Top 5 in the Hat Parade

Readers, it’s been over a year since I declared my inability to finish knitting a hat in 1977 – The Hat from Hell Forty years on I’m overjoyed to share the news that the Great Hat Knitting Demon has been defeated and banished forever from the Kingdom of Dana. Let me share my quest with […]


Wool Clip 2017: Uist Wool wants your fleece! This year we are looking for: Cheviot/X Texel/X Suffolk/X Zwartbles Hebridean Pricing from £1 – £2 per kg depending on the wool type and grade. Crofters can drop fleeces at the Wool Centre on Grimsay, or call us to collect free-of-charge. Our experienced staff can advise on […]

Wool clip and sheep-talk

As the first clip of the year comes in to our wool shed here on Grimsay, it seems like a good time to discuss one of my favourite subjects: sheep and fibre. Let me talk you through our yarns; fibre by fibre, sheep by sheep. At Uist Wool we don’t dye any of our yarns, preferring instead […]

A Grey Area

  I’ve been thinking a lot about grey recently. I guess it’s the time of year. It’s a particularly evocative colour, used repeatedly as a motif in literature and movies. Even saying “grey” out loud is difficult to do without loading it with context. “What a grey day.”, or “It’s just a bit grey…”. F. Scott […]

The Hat from Hell

I have a small confession to make. In all honesty I’m not a natural-born knitter. The family tree weighs heavy on all branches with generations of wool-workers but the skill by-passed me….or so I thought. Once upon a time, the school days of young Dana were happy and carefree. Inspiring teachers (mostly), forging new friendships […]

Green Behind the Scenes

Uist Wool is a social enterprise; as such its role is to put something back into the surrounding community, to support and boost Uist from a human perspective, growing and building for the future. We’re extremely proud of this, and are proud to say so. What we don’t shout about very much are Uist Wool’s […]

Embrace the Neps!

Each day I’m working at Uist Wool a moment arrives, usually midway through the afternoon, when I need to get out of my office chair and go wandering onto the Mill floor, or up to the Wool Shed, or even to go and feed the cows on the croft here at Scotvein. (There’s something rather […]