I am still walking on clouds after an amazing trip to the UK to visit my sister in England, and attend the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I met scores of mind-blowingly talented people, pet (and purchased) exquisite wool, and fell in love with one of the most magical cities I’ve ever visited. My camera didn’t come out of my pocket nearly enough, mostly because I was having too much fun to stop and take photos, but what follows is my humble attempt to capture just a bit of my wonderful trip.
I began in Peterborough, England for a visit with my sister Lisa, who moved there two years ago.
We walked past adorable cottages on our way to Lisa’s local pub . . .
. . . visited charming nearby towns with lovely old churches . . .
. . . and pretty stone buildings with lichen covered roof tops.
We enjoyed a decadent afternoon tea at a cozy inn in the town of Stamford. . .
. . . ate dinner at a centuries old pub in Stilton (yes, I ate cheese there) . . .
. . . and enjoyed a beer in a pub built in a cave in Nottingham (I did not see the sheriff).
After a week with my sister, I hopped on a train and headed up to Edinburgh. When I sat down in my assigned seat on the train, I discovered a knitter weaving in ends in the seat oposite. After a brief polite exchange about our common interest I pulled out my phone to scroll through my Instagram feed. What a shock to see the piece of knitting on my travel companion’s lap in my Instagram feed! It turns out that the knitter sitting opposite was none other than the madly talented, brilliant, Knitsonik! Yes, that Knitsonik of the instant classic, Knitsonik’s Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook. I adore my copy and could not have been more in awe when I discovered it was Felicity sitting across from me. I admit I gushed and stammered for a few minutes before the two of us fell into a conversation that made the 4 hour trip fly by.
The Edinburgh Yarn Festival started the next day and was filled with gorgeous yarn in delectable bright colors like these at the Travelknitter booth.
As well as exquisitely subtle colors like these at the Eden Cottage Yarns booth. (I bought yarn from both.)
Jule’s booth at Woollenflower was particularly appealing with it’s beautiful naturally dyed yarns, stunning colorwork cowls, tweedy hand-sewn zippered pouches, and pretty vintage suitcase displays. I bought two skeins of Jule’s alpaca/silk/cashmere one dyed with madder root and the other with buckthorn.
And the display at Emma Lamb’s booth made me want to drop everything and crochet.
I met the supremely talented Kate Davies — Thea and I had our photo taken with her.
As Sonya and Ellen chatted with Susan Crawford about her upcoming book, The Vintage Shetland Project, I looked on and admired all of their colorful knits. (Sonya is wearing her Liz Christy, and Ellen is sporting her Stopover, Susan is wearing what I presume to be one of her lovely patterns, but I’m not sure which.)
Speaking of lovely knits, check out Thea’s Milk Stout — she released the pattern shortly before leaving for Scotland. I’ve added this one to my list. If only I had 8 arms to knit all the things I want to knit.
Edinburgh is truly a magical place. Turn a corner and you find a beautiful intersection of centuries old buildings framed by cobblestone streets. . .
. . . or hike up Salisbury Crags — just on the edge of the city — for amazing views. I had the best time hiking and chatting with Dianna Walla of Paper Tiger and Cake & Vikings, and hearing about her life in Tromsø, Norway. (Thea and Bex were there too, hundreds of yards ahead of us, scrambling to the top like a pair of mountain goats.)
Leaving wasn’t easy, but Edinburgh true to form, even gives us beauty from the train platform with views of fairytale castles.