This year we ended our summer holiday in Edinburgh and I managed to escape for a morning’s yarn finding. I visited two very fine establishments and would highly recommend you seek them out. You can walk between Kathy’s Knits and Ginger Twist Studio in about 10 minutes and both are pretty central.
Kathy has a lovely airy shop stocked with proper woolly, quality British yarn-stuff you don’t see elsewhere. I bought six balls of Rennie’s cashmere because I loved the colour combination-I’m still in my purple phase. There is also Blacker Yarns, Eden Cottage, Jamieson & Smith and more! On display are some amazing celtic cable shawls from a local designer and there is a good stock of pattern books from Edinburgh designers like Ysolda Teague.
Kathy is living the dream, sharing her enthusiasm for knitting and quality yarn and her shop is a perfect treat.
With my Rennie’s cashmere I Have started a tunisian crochet scarf. I love the tweed effect created by tunisian simple stitch in three colours. I promise to post the finished article!
Kathy kindly gave me walking directions to Ginger Twist Studio after we both agreed about the pleasures of being able to see and feel the yarn you are buying (in fact I have a dear friend who has to sniff it too!!).
Jess owns Ginger twist Studio and produces her own hand-dyed yarns as well as stocking other brands like West Yorkshire Spinners, Brigantia and Cascade. The colours are absolutely edible when you walk into this gorgeous shop with a vintage feel. I would have been rude not to buy any of Jess’s own yarn, so I treated myself to two skeins of the merino.
My photo doesn’t really do the colours justice. The photo I took of the skeins hanging up has become my new screen saver!
I’m not sure what I will make with this purchase. Jess and I agreed that it can sometimes take a while for yarn to decide what it wants to be. Only knitters and crocheters would know what that means! And that’s why the stash exists of course.
It seems like Edinburgh might soon be able to stake a claim to being the yarn capital of the UK. There are other shops I didn’t visit (next time hopefully), they have an Indie Yarn Crawl in June and an Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March. There was even an amazing knitting cabaret act at the Fringe!