Back on the Blog-Wagon

It’s been a while and I thank you all for hanging in there! What have you been up to?

I’ve been knitting a lot (amongst other things), but I’m really bad at updating my Ravelry Projects, so here a little summary of my FOs:

20140302-161730.jpgKathleen by Jane Richmond was 2013′s favourite hat-pattern for me and I made 5 of them in different colours. This green one is made with Cascade 220 (my “desert island yarn” :-). It’s slightly too short for me (I was running out), so I donated it to Be Inspired Fibres in Marchmont as a sample since Mei stocks the yarn.

My sweater projects included Antler, a 4-ply sweater by Ankestrick 20140302-162005.jpg. The construction method really intrigued me as most raglan sweaters simple don’t fit me very well. 20140302-162020.jpgThis pattern uses saddle shoulders and contiguous sleeves and makes for a much better fit and interesting knit. I will be back for more of her patterns!

My favourite 2013 project would have to be Ysolda’s Strokkur, about which you can find an older blog-post here.

Other rec20140302-162038.jpgent FOs include a Hitchhiker (red/blue 20140302-161935.jpgZauberball), a Simmerdim and his’n her hats (very cheesy, I know).

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Follow Your Arrow
Many of you have participated in Ysolda’s fabulous “Follow-Your-Arrow” KAL and I have received lots of messages requesting info about where to buy Yarn Pony yarns. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to run and service an online shop and
2014 will see me committing most of my time to other (yarn-related) projects, so there will be very little yarn-dyeing, but there might just be the occasional delivery to The Woolly Brew or Kathy’s Knits. I’ll keep you posted.20140302-161810.jpg
20140302-161912.jpgI’ve started the KAL too, but then got distracted by other things, so I don’t have an FO to show, only my colour choices and the WIP. The colours are “Silberling” and “Roman Coin”. Right, off to find that project and put a few more rows in…


Dyeing-Workshops
To keep my studio going, I will offer some weekend dyeing-workshops again. Apologies if you’ve put your name down but haven’t heard anything for a while, I’ll be in touch in the next week or so. There will also be a separate blog-post about this.


Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015
You might or might not know that Jo and I are the organisers of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015. As such, more blogging will be going on on that site in the next 12 months. Please subscribe to updates over on that site if you want to follow us in the run-up to Scotland’s biggest urban yarn festival (insert excited squeek here).
Jo and I are knee-deep in planning for EYF 2015 and if you subscribe to the EYF 2015 website, then you will be amongst the first to hear the exact where and when first. We had (and still have) to deal with some serious “grown-up” stuff to lay the foundations for this and are hoping that we can finally reveal the exact where and when REALLY soon. The festival will be in March again and it will be in Edinburgh.
When we organised last year’s event, Linda was part of the team, but she since left Scotland returning to her native Sweden. Say hello to her on Ravelry or check out her blog.

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from left to right: a knackered post EYF me, Linda, Jo


Keeping it in the family
In January one of my sisters visited and I’m extremely please that I managed to infect her with the yarn-bug. She is now obsessed with knitting and regularly tries to raid my stash. It seems that I have created a monster20140302-162227.jpg :-)20140302-162251.jpg
Both of my sisters are extremely creative (one being a Goldsmith, the other a Tailor) and it takes something really interesting to take them away from their other pursuits. Sonja takes like a fish to water when it comes to learning things she enjoys. To give you an idea of her interest, here her first lace project…DSC_0074

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Trunkshow at Be Inspired Fibres

At a loose end this Saturday? I’ll be at Mei’s shop in Marchmont for a trunkshow from around 10am – come along!* Apart from my goodies being on offer, there is loads more to squish and fondle.

Hope to see you there!

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Fancy making a Strokkur? Mei’s the only Lopi Stockist In Edinburgh and Ysolda’s pattern is available there too. I made this one (above), which I’ll bring along,  and Mei’s made another beautiful version in an olive green colour. Must have sweater when living in Edinburgh!

*Please note that the shop is not accessible in a wheelchair, there are about 3 steps leading up from street-level, see below.

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Yarn Pony Open Studio Day tomorrow!

To celebrate my one year anniversary of moving into my studio, I’ll be opening the doors tomorrow (Saturday, 12th October 2013, 11am-6pm) to you to come and visit!
Come for a tea/coffee/cake, chat, knit and browse yarn. There will also be a yarny giveway drawn amongst visitors on the day too!

