It has been a very busy month here with us. While I have been concentrating on the ongoing preparations for Creative Course 3, which we hope to bring to you early next year, Jade has been knitting new colourways and heading out on new shoots. The Persian Tiles Wrap from the book A Collector's Item can now be seen in a beautiful and subtle colourway of Golden Plover and Spindrift. We also collectively knitted up a new version of the Hirta Hat Set in main colours of Pebble Beach and Golden Plover with contrasts of Spindrift, Driftwood and Corncrake. I took on the gloves while Jade made the beret just in time for a photoshoot in the hills of Scotland. This set was made to go along with the new Persian Tiles; you can see the final outfits here on Rebecca and Emma in glorious moorland autumn colours.
We are now in the runup to Xmas, which does increase postal times worldwide due to extra packages in the system and the possibility of adverse weather conditions. We advise our international customers to order by the beginning of December for the potential of delivery by Xmas day. Orders can still be placed after that time but may not arrive before the 25th of December. For UK customers we advise to order before Monday 18th December for potential delivery by Xmas.
We will be taking our annual Xmas holiday and our website will close to physical orders from 10am on Wednesday 20th of December until 10am on Sunday 7th of January. Orders placed by 10am on Wednesday the 20th will be despatched by Friday 22nd of December. During this period you will still be able to purchase and access Creative Course 1, Creative Course 2, the Infinite Cable Class, Beginners Weaving and Woven Design Plans from our www.steek.scot website, which will remain open to orders throughout. We will also continue to monitor our emails for questions about existing orders, courses and classes over the holiday season.
Over the last few months, as well as completing the final Queen of the Waves designs, we have also been working on the next part of the St Kilda Collection – the House of Feathers. This series of designs is based on the birds of the St Kilda Archipelago and on the women who frequently looked like birds themselves as they expertly toiled to pluck millions of feathers for export so that they could continue to live in their extraordinary world. The very first design will be out next month, and it will be a familiar one which has been much requested as a patterncard kit - the Raven Capelet - which seems a fitting way of introducing the House of Feathers.