Craft, Knitting, Sheep

Did someone say yarn? 

We are very pleased to announce the release of our Ryeland DK yarn, this is available in 100g hanks (110 meters). So what is so special about this yarn?  Well... It is 100% our own Ryeland yarn It was spun in a local mill less than an hour away It is hand dyed with natural… Continue reading Did someone say yarn? 

Field, Turkey

Turkey Tuesdays: Let’s build 2

We have been busy little bees since the last Turkey update! The feathery fiends continue to grow and have now discovered that they can jump up onto the kitchen windowsill to watch daily goings on. The enclosure is coming on well. We have found a shed, put in posts and started the wiring, over a… Continue reading Turkey Tuesdays: Let’s build 2


New things afoot (or is it a hoof?)

This week we welcome two new arrivals to the flock...these aren't Ryelands, or Blue-faced Leicesters.  They are Bowmonts! The Bowmont is a little-known breed that was developed in Scotland. We'll put a dedicated post up about this breed at a later date as it has a very interesting history and  a rather bright future. Mr… Continue reading New things afoot (or is it a hoof?)


Blacker St Kilda – Test Knitters Wanted

I can’t get knitting something like that, especially not in the time period. But it may be something others are interested in! This yarn is gorgeous and the colours are absolutely stunning!

As part of our ongoing plan to stock only UK wools (so grown, processed, spun and dyed in the UK) I’ve been looking for a laceweight yarn.

After a lot of searching I found Blacker yarns St Kilda. It’s an amazing blend of Soay, Boreray and Shetland – really gorgeous stuff. So I crossed everything, contacted Blacker and asked if I could buy some to dye.

Then things got really exciting.

I’ve been collaborating with Blacker and we’re thrilled that there will be 10 dyed and 2 natural shades of this amazing yarn.

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As well as 50 gram skeins with 350 meters each at £18, there will also be mini skein sets.

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The yarns will launch at Yarndale on the 24th of September.

However there is a way you can get your hands on these yarns soon.

The lovely Sonja from Blacker yarns has designed a gorgeous shawl, and we’re…

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Turkey Tuesdays: Let’s build

Our feathery lodgers were only ever meant to live with us temporarily and though they haven't quite out stayed their welcome they do need to move on to pastures new. We have found a nice evening,  sheltered spot for them up at the field and have started bringing together everything we need to make them… Continue reading Turkey Tuesdays: Let’s build

Chickens, Number 28

High eggspectations?

The vigilant amongst you will have noticed that things have gone very quiet on our chick-hatching front. Infact, things have not gone well at all. From where we left off with a series of minor disasters, our Brinsea mini-eco incubator did seem to work alright, for about 7 days. Then, one morning I came down to… Continue reading High eggspectations?


Turkey Tuesdays: Out and about 

Time flies, especially when you've got five turkeys growing at a rate of knots!  Now that they are fully feathered and definitely not a viable cat target the Twerks are living get outside.  Their cage has been extended and during the day the roam around the garden.  While this is a good thing for them,… Continue reading Turkey Tuesdays: Out and about 

Number 28, Turkey, Video

Turkey Tuesdays: Getting dirty

The twerks are now spending more time outside and less time in the kitchen, which is a bit of a relief. Being greeted by chirps is lovely, but these little feathery beasties are the worst roommates ever. They stay up late into the night chatting, spread their food everywhere and even poo on the floor.… Continue reading Turkey Tuesdays: Getting dirty