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
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
Mei – owner of Be Inspired Fibres
My haul: some ITU Tetsu (sil&steel), Lotus Linen and stitchmarkers
Some Lotus “Mimi” I treated myself to earlier in the year