Posted by: christinelaennec | October 23, 2013

Glasgow School of Yarn 2013

Two years ago, Roobeedoo and I took a day trip from Aberdeen to go to the Glasgow School of Yarn.  I remember at the time the Dafter had been ill for seven weeks, which seemed like the ultimate catastrophe.  How life changes one’s perspective!  Back then I had no inkling that I would be living here, either.  On that occasion, we took a workshop with the amazingly energetic Stephen West.  This time I was on my own and was only able to manage an hour’s visit.  But it was a delicious hour!

The event was organised by the Yarn Cake knitting shop, and as its name indicates, there was cake involved.  I had apple and marzipan cake, and a much-needed coffee, and sat marvelling at the architecture of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh church (there are more photos of the church in my 2011 post, second link in the paragraph above). Then I went to buy some yarn!

Yarn I bought, and a fantastic present to help me use the yarn!

Yarn I bought, and a fantastic present to help me use it!

I went armed with a wonderful book sent to me by a friend in the USA, that has lots of small projects.  I bought some blue sock yarn from Abstract Cat, some pearly silk yarn from the Skein Queen, and some rose pink DK from Old Maiden Aunt.  It was really nice to talk to the vendors and dyers.   Last time I was here, I bought some beautiful wool from Abstract Cat, which ended up becoming my much-loved Rainbow Dreams shawl.

Abstract Cat's marketplace stall, Glasgow School of Yarn, 2013.

Abstract Cat Craft’s marketplace stall, Glasgow School of Yarn, 2013.

All too soon it was time to head back home.  It was a very damp day.  But the colours of the trees here, even on a gloomy and rainy afternoon, have been really stunning:

Fall colors on the Maryhill Road, Glasgow.  18 October 2013.

Fall colors on the Maryhill Road, Glasgow. 18 October 2013.

I’ve said it before, but Thank Goodness for Knitting!  It brings me so much happiness.

I hope you’re all having a good week, and enjoying the autumn.



  1. Our nearest yarn stockists are 100’s of miles away. As a result I do most of my wool shopping on line which is frustrating at times as I want to feel what I’m buying! I should love to go to the Glasgow School of Yarn, it looks amazing!

  2. What a beautiful yarn that is !!

  3. Ooooo I do like your choices. At the mo I’m living in Saudi and there’s nowhere to buy decent yarn. Its great to have access to some lovely choices you can feel before u buy. Look forward to seeing ur end results 🙂

  4. I greatly admire your knitting and if I could knit I would probably go mad with all that beautiful yarn.

  5. It sounds like a wonderful place to visit! 🙂 xxx

  6. Gorgeous yarn, and I love the fall colors!

  7. You are getting the rain we usually have here, Christine. I love the colorful photos of your new yarn and the leaves. I had fun getting some photos of Mt. Hood and the surrounding area in autumnal glory on Saturday. My friend and I managed to get out of a yarn store in Sandy without purchasing anything!!! A miracle ?
    Gracie xx

  8. Those are yummy looking yarns, Christine! Do let us see what you create when you are done! Sounds like you had a wonderful time choosing. Love the Autumn colors. xo

  9. I have that very same book! It has some great patterns! Love your yarn.

  10. Thanks everyone! I will post photos of what comes of these skeins, eventually.

  11. yarn is so wonderful. i still remember our trip into the yarn shop in Perth. i just picked up some Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift in a shop in Nova Scotia; i was so thrilled. wool is just great!

  12. That Abstract Cat Craft stand looks terrific …. I’ve a serious case of yarn envy now!

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