A couple of weeks ago I went along to the opening of the Uist Wool Spinning Mill on Grimsay, North Uist. The mill is still a little way off spinning their first batch of yarn, but the mill building is ready and most of the machinery has been meticulously cleaned, fixed and installed. I was really impressed with progress. Roger and I went to a wool workshop at Grimsay last autumn and the foundations for the mill hadn’t even been dug yet then. Well done everyone!!
The ferry crossing from Skye to North Uist, one of the outer Hebrides, was very smooth on this misty Friday morning.
The weather cleared soon and the cycle ride to Grimsay was absolutely beautiful (and very quick, as I must admit to being lazy and accepting a lift for most of the way).
In the evening the mill was opened and everyone had a look around the spinning machinery. Here are a few pictures to give you a little impression of the operation.
The evening concluded with a piece of specially commissioned music by Padruig Morrison with Na h-Eileanaich. I really enjoyed it.
The next morning I cycled up to Lochmaddy at an unspeakably early hour and didn’t manage to take any pictures. Just as well probably.
We can hardly wait to see the first batch of yarn! We’ll keep an eye out for it from the other side of the Minch.