January is almost gone - much of the month has been spent creating a new catalogue which can be seen on our Anna Macneil website. The catalogue is in two formats - both pdf. One of them is a fairly simple version that will print out easily and should download quite quickly. The other is an embedded pdf. When it works it is very straightforward, with links to each page to make for easy navigation, but I have discovered that browser embedded pdf files are not supported by the Mac version of Firefox, so my apologies if this is your preferred method of web browsing. It's my preferred method, so I am very dissappointed that it doesn't work! If anyone reading this can offer a work-around I would be pleased to hear from you. In the meantime, if you want to see this version I can email you the pdf to open within Acrobat Reader.
I am working on the ecclesiastical side of things at the moment - four stoles (the photograph shows the work in progress) will shortly be heading across the pond to the USA and then I have to start work on some for down under. In amongst all that, Mary and I are busy building up stock ready for the tourist season.
Did you know that this is Scotland's year of Homecoming? Those with Scottish connections are being encouraged to come and visit, with lots of major events planned - see the Homecoming 2009 website for more information. One of the plus points of our current recession is that the pound's value has slumped, making a trip to Scotland much more affordable for those in foreign parts.
If you can't afford to make the trip in person, you can always buy something from Scotland! Our products are just about as Scottish as you can get. Not only are they made by Scots, in Scotland, using designs inspired by Scotland's history and landscape, but they are made from Harris Tweed which is hand woven in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland with wool from Scottish sheep!
In February I will be taking the ferry across the Minch to the Isle of Lewis to visit my mother and buy more tweed. So if you want something in a particular colour, this is a good time to tell me - email me your request at firstname.lastname@example.org