There’s loads more to see in the building tomorrow and for the next week, have a look here. Also, Jess’ GingerTwistStudio is located just up the road!

My studio is on the 4th floor and the number is 4.26. It’s fully accessible with loads of free parking on site and lifts in the building.

Hope to see you there!
St. Margaret’s House
(formerly artscomplex)
151 London Road
Edinburgh
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St.Abbs Wool Festival – 2nd November 2013

I’ll be at the St.Abbs Wool Festival in November again this year!
If you fancy a nice day day out and like to combine woolly things with a great walk in spectacular landscape, this is for you. The venue also has a great wee cafe with home baking. Some pictures of the fantastic coastal walk I did not long ago will be posted here in a few days time. In the mean time, why not hop over to their new facebook page? Just look for “St Abbs Wool Festival”

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Jennie Howes from skybluepink-designs is organising this this year and I think a couple of stalls are still available. Get in touch with her!

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Strokkur Love

Remember my Strokkur I finished a couple of weeks back? The details of my project can be found here and if you are interested in seeing a finished one, then pop into Be Inspired Fibres in Marchmont in the next couple of weeks where you can see this one on display.
Mei sells the pattern and the original Lopi yarn for the sweater, so you can start your project straight-away. It only took me a couple of weeks to knit it and this was my first proper colour-work project. What are you waiting for? :-)

Blocking Strokkur…it took 5 days for mine to dry thoroughly!

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Posing at St.Abbs Head Lighthouse…

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The original: Even though the colours I used are very similar, only the yellow is an exact match in comparison to Ysolda’s choice.

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Great way to use up your left-overs:
lopi-mittens by Marcia Lewandowski from her book “Folk Mittens”.

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I gifted the mittens to my friend Nicola, as they came out quite small.

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Handmade in the UK…

Yesterday was one of the hottest days of the year in Edinburgh, and what does a girl do on an evening of a day like this? Go to yarn-store for a book-launch of course!
You know you are an obsessed with yarn if even our current heatwave will not prevent you from fondling wool. For the benefit of my North American friends, we don’t do air cons here. Hot means hot everywhere.

Emily Wessel launched the release of the print-version of Handmade in the UK  yesterday at Kathy’s Knits in Edinburgh and it was a great turn-out, even though it was so hot.

I got myself a signed copy of Pacific Knits (by Tin Can Knits, a transatlantic design partnership of which Emily is one half ) which was also on offer. That Antler cardigan is calling to me already. Off to buy ice-cream now…

Emily ready for some book-signing

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Hanging with the cool kids

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The book-launch coincided with the 1st anniversary of Kathy’s Knits opening doors and this was the celebatory cake. What more could a girl ask for?

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Lucky Edinburgh Knitters: 2 new LYS in one week

This week two new yarn stores opened in Edinburgh – can you believe it? Well, this might not make the headlines on the BBC website, but for us local knitters its certainly BIG NEWS.
Watch out for a little series of blog posts on the EYF site about yarny news from Scotland in the aftermath of the yarn festival. Kind of a “What xxxxx did next” sort of theme.

For now, just a few impressions of the two shops. Let me start by saying that both shops have a lot going for them and it’s great that they don’t follow the concepts of existing yarn stores. Both have a unique angle on the market and compliment beautifully what’s on offer in the city already.

Ginger Twist Studio opened on Thursday in the East-End of the City (11, London Road). Jessica, who runs the shop loves all things vintage, so it’s a really cute and quirky place. Full of enthusiasm, she’s guaranteed to get you knitting. Jessica stocks (amongst other things) New Lanark, Cascade, King Cole and some hand-dyed, hand-spun yarns. There’s also a programme with classes available, so be sure to swing by! Jessica is on twitter as @gingertwistEDI

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Be Inspired Fibres  opened it’s doors today and is located right around the corner from my home (30, Marchmont Road) and I’m very excited about Mei’s selection of yarns. Lotus Yarns, Cascade, ITU from Japan, Malabrigo, Fyberspates and Habu are just a few and there are plans to widen the range with some other exciting lines. Mei also stocks ChiaoGoo needles, of which I’m a huge fan. Be Inspired Fibres definitely falls into the “Boutique LYS” category, just what Edinburgh was lacking. You can follow her on twitter @inspiremei

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Mei – owner of Be Inspired Fibres

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My haul: some ITU Tetsu (sil&steel), Lotus Linen and stitchmarkers

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Some Lotus “Mimi” I treated myself to earlier in the year

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Blowin’ in the wind: Back from North Holland

I’m still alive, in case you wondered. After the Edinburgh Yarn Festival I’ve been very busy with a big project at work and then we went on holiday. Thanks for hanging in there.
Loads of exciting things are happening here in Edinburgh with regards to new yarn shops and a couple of cheeky wee projects Jo and I are planning. More on that in the next posts.

I’ve been been in the Netherlands for the past couple of weeks and had a great time exploring Holland on the bicycle. We had some glorious weather, but boy was it it windy at times!
I even found some yarn stores (surprise!).

We stayed 20 miles north of Amsterdam on the outskirts of a small charming town called Edam. We used this as a base from where to plan our various day-trips in the region.

We visited Amsterdam a couple of times and of course one of the first stops was the LYS! After much research I found that there are surprisingly very few yarnstores. In fact, the only true contender is the wonderful Penelope Craft Boutique in Kerk Straat. Malia, who owns the shop, stocks Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Lopi, Cascade, GGH, and much more.
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The best souvenir ever: my new bike
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Herengracht
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A basket full of puppies seen in Amsterdam
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On the beach on Texel

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In Bergen aan Zee
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Knitting in the garden of our holiday cottage
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Beautiful Edam
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Hoorn Harbour
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Back from a wee break

I’ve been away for a few days to the Highlands, but I’m back now, re-united with the knitting-machine. More on the knitting machine in the next post, for now just a few holiday snaps :-)

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We were really lucky with the weather.

This holiday had kind of a bridge theme. It all started with crossing this one…

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from which we could see this one…

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We stopped in Perth and walked across this one ( Smeaton’s Bridge, opened in 1771!)

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After checking into our accommodation in Grantown, we took a drive to Carrbridge, which has this old pack-horse bridge.

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not sure how they convinced any man (let alone horse!) to cross over this!

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Since we stayed in Grantown-on-Spey, we explored the area around it with a little walk  and found another rather  old bridge in the aptly named “Speybridge” close by. It’s closed for traffic, but open for walkers and the views are lovely.

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After a walk around Loch an Eilein we also found a fantastic tea-room: The cakes were to die for, but the best thing was their bird watching window overlooking the vast, wild glen and the bird feeders right in front of it. It’s not the sort of place you get to by public transport, but if you are walking in that area, or have a car, don’t miss it!

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Apart from a flying visit to Elena Costella’s Yarn and Fibre Studio in Perth, not much yarny action has been had on this holiday (apart from nearly finishing my Agnes sweater). This yarn will be turned into something on the knitting machine (my latest obession – you’ll hear all about it!)
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Edinburgh Yarn Festival – it did really happen, right?

Well, what can I say?
Last Saturday saw the first Edinburgh Yarn Festival and I think we can call it a success. Linda, Jo and I spent a lot of time organising the event in the past weeks and months and we were rewarded with loads of smiling, happy faces. We will post more about our experience on our website in the next couple of days, so keep an eye on that. We must be the last people to write about it!

Apart from having the responsibility (and fun!) organising the EYF, I also participated as a stallholder. Taking part in this event was a fantastic experience for me with my Yarn Pony hat on and I’m delighted with the feedback I received on my yarns.
I set off on Saturday morning with 1 1/2 car loads full of yarn and came back with one box!

Team Yarn Pony had everything set up well before the doors opened at 10am, and then they came. Seeing the wave of happy, smiling faces roll towards us was amazing. We were busy all day and just about managed to get a cup of tea and a pastry.
Big, big credit for the success of my stall has to be given to Fiona, Verena and Nicola of “Team Yarn Pony”. You girls rock!

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Yarn Pony in action…
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Still, I had a little time to greet friends, just after the doors opened
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Below are Jo and Linda fighting over the left-overs
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Loads of people have blogged about EYF and some even have some nice images of my yarn…an extra special thank your to Katherine for all her pictures!


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Loads of people have asked me for my online store, which I don’t have as yet. If you would like to know when my yarn will be available, or where/when you can buy it locally, or if you are interested in a dyeing workshop, get in touch via the form below!

I also have a Ravelry group you can join!

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