Last week my other half and I went to Edinburgh for a few days. It was my first time there and was looking forward to it very much, the castle, the old town, the musea and of course their yarn shops and their Scottish yarns.
The city is quite nice, easy to walk around and even though they don’t have many bike paths there are a few cyclists, all of them very well equipped with a safety vest. Something that got my attention was the huge amount of cashmere and wool shops, selling scarfs and skirts among other things, but there weren’t as many pubs as I would expect. Somehow I was expecting something similar to Dublin (oh! I love Dublin!), where you can find pubs in almost every corner. Anyway there a couple of places I would definitely recommend, The Mussel and Steak Bar, the Advocate, Bennets Bar, The Holyrood 9A (check the map below).
The trip by train to Pitlochry is beautiful; first you cross Forth Bridge where you get to see Edinburgh’s bay and then the landscape along is just amazing. Pitlochry is a little nice town where you can walk around, see some old buildings, mountains and of course sheep.
We crafters know is well worth it to visit the yarn shops wherever you go, you never know which yarn or tools you will find in that new candy store. So we visited a few of them.
You should be aware that knitting shops have something special. We walked into this one and by chance we met a friend from Amsterdam! so we bought yarn, had coffee and enjoyed our trip together!
It is a nice shop with a great selection of local hand dyed yarns, Old Town, Jamieson’s of Shetland, Harris Tweed Yarns…
When I saw the last pink-purplish tweed hank of Old Town I knew it, it has to be mine!
This shop is a chain that carries well-known brands; I found there a nice Scottish tweed yarn that couldn’t resist buying.
This little cosy shop was my favourite by far. Kathy knows her yarn, she was happily knitting, enjoying herself; she showed us (my other half is learning a lot too!) different Scottish yarns from Shetland and other islands, samples, colours, tools… She told us stories about the sheep and how some of her yarns are made. I just loved it, you could tell she loves what she does, I’ll be happy to go back and buy more treasures from her!
I was able to admire, squeeze and even bring with me some of her jewels:
Have a look at the Yarn Festival they had last summer. I hope we can go to the next one.