Thanks to everyone for your comments about our Consulate visit. I was kind of surprised that so many of you thought the lack of disabled access and toilets was completely unacceptable. You’re right! (Not that I will be writing a complaint.) Thanks also for your good wishes about the flat-selling. Things are happening, which is very good.
Yesterday I had a complete and very welcome break from things to do with property sales and wheelchair access. Roobeedoo had very kindly invited me to come to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival with her, and so I had an away day. I got to the station about 8:45 a.m. One of the things I like about Aberdeen railway station is that there’s a mural in the waiting room that the Dafter had a hand in a few years back:
I know which parts of it were done by her, and it’s a wonderful thing that there’s something permanent by her and her friends that will stay in Aberdeen after we’ve left.
The train journey was great – lots of chat, coffee, and knitting, with lovely scenery gliding by. When we got to Waverley Station, I thought I’d take a photo to show you the statues of owls that they’ve put up in the waiting room, presumably to frighten pigeons away:
We took the bus up to Leith and waded through puddles to find the Drill Hall – which was completely packed!
I did manage to go around the stalls, but there were so many people that I could hardly see a thing, and for this reason I didn’t actually buy any wool. Roobeedoo has a much more informative post about the wares that were on offer there. I did manage a few snaps over the sea of heads to show you. Here are some very pretty garments at the Skein Queen stall:
And Susan Crawford‘s stall had some beautiful patterns and wool. I love the knitted cloth below the (also beautiful) gloves:
It was great to see so much Scottish wool for sale. In the basket in the photo above, Jamieson & Smith’s 2-ply wool is one I’ve used for a few projects and love. I also saw a lot of wool from Rennie’s, in addition to all the amazing hand-dyed wool by independent producers. Susan Crawford’s Excelana wool is 100% British, and spun in Devon.
I met Emily Wessel of Tin Can Knits and could just about elbow my way back enough to take a photograph of her beautiful shawls (and her poor associate who was just trying to eat lunch!):
She and her design partner Alexa collaborate across the Atlantic via Skype! Isn’t modern technology amazing? They have some very lovely designs.
After queuing for quite a while to get some chocolate cake and coffee – well worth the wait – I went to a workshop run by Vala Jonisdottir. It was on combining knitting a crochet, and I learned so much! She taught us how to use crochet to seam two pieces of knitting, and how to do a shell edging and a picot edging onto a piece of knitting.
I learned a better way to hold the wool for crocheting, which was good too. My favourite thing was learning how to make a granny square. This will not impress anyone, I know, but I was SO pleased with my little granny square!
I might just keep going!
When the workshop was over it was 4:00. The hall was much emptier and had we not had to go back for our train, there might have been time to look at the stalls again – though I doubt there could have been much left, as they must have been pretty cleaned out at that point by the earlier hordes. However, I did manage to get a photo of the knitted yak in the entryway:
And so back home we went. By the time we actually got onto the train, after a long wait because they decided to keep the platform a secret until the last minute, I was really chilled. A cup of tea, more talk and more knitting warmed me up, however. And today it all seems a bit like a dream – except I still have the granny square so I know it wasn’t.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone!