Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A soulful project: The Shepherdess Capelet for Snàth, Hebtember'14

All my life I've knitted for all kinds of people from tiny premature babies to huge menfolk but I've never knitted anything quite as deeply soulful as The Shepherdess Capelet. 

This was my creation commissioned by Uist Wool and its Snàth contemporary craft in artisan yarns exhibition, part of a series of Outer Hebrides Hebtember '14 events.

You can see The Shepherdess Capelet, along with the stunning creations of six other Hebridean makers, at Uist Wool, Scotvein, Grimsay, North Uist 13 - 27 September 10am - 5pm.


Beautiful Uist deer shed antler buttons handmade by Mr Robert MacLeod, South Uist.

I collected these tiny rocks from the shore, Isle of Benbecula, tied them to the yarn and let them hang in the same way my Hebridean ancestors hung rocks on rope over the thatched roofs of their stone homes.

From staring at cones of gorgeous pure wool from Uist Wool to a few sketches to the final Shepherdess Capelet I could feel my ancestors behind me; mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, great aunties, who were all expert and practical knitters using the very same wool in the same place, influencing and guiding me through the many weeks of creating this project; a beautiful feeling.

Thank you to the gifted team of extraordinary people at Uist Wool.


Creative process

From these cones of glorious Uist Wool

to this

for this. {See more about Outer Hebrides Hebtember.}

First thoughts on what to make - tunic, capelet, tabard, dress, apron?

Decide on decorative capelet

Loving the idea of using irregular and various Aran knitting stitch panels, free-falling and loose and allowing an influence of traditional Maori Moa feather cloaks {I lived in NZ for 12 years}.

Made lots of cable panels and tried out different stitch patterns on different plys of yarn.

My love for Mediaeval style will never die so, of course, I had a little phase of that - thinking of having a sheer knitted veil / cape / hood hung prettily from the shoulders but not working, although I love this look.

Idea to use multiple tiny antler buttons in Victorian style on base capelet. Call maker of exquisite antler jewellery and buttons, Riverside Crafts, South Uist {available at Kildonan Centre} and speak with Morag.

My sewing pins never saw so much action!

Now, after 5 weeks of creating, I know exactly what I'm doing.

The Shepherdess Capelet, made with Uist Wool by a Uist woman in Uist.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Friday, 13 June 2014

My novel, THE WILD FOLK, released from captivity today

“Nature writing with juicy bits” - John Beswick 

My novel, THE WILD FOLK, is released from captivity today. 

'Some folk are born wild. Others have wildness thrust upon them'.

You can read it here:

The paperback is due for release in August. Thank you to the reviewers John Beswick, Stella Stedman, Owen Luckey and Stacy Pond for their kind words.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

fairy tries to flee my knitting journal

A little fairy tries to flee my scrapbook knitting journal when she hears that I'm contemplating turning my bonkers tally marks visual knitting patterns {which I write to keep track of what I'm doing} into actual, understandable patterns for Ravelry. I am InnerWild on Ravelry.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014


Cotton plant bursting to clothe us and little bird liking to rest on our Inner Wild natural clothes.

Friday, 3 January 2014

welcome 2014

Many thanks to all my wonderful customers and friends for supporting Inner Wild, wilderness wear for dearhearts throughout 2013. Felicitations to all for 2014.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Bushranger Ball, Jenolan Caves, Australia

Sharing brilliant Aussie photographer Andrew Goldie's recent portraits taken at the Bushranger Ball held at Jenolan Caves, New South Wales, Australia.

The Ball is held to celebrate Beard Season

Grow on.