Cleaning our Felted Products

All of our felted products can be washed on a very gentle wool wash with no spin. They should be dried flat and can be ironed with a cool iron to flatten them. Our table mats and runners can be wiped with a damp cloth to remove dirt and liquids whenever spills occur, or after

Caring for your Sheepskin Rug

Our rugs can be washed many times on a wool wash with no spin. Make sure that you shake any loose dirt from the rug before washing. Dry gently by hanging wool side out in the air and when the wool is dry allow the skin side to be exposed to warm air, but not

Lambing on Auskerry

I love lambing time on the island though it is a very noisy affair with lambs and ewes constantly calling to each other. The majority of the time, North Ronaldsay, (Rollie) ewes have very few problems during lambing. Unlike ‘soft’ commercial breeds they do not need constant vigilance during lambing as they never need assistance

The Story of SS County Hastings

The Auskerry lighthouse is a distinctive feature on the island. Built in 1866 and standing at over 100 feet tall, it looks out across the flock and the surrounding stretches of water. Despite its imposing size and position, a number of ships have still managed to run aground on the treacherous hidden reefs below the

From Fleece to Yarn

Many of our customers want to know how the fleece that is keeping our sheep warm and dry today becomes their knitting project tomorrow, so here is the answer… In the summer months, using large shears we hand clip the fleece from our sheep and roll each one up before packing them into large bags

Five Ways to Wear Your Auskerry Scarf

So you’ve invested a fair bit of time and effort into completing your Auskerry scarf from our knitting kit and now you are looking for different ways to wear your latest creation. Here we give you five unique ways to wear your scarf. As a side note, wool insulates even when it is wet making

Five ways to wear your Aran Beanie

Perhaps you have been given an Isle of Auskerry Beanie hat or knitted one from one of our kits – we’ve put together some handy tips on how to wear it… Straight up This is the easiest way to style your beanie as you simply just put it on your head. If you are brave

The Story of the Lighthouse

Auskerry Lighthouse was built between 1864 and 1866 by pioneering lighthouse engineers David and Thomas Stevenson to light the north entrance to the Stronsay Firth. Attached to the lighthouse are two flat-roofed keepers’ flats; the lower one is used all year round as a store and the other is used occasionally in the summer. To

Lifestyle of a North Ronaldsay Sheep

The North Ronaldsay or ‘Rollie’ breed of sheep pre-dates the Iron Age. These rare and unique sheep do not need humans to help them in any way. Although it is possible (if often frustrating!) to gather them by human activity, it is not advisable to try using dogs. ‘Rollies’ have no respect for any canine

Hard Work = Free Fuel

Our life on Auskerry relies heavily on our supply of peat to keep our stove burning in order to provide us with hot water and a house warm enough to survive the long, dark nights of an Orcadian winter. We cut the peat out of the ground with an ‘L’ shaped, long handled knife known

Our Family Business

For the last 35 years we have been farming the isolated island of Auskerry. Our boys have grown up helping to round up the sheep for lambing and clipping; a job that involves a lot of running over this 250-acre island especially as North Ronaldsay sheep have no respect for sheepdogs and will jump straight