unravel!
My favourite thing about shows is seeing people face-to-face; meeting customers old and new, catching up with friends and colleagues for a natter, and crossing paths with online and social media friends, some of whom I have been waiting years to meet. I always learn a lot along the way and it’s great hearing stories (lambs, dogs, spinning) and picking up new to me pattern suggestions for my ever-increasing Ravelry queue.
Unravel was a timely reminder as to how and why I started Daughter of a Shepherd. It’s all too easy to lose sight of where it began; writing the Fleeced blog post, the cheque that fuelled my determination, a building full of Hebridean fleece with no real purpose and piles of supposedly worthless raw product. Shows are a good time for reflection and regrouping my thoughts so I can continue to move forward with what I have begun.
Finding the right path is quite tricky and it is all too easy to be pulled one way or another in a direction that soon loses sight of its original beginnings. There’s much thinking to be done and plans that need actioning along with those that will be left on the shelf to brew for a while longer.
We are working behind the scenes on a project that will see a long-held dream come true and I’ll be able to share that with you in the coming weeks, once I stop pinching myself and realise it’s actually happening!
Thank you to everyone who popped by the Daughter of a Shepherd stand and to the staff and volunteers who made Unravel a really fab show, in particular organiser Gemma and her bottomless energy.
We are now gearing up for Edinburgh Yarn Festival which takes place on the 10th and 11th March, but in the meantime the online shop has reopened where you’ll find the beautiful Foxen meets Merino yarn along with all our regular goodies – hand creams, balms, badges, books and these new Sheepish Notebooks by Jill Draper.
Illustrated with all our fibre friends, containing enough pages for all your knitting and crochet notes, inside the front cover you will find a Kitchener Stitch refresher, and the inside back cover has a 4 inch ruler along with needle, weight and length conversion tables, all in a handy size for popping in your project bag.
Additionally there will be a small shop update this Thursday 23rd February at 20.00 (8pm) GMT when the remaining stock of the latest batch of Woollenflower Hebridean pouches will be available to purchase, alongside the Sheep in Stitches Hebridean flock, and a very small quantity of the remaining 2015 clip 4ply and DK weight yarn. The new 2016 clip yarn will not be online until April or May, the reasons for which will soon become clear.
Thank you as ever to you all for your ongoing support – it really does mean so much.