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Since Friday, we have been very busy packing and dispatching yarn parcels for the Seven Skeins club.

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We are working hard, but oftentimes I find myself stopping just to admire and squoosh the lovely wool.

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The seven shades compete for my affections. At the moment I think my favourite is Haar – the silvery-grey natural fleece shade, inspired by cold sea mists.

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This weekend we’ve packed the majority of the airmail (we’re holding off sending Ireland, because of a postal strike). This was the scene when we finished last night.

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Now Tom is just heading off to the sorting office – the first of many trips today!

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Bruce was very excited to see that some parcels in this van-load were going to Labrador.

So if you are a club member, a parcel of yarn will be heading your way!

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We hope you are as batty about Buachaille as we are!

Love Kate, Tom, Mel, Gordon, Ivor and Bruce xx

111 thoughts on “Seven Skeins dispatch central

  1. What a wonderful collection of Seven Skeins 2015! Just read the dispatch story this morning 10/10 and the package arrived this afternoon. A pleasant surprise for me in Ohio, USA. Am just beginning to study and practice Fair Isle knitting, this yarn will be treasured, & look forward to the patterns coming next. Thank you for the yarn and all your diligent work.

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  2. A wonderful good-morning,

    may I announce the happy and sound birth of 7 children named Buachaille (is there some French in it?? please see the picture in the attachment i made this morning). The “kids” smell wonderfully sheepish, are soft in a pleasant way (not slippery soft which feels sometimes…puh, awkward and artificial), and they do have those clear-sight colours reminding me of their heritage.

    Many, many thanks from the new foster Mommy who is keenly awaiting the clothing process by next week.

    Wishing you, your family and mates a weekend full of rest, relax, good weather!! Best wishes, Sandy

    Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2015 06:33:22 +0000 To: s.ruhland@hotmail.de

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  3. What a delightful surprise for after work. My package was in the mail box today.
    Thank you so much from Vancouver, Canada.
    LOVE all the colours!

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  4. Eeek! It’s here! Amazing feel and the gorgeous smell of wool when the packet was opened made me swoon. Thank you so much. I am sitting marvelling at the colours.

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  5. I am so looking forward to receiving this package and the patterns. Someone said that it is like Christmas–I think that it is even better than Christmas! I’m sure that it will bring my knitting mojo back–don’t know where it has gone, but a difficult cardigan on tiny needles had something to do with it. All the colors look wonderful together in your photos. I must get over to Revelry to join Kate’s group :)

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  6. Dear Kate and co…I agree that getting to take a vicarious part in this whole project has been so great. Anxiously awaiting my package here in Connecticut where the air smells of fallen apples and the trees are beginning to turn…I love that you seem to have kept your smiles too…

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  7. An unexpected delight as i walked past my pigeon-hole at work – what an enticing package. I have to break off paper writing every so often for another peek and rummage. Thanks (and the bag just finishes off the whole experience).

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  8. So much looking forward to seeing this wool. Lovely colors and lovely idea behind it all.

    Could you tell those of us who are not in the know…Kate, Tom, Bruce, Mel….I know. Am thinking Gordon may be with Mel? Who is Ivor? If it is not impertinent to ask!!!

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  9. Can’t wait for the package to arrive! It looks like Bruce had lots of fun helping out :)
    Although I obviously wish the Irish An Post workers all the best, I’m feeling for those who now have to wait longer for their Buchaille… the agony!

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  10. I was so looking forward to being part of the club but alas I was too late!!! Your wool looks amazing, I could squish all day!! Here’s hoping there’s more to come. Thank you Kate, Tom, Mel, Gordon, Ivor and Bruce X X

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  11. Totally agree with all of the above and since I have been away for 20 + days I’m not sure what the code was that someone mentioned. Also awaiting the book of patterns and pictures and recipes!! thank you, all of you for your hard work.

