An Artist’s Life on a Tiny Island
Welcome to Sheepscot Harbor Yarns, located on tiny Davis Island in midcoast Maine. I am enveloped by both the beauty of the sky and the water. The clear sea air and the calm harbor waters are an inspirational spark for creativity. Life and knitting are easy….just as it should be.
My studio is perched on a rocky ledge overlooking Sheepscot Harbor. Is there any doubt that being surrounded by nature’s true blues create an addiction to dyeing with indigo? I call indigo “blue magic”, as I spend many happy days dipping yarn into the kettle pools of the natural dye, always surprised at what might emerge. It is a visual evolution of color development. Where science meets art.
Knitting has always been my passion. Hours and hours can go by before the blue skies suddenly transition to a breathtaking sunset. Time to stop and take notice- almost spiritual in nature.
My personal challenge is to design wearable art, all hand crafted, set distinctly apart from anything that can be mass produced or made by machinery. In recent years I have paid tribute to my Scottish heritage by creating classic tam o’shanters. Some designs are traditional, some have a modern graphic flair. All are a kaleidoscope of color, are warm and practical.
I would like to acknowledge Mary Rowe, the expert on all things “tams”. I have knit dozens of her designs, and you may see her influence in some of my tam motifs. Please enjoy the gallery below and maybe even be inspired to knit a “little work of art” yourself.
Thank you so much for visiting my little island Shangri-La, and I hope to leave with you, as the song goes, “a peaceful, easy feeling.”
Linda Margaret MacGregor Perry