Tuesday, 30 November 2010

ragamuffin loves...personal shopping!

Well...all that heavy snow has taken us quite by surprise! If you are having trouble reaching us but would like to buy a gift for your nearest and dearest, give us a call! We can make helpful suggestions, select something fabulous, wrap it and post it out!

Call the Edinburgh shop on: 0131 557 6007
Call the Isle of Skye store on: 01471 844 217

We are like Santa's little helpers!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

ragamuffin loves...our customers

This is Nicola and her husband, some of our customers, enjoying our christmas party. As you can see Nicola is expertly modeling her previous purchases from ragamuffin.

ragamuffin loves... christmas trees and decorations

Heres the skye shop all decorated for our christmas party. You can almost hear the sleigh bells outside.

Friday, 19 November 2010

ragamuffin loves...winter visiters

isn't he so cute! we think he was trying to get a sneak preview of the skye shop before our christmas party tomorrow. cheeky.

ragamuffin loves...our own efforts - part 3

yeh! santa has finally been joined by some chums.

ragamuffin loves...our own efforts - part 2

We too are feeling pleased with our crafting here in Edinburgh and have (rather ambitiously) attempted the whole nativity in tweed! Here are a couple of pics of the pieces so far...

The whole thing has gone on display in the shop window on the Royal Mile today and we will post a pic when we manage to take a good one!

ragamuffin loves...our own efforts - part 1

We are feeling very pleased with ourselves on the Isle of Skye after making a lovely, tweedy Santa! Reindeer and elves to follow shortly!

ragamuffin loves...Christmas competitions!

Ok, it is now nearing the end of November so we think we can safely mention the dreaded "C" word! Given that the tweed competition in summer was such a success we thought we'd do it all again but with a festive theme so...

* Buy some more of our gorgeous Shetland tweed (once again all proceeds go to charity)

*Make a fabulous CHRISTMAS themed item

*Take a photo of it

*Email it to us: ragamuffin@madasafish.com

*Most creative items win prizes!

We can't wait to see your creations - the competition launches today and last date for entries is Christmas eve. Good luck and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

ragamuffin loves...sleat!

Who wouldn't want to visit Sleat - the garden of Skye! We are there for starters and it is so beautiful! If you fancy visiting have a look at www.visitsleat.org first. It is a great website that tells you everything you'd need to know about the area. Hope to see you soon!

Saturday, 9 October 2010

ragamuffin loves...teddy bears!

Look at this cute bear, made by Nicky. She bought some Colinette fandango yarn from us during the August bank holiday weekend and made this little fellow! The pattern is Otto by Ysolda Teague (available online). Please send us more pictures of your knitting adventures - we are always delighted to see them!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

ragamuffin loves...men who knit!

We were so happy to get a competition entrant (and indeed winner) of the male variety and it got us thinking about men and knitting...we came across a fantastic online community called Men Who Knit and, through them, found this amazing book - The Manly Art of Knitting! What could be more macho than a knitting cowboy? A knitting policeman...construction worker...biker...
Find out more at: www.menwhoknit.com

ragamuffin loves...and the winners are...

After much deliberation we have decided on joint winners for the charity tweed competition! We loved the sheer creativity of Dawn's introvert/ extrovert bag and the whimsical silliness of Edward's teapot. Hooray...enjoy spending your gift vouchers!

A special mention to our three runners up: Rachel, Marice and Joanna who all win a prize for their efforts. Once again, thanks so much for helping us raise money for such worthy causes.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

ragamuffin loves...donkeys!

Lesley just adopted a gorgeous donkey for each branch! Edinburgh got the shy and gentle Timothy and Skye got the very gorgeous and cheeky cocoa! They are so sweet. They work for EST and help children with disabilities and learning dificulties to develop their confidence and have fun all at the same time. They also visit the elderly in care homes (yes, they go inside and even in lifts!) Find out more at: http://www.elisabethsvendsentrust.org.uk/ it is such an amazing organisation.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

ragamuffin loves...wrapping up!

Ahhh...our favourite time of year is fast approaching and we can get out all of our cosy cardis, scarves and hats! I know...it's sad but we spend all year surrounded by beautiful knits - we'll be delighted to wear them again!

ragamuffin loves...autumnal clothes!

Here is another last minute entry to the competition, from Kristen. It is a beautiful shape and once again we are so impressed by not only the design, but the photography - gorgeous! Kristen has a lovely blog http://www.kristenmakes.wordpress.com/ check it out!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

ragamuffin loves...tea!

How did Edward, from Brighton, know our favourite tipple here at ragamuffin was tea? He's entered the competition with this jolly teapot, "I wanted to have time to make cups as well, but oh well" he writes! We urge him to make the cups...we want to see his tea set complete, we love it so much!

ragamuffin loves...dedicated crafting

We still have a few competition entries to post. This jacket, by Ellen in Newton Stewart was made during a bout of pneumonia...
now that's dedication for you!

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

ragamuffin loves...more entries!

We actually got to see this entry in the flesh and took a picture of one of our Skye gals wearing it. It is so beautifully constructed - well done Vanya from Oban!

ragamuffin loves...fashion tweed!

Wow...not only did rachel make a fantastic shooting vest but she styled a fashion shoot too! Well done! Don't forget there is still time to get your entries in, you have until midnight...

Sunday, 29 August 2010

ragamuffin loves...mini ragamuffins!

Angie has made her very own little ragamuffin, complete with a gorgeous red tweed coat! What a great entry to our competition, thanks. Don't forget to submit your entry by Tuesday to be in with a chance of winning!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

ragamuffin loves...outrageous compliments!

"My husband and I went for our 10th anniversary trip to Scotland and we spent a couple of days in Edinburgh. On Royal Mile, I saw the prettiest clothes I ever saw and stopped for a while to look closer. My husband took a picture of me standing in front of the shop", writes Anne, from Finland. She sent us this fab photo of herself standing outside. The windows look so dramatic by night!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

ragamuffin loves...finding a new favourite blog!

We are so pleased! Entries to our competition are now flooding in and we are loving this stylish bag by Marice, from Inverness. She has a fantastic blog, Marice's World, which we will gleefully follow! Check it out.

ragamuffin loves...split personalities!

Wow...this entry to our competition from Dawn is mind blowing! Even more so since she she only bought the tweed last week. What imagination! Think you can create something as amazing as Dawn? Hurry - you've got just under a week left to get your entry to us! Competition closes on 31st August.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

ragamuffin loves...creative use of tweed!

We knew her entry would be good, but Sue has surpassed herself with this glorious little bird in her nest!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

ragamuffin loves...our new member of staff!

Despite initially ruffling a few feathers, our new staff member Euan is settling in nicely. Here is Islay showing him the ragamuffin ropes!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

ragamuffin loves...being creative!

Wow! This entry to our competition has blown us away - it is exquisite! Thanks to Asia, all the way over in Prague, for sending it in.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

ragamuffinloves...pipe fest!

Wow...look what's happening in Edinburgh today - Pipe Fest 2010! They@ve all marched past us on their way to Holyrood park...stirring stuff!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

ragamuffin loves...more competition entries!

Here's another entry to our great charity competition! Polly, from Haddington, has made this tiny, sweet heart keyring...

Keep up the good work!

ragamuffinloves...new jellycat!

So cute and cuddly, we love getting a big delivery full of jellycat! Look what happened when they made it up to Skye last week!