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  12. I’m so excited! Reading the comments is like playing “where on the globe is the seven skeins club?” Can’t wait to see how long it may take to get to Vermont in the US! Seeing the colors next to each other really makes me happy that I was able to join the club!

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  13. How exciting! Even before I see the patterns, it looks like I’ll need to make something with multicoloured stripes in just the order that the skeins are laid out in the photos!

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  14. How I hate that my budget didn’t allow for this splurge just now! They look just delightful. I hope there will be a next time……..

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  15. Eagerly awaiting the package here in Seattle! Thanks so much, to the whole team for all the hard work — infinitely appreciated! And, I have loved reading all the updates on the blog — good to see that Bruce did not try to stow away this time!

    Cheers to you all!
    Liz in Seattle

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  16. Looking at the photos made me think of all you’ve accomplished in the last five years – you are amazing! I’m looking forward to using this yarn and feeling a tiny bit more connected to your world.

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  17. Is it weird for me to say “I love you”. I have been following your posts for some time now and have never written, but when I open my email I secretly hold my breath in hopes that you have posted something. Your pictures are breathtaking from the country side to your yarn and knit posts. I devour them all. I wish you continued health and prosperity and may your stash always be full.

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  18. The yarn looks beautiful in the pictures – looking forward to seeing it for real. Very exciting! Many thanks for all your hard work!

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  19. so very exciting! The Seven Skeins Club was my birthday present to me! Can’t wait to receive it – thanks for working so hard to get it winging on its way!

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  20. So exciting! It will definitely be something to knit your yarn after having had a glimpse at its production and knowing that this very same yarn is knitted all around the world by so many different fingers. I do really admire the energy and the strong will that’s behind your project. BRAVO from Geneva / Switzerland!

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  21. Mahalo for all the work! Loved learning about the process (just purchased two Soay wethers for my own sheep to shawl project).

    Can’t wait for the designs to use this lovely yarn.

    Waiting patiently in the Pacific Northwest…

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  22. I cannot tell you how excited I am! I’ll be waiting anxiously for my postal carrier every day. This may have the hubby wondering what’s going on! I love the pics of Bruce (1) helping to pack and (2) supervising Tom as he loaded parcels into the van. Truly a family affair.

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  23. So the Clan has had a gathering! I see by the pictures that Dubh Bruce, Protector of the most rare treasure, “Buachaille” is sharp on duty. No mishaps during the Packing, and the Mountains you finished! I’d say the whole Lot of Ya’s should have and extra tram after Laird Tom returns from the post. It is nice to know that you have many hands to share this mighty task…but all are smiling so it a task with Fun and Laughter I’ll bet! Thanks to all the Good Hands, Mel, Gordon and Ivor and of course, Kate and Tom, who had the good sense to come up with the idea of Home Grown Scottish Wool or the Treasure “Buachaille” as some know it and last but not least, The Mighty Black Bruce, the Guard and Protector of all..give Kate that face, you know the one, with the eyes, that’s right!,…she won’t be able to resist a few extra tatties for you!!!
    Thanks for including us and showing us the Beauty of Scotland!

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  24. The colors are so lovely! Am so excited that my package is on its way to me in the US. I think a Ravelry group would be so fun and helpful. Thanks for the chance to get this lovely yarn.

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  25. Happy birthday to me! Fall is here in Kentucky and now I have something yummy headed to my mail box. Yarn is WAY better than bills!

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  26. Thanks to the whole team for all the hard work of sending these wonderful skeins out into the world. Does it feel like you have sent your children out to fulfill their destiny? I will try to not haunt the post office here in Montana while I await arrival of my package. Congrats and well done!

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  27. WOW! Thanks so much for all the work from sheep to all of you! I am so excited to see this in person, as we all are! I am sure my favorite color will continue to change but I am loving those greys and the blue at the moment. Thanks again for all the hard work! I would say it is time for a nice stroll with Bruce on your lovely walking paths!

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  28. Hot damn! Waiting impatiently here in Virginia, USA. I second the request for a Ravelry 7 Skeins group. Thanks to all for their hard work, from the sheep who grew it to the folks (including Bruce, of course) who packaged & sent it.

