This afternoon’s ward ceilidh hadn’t started up again, so I found myself facing an afternoon of admin. My phone lit up with a little text from Cathy saying that she fancied enjoying the sunshine, so I thought about possibilities. Our Cuimhne Symposium is coming up and this morning’s Skype with Paul Thomas & Philly Hare from DEEP left us considering what to put on a flyer to welcome DEEP group members over to the island. Also our wonderful Lucy Robertson is here, working on Intelligent Textiles projects, involving wools and tweeds.
Cathy and I headed out westside with only a vague plan – we took some images to welcome people along at Callanish Stones and Carloway Broch and then found ourselves at Carloway Mill, where, after choosing some tweed in the shop, wonderfully, one of the guys had a wide enough gap between work tasks to give us a personalised tour around.
Cathy knew many of the processes from the days when she needed to fill the ‘bobbans’ after school but we were both amazed by the mixing process and the huge machines for washing and dyeing. Thanks so much to the Carloway Mill team for such an unexpected and welcome tour. The tweed Cathy chose will be in Lucy’s hands tomorrow. And we came away with a couple of handfuls of dyed wool, mixed wool and carded wool for the memory boxes. Big bonus!