Welcome to Sanday

an island full of spinners

Sanday is a very special and wholly different place in which to live and work. We want that difference to show in our dealings with you and we hope that you will find us approachable and friendly and that our site will be engaging and informative. We are not “just another online shop” and we plan to become every spinner’s first stop for community resources. Do read more about us and our history if you have the time, and please feel absolutely comfortable about contacting us at any time. You can follow us at Twitter and at Facebook. We shall be very happy to make your acquaintance. The Sanday difference shows, please tell your friends

What we do

tools and equipment for crafters Find out more about what we do and sell
  • Ashford

    We sell Ashford Spinning and Weaving equipment at very competitive prices, and postage and packing on Ashford wheels and looms is free of charge to all UK purchasers. There will always be some really exceptional Special Offers available, particularly our discounts on combination purchases. Please take a look at these before buying.

  • Sanday hand-crafted

    We are proud to sell a range of locally sourced hand-made items, including hand-turned spinning tools made by Jim Towrie – our Sanday Niddy Noddy is our most popular sale.    

  • Courses

    If you do not already spin, we can teach you how — why not book an Introduction to Spinning course. Courses offer individual attention and are tailored to your needs. Beginner spinners can benefit from our new Learn to Spin kit. If you buy one of these kits, we’ll knock a little extra off the […]

  • Fleece

    Spinners, we have a small quantity of whole raw fleeces from Gill’s own Hillside flock of rare breed sheep, raised here on Sanday. Gill keeps Shetland, Hebridean and Jacob sheep and some cross-breeds.

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On the blog...

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  • I’ve finished knitting the Shawl!

    I’ve finished the last edging, and grafted the end of that to the start of the first side’s edging. Next time I do this shawl (!), I’ll do a provisional cast on for that so that the grafting is completely smooth. It’s pretty good as it is though. Now to stitch up the gaps with […]

  • More Shawl Progress

    After the hiccup last week of having to tink a couple of peaks, I set off in a forward direction again (being more particular about checking my yarn-overs) and, thanks to two hours at the Heritage centre and an hour’s keyholding at the swimming pool yesterday, I’ve now only seven peaks to go. Then I […]

  • Tinking – the gentle art of knitting backwards

    My shawl has been going really well. I’ve been adding to the peaks of the edging here and there, and glancing at my progress as I go. But, the other day when I held up the shawl to admire it, I could see a hole at the join between the edging and the border! I […]