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  29. I’m so excited! Hope it arrives before I leave for Skye with my dog and caravan for a week’s walking. Dark evenings, knitting and listening to Radio 4 or an audio book – heaven.

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    1. don’t water my mouth please.. hahaha.. your trip sounds great… I was just recently to Scotland … and now I will have to finish my recent project to be ready for the parcel… ciao ciao from Switzerland, Christa

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  30. And yet another Aussie who will be haunting the letterbox, even if these days it is only 10 mins away from KD central. The yarn will be a treasured memento of my time living in Scotland.

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  31. yippee!!
    It will be such a delight to hold + hug your yarn—the closest I will probably ever be to your Scotland.
    And I hope to make you proud by whatever I make!
    hugs to your crew + luv to you!!
    Teri
    Oregon
    x x x x x

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  32. Wow, what a great response, from Australia to Canada and all points in between. I know everyone will be delighted when they see and feel and work with the yarn, it really is special! Thank you Kate and your team for bringing something new and innovative to the industry.

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  33. You guys must be exhausted!! Thanks for sharing the photos, it’s very cool to see you all in the middle of all that assembly. Looking forward to seeing my little package arrive!!

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  34. Dear,dear,Kate, it looks to me like your leap into the yarn business was highly successful!I am so happy for you! I am anxiously awaiting arrival of the yarn and Oct. 16th for the first pattern.Yeah!

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  35. I share in the excitement and anticipation expressed by others who will now be watching for the post. Thank goodness Canada Post is not threatening to strike! I appreciate your description of the creation of this beautiful yarn, Kate. Your story inspired a trip to the only remaining mill in Western Canada which processes Canadian yarn. Custom Woolen Mills is located near Carstairs, Alberta. Thanks to you, I was able to identify some of the processes I was seeing in operation and found them to be fascinating.

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  36. Another excited southern Australian looking forward to a parcel of exquisite, truly nurtured yarn arriving soon! The colours look magnificent, and I’m looking forward to seeing, feeling and knitting Buachialle. Thanks Kate, Tom, and Bruce.

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  37. Beyond excited! I can’t wait to experience the yarn in all its splendour. I hope you are all able to take a well earned break after packing/posting the mountain of yarn. Thanks for all the behind the scenes posts, they are very interesting.

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  38. So so so excited! Thank you team Kate Tom Bruce and friends for all the bundling and packing and posting. Even though we have just gone from 14 degrees to a horrid 35 in a matter of days here in Melbourne Australia I am looking forward to cool summer evening knitting with those gorgeous shades of Buachialle. Also lovely to see in these replies that other Aussies are also standing by their letter boxes in anticipation…

    Susan

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  39. If you have time Kate, it would be interesting to see a map of where in the world you have sent skeins to. (Not so far to me, I’m down the road in Glasgow). Or how about a Ravelry group for the Seven Skeins Club?! Go on, you know you want to!

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  40. This is what a production line should look like; relaxed but busy and British. Am I allowed to say that? Anyway, I am going about my day as normal but inside thrilled that these hanks of happiness are on their way to me. Highland coo colour for me – I keep seeing that cow’s face and know he wasn’t harmed in the making of this; he just provided inspiration.

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  41. Hi Kate
    Wonderful to see your new enterprise launching. Will you have any yarn left to sell as I have not subscribed to the seven skeins club. have knitted your patterns and follow the blog and would love to sample some of your yarn
    best wishes Sue

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  42. This is so much fun, being privy to the entire production process from raw fleece to final packaging. The anticipation builds! Thanks a bunch to the entire work crew! Hope you can take a well-deserved break after all the packages are sent….

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  43. Wow that is a lot of parcels and a lot of hard work for you, Tom and your team. Not forgetting Bruce of course whom I’m sure directed operations. I’m so looking forward to receiving my parcel. Thank you.

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