|Young Rascal wearing Brora cashmere.|
Balmoral Teddy wearing his own fur.
|The Scottish countryside from the car. It's impossible to take a bad picture of|
this sort of beauty, even with Ol' Lead Foot MrBP driving.
Little did we know it at the time but we were in for an absolute treat of an afternoon: great conversation, new friends and a cashmere education all while touring the best cashmere mill in Scotland (and therefore the world)!
We began with the yarn, delicious large spools of cashmere yarn carefully dyed to Brora's own specifications in Elgin, Scotland. The yarn alone is extremely valuable and guarded with lock, key and then more security. How does one manufacture knitwear using something so precious? Very carefully, with the best machinery certainly, but more importantly with skilled craftspeople intervening every step of the way.
It was amazing to see stacks of Brora products making their way through the mill, so gorgeous in colour and so doted on by the many people working, and checking, every step of their journey.
|Gorgeous cashmere Brora gloves on their journey to warm and beautify hands all over the world.|
current bed socks are a slightly darker heather pink, so pretty and boudoir.
|Lovely lovely Brora cashmere socks. |
The cure for insomnia.
To see Brora cardigans and jumpers travel through the factory paying visits to all of the craftspeople was like following a riveting story... every step requires the utmost care and attention to the accompanying "ticket". The "ticket" is the work order that follows the package of sweaters, with detailed information on measurements and finish... every detail is checked along the way. There is no room for mistakes, with the beginning cashmere yarn so precious a fault along the way is a disastrous loss. I was amazed at the concentration and skill displayed by each and every craftsperson in the mill.
|Linty bits are not allowed.|
|Gorgeous plum mauve cashmere. |
That would ease the sting of winter!
Brora Cashmere Hoody is a very popular item that returns every year and is collected by Brora fans.
|Expert pressing of a lovely long Brora cardigan.|
|More fair isle, look at that gorgeous cobalt blue!|
|Cropped cardigan in Seville: I've been dreaming of you.|
|DaniBP in a state of Utter Happiness amongst the Brora Archives.|
(Thank you as well to a Little Birdie (aka Tabitha) who wrote to Brora to tell them I'd be in the UK. You did me a very kind favour my friend, it was such an opportunity, one I'll never forget.)
What's next? Well I'm spending my days waiting for Brora's Autumn collection to arrive on the website of course, but in the meantime I have more to share from our trip so please stay tuned...
Be Good and Have Fun,