Ruairí, woad and mullein


Hi folks, welcome to the S Twist Blog. For a while I’ve been looking for a way to communicate better the whats, hows and whys of what I do, and I hope that this will be the place and medium to do it.

However, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do this alone, so I called in the heavy guns to help me out. I am happy to announce that Ruairí from Craw crafts beasties is here to help out. Ruairí will be responsible for social media and blogging.

Ruair chillin

As you might have noticed, Ruairí is all S Twist Yarn, his hair and jumper are from the sock weight grey overdye range and his body from our double ply, wool / nylon mix. We don’t like to talk about it, but his insides are Galway fleece. If you have some time, take a look around the Craw crafts website, the photos are wonderful.

It’s hard to believe that the Edinburgh Yarn Festival was two weeks ago, especially as our parcels from packing up after still haven’t arrived. Actually, most of my time since then has been taken up with that. The fair itself was amazing. For starters, it was our first time exhibiting at an event like this, lots of jitters and excitement. Secondly, it was very well organised and everything went very smoothly. Thirdly, Edinburgh is one of our favourite trip spots. It’s great for a short get away. Half way through setting up, everything literally fell around my ears. However, after about 6 hours things were taking shape:

Edin kk19

One of my aims for the next time is to have it all up and ready in about 2 hours. We had a competition to choose Ruairí‘s name at the fair and online. We had loads of good suggestions but he ended up choosing the Irish for ‘Red King’, it fits well with his hair colour, origin and delusions of grandeur. The winner was Rosy:

Edin kk28

Rosy decided on a skein of blue, hand spun wool / alpaca mix. The best of luck with that Rosy. Perhaps the high point of the festival was meeting so many like minded from so many different places. That was great.

After the festival, we went down to Tipperary for Easter. In my innocence,  I had thought that the courier would have delivered the packages from Edinburgh by that time.

Some of you may know that I’ve been building up a dye garden and experimenting with getting good, fast natural colours. The mullein crop is looking really good.


It’s a difficult plant to work with, but I have been having good results with it. I once read that it was considered ‘one of the four great Irish dyes’. Unfortunately, I can’t find or remember the source.

The woad is coming along well, but I wish it wasn’t flowering so early, the weather could still get very cold.

Woad resized

A lot of the other plants I look for haven’t come out yet.

I will get back to chasing up lackadaisical couriers and lost packages. There will be quite a few changes around here over the next while so watch out for those.