Winter was a good time to get some odd jobs out of the way. I spent a few evenings sorting out my 2017 Hebridean wool and getting that sent off to be spun into yarn. I tried this last year and it was very successful, so I have sent away more wool this time round. I hope the yarn will be back with me before the tourist season really kicks-in, and that I can get the yarn back into shops. In all the years I have been producing wool, last year was the first time I actually made any profit on it all, so sending it away is a no-brainer.
The same applies to lamb skins. When I sent lambs to my local abattoir last year, I requested that they kept the skins for me. I would return the day after dropping- off lambs and collect the skins. I had a pallet at home where I salted the skins and stored them for a few months. In February I loaded up the skins and took them to the neighbouring island of Skye to be processed at the tannery there, Skyeskyns, and I should have these back in early Spring too.
Two wee sideline operations that have proven very popular in the past, and hopefully will again this year.