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TITLE
Spinning yarn in Kyle Rona
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMACKENZIE_011
PLACENAME
Island of Rona
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
CREATOR
Julia Mackenzie
SOURCE
Julia Mackenzie
ASSET ID
28856
KEYWORDS
Hebrides
Hebridean
islanders
islands
crofting
crofter
crofters
croft
crofts
net
nets
fishing net
fishing nets
spinning
spinning wheel
knitting
Spinning yarn in Kyle Rona

This photograph was taken on the Island of Rona which lies off the north end of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides. It was provided by Julia Mackenzie and shows her mother spinning in Kyle Rona.

Julia Mackenzie was born on Eilean Tighe (Island of the House) in 1923 and later moved to the larger island of Rona. In the late 1990s she revisited Eilean Tighe which is now deserted. This visit prompted her to write a book about her childhood memories of island life. In 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' she describes a domestic scene:

'Another winter night's work was mending the nets ready for the fishing. Father would suspend the net from a beam and with his ball of twine and mending hook, he was an expert at it. During the war years, he made hair-nets for my mother from knitting wool. These 'snoods', as they were called, were very popular at the time. Thinking of these winter nights brings to mind a lovely homely scene - father mending his nets and mother in the corner with her spinning wheel, making her own knitting wool, ready for making socks and jumpers for the family and, during the War years, many woollen comforts for the servicemen.'

'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' is available for purchase from Blythswood Bookshops. All proceeds go towards the work of Blythswood Care

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Spinning yarn in Kyle Rona

INVERNESS: Portree

Hebrides; Hebridean; islanders; islands; crofting; crofter; crofters; croft; crofts; net; nets; fishing net; fishing nets; spinning; spinning wheel; knitting

Julia Mackenzie

This photograph was taken on the Island of Rona which lies off the north end of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides. It was provided by Julia Mackenzie and shows her mother spinning in Kyle Rona.<br /> <br /> Julia Mackenzie was born on Eilean Tighe (Island of the House) in 1923 and later moved to the larger island of Rona. In the late 1990s she revisited Eilean Tighe which is now deserted. This visit prompted her to write a book about her childhood memories of island life. In 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' she describes a domestic scene:<br /> <br /> 'Another winter night's work was mending the nets ready for the fishing. Father would suspend the net from a beam and with his ball of twine and mending hook, he was an expert at it. During the war years, he made hair-nets for my mother from knitting wool. These 'snoods', as they were called, were very popular at the time. Thinking of these winter nights brings to mind a lovely homely scene - father mending his nets and mother in the corner with her spinning wheel, making her own knitting wool, ready for making socks and jumpers for the family and, during the War years, many woollen comforts for the servicemen.'<br /> <br /> 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' is available for purchase from Blythswood Bookshops. All proceeds go towards the work of Blythswood Care