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Why “Shepherd’s Sky?”

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

– Goethe


Welcome to my blog!  I’ll be telling the tale of creating a new career for myself late in life as yarn shop owner, fiber artist, and promoter of fiber farmers, fiber artists, and regional and fair trade natural fiber yarns.  I’ll also relate some of my travels and connections to places that nurture me.

Why “Shepherd’s Sky?”  Besides a connection to wool (or other fiber) and the fiber farmer (or shepherd), in Scotland (and the UK) there is a well-known weather saying:

Red sky at night; shepherd’s delight,
Red sky in the morning; shepherd’s warning.

In the US it is most often used with “sailor’s” replacing “shepherd’s.”  (You can check Wikipedia for more discussion on why it is often true that weather is fine the day following a red sunset.)  There is a nice reference to shepherd’s sky in the song by the Scottish folk singer Emily Smith called “Sunset Hymn” on her CD Too Long Away.  (You can search on you tube if you’d like to listen.)

The photo above is one of the red sky nights we had visiting Scotland last summer.