Golly, it’s been quite a week with us here, and I feel as if I am behind with everything! Anyhow, nearly a week ago I had a wonderful getaway to the large town to the east of Glasgow. I met up with Roobeedoo’s mother, who lives between here and there, and she and I travelled to meet Roobeedoo herself, who had travelled down from the depths of Aberdeenshire. And we went to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival! It was in the Corn Exchange this time, which is far larger than the Drill Hall where it was two years ago. But it was still very crowded indeed. Taking the bus out from the city centre was very amusing, as more and more women wearing beautiful hand-knitted or -crocheted things piled on. The driver announced we had arrived at the Corn Exchange stop and out poured about two dozen fibre maniacs!
I managed to get a few photos of things to show you. For example, don’t the colours available at Jamieson’s of Shetland just make your mouth water?
I love Shetland wool and work with it quite a lot. At least here in Scotland, it is very good value for money.
Below is something I spied at the back of Elena Costello’s stall: a quilt that she organised at the time of the Scottish Referendum last September. Each square was made by a different group across Scotland, and no group knew what the adjoining squares would look like. I think the result is an amazing, and very beautiful, map of Scotland:
I was happy to be able to chat briefly to Lucy Hague, as I have just finished making a shawl designed by her. I’d bought the pattern from her at the Glasgow School of Yarn last October, and was able to show her how it had come out, which was nice. Her Celtic cable designs are something else – I will blog about that project soon.
This stall of hooked pieces was very attractive, and if I had had more money I would have bought a kit. It was just as well that I didn’t, because I already have enough project materials to last me another few years! But maybe someday… My Grampa used to do rug hooking in his later years, and I have always loved hooked chair covers and rugs.
As you can notice in the above photos, seeing what everyone was wearing was just as interesting as looking at the things in the stalls!
Roobeedoo wore “Convergent,” the test knit she recently completed, with a stunning shawl pin:
As we stood in the queue for coffee and cake, the woman behind us said hello – a reader of Roo’s blog. It was funny to recognise people that one sees in magazines and online. I was very happy to meet Katherine of Chatiryworld for more than just Hi and Bye!
We didn’t take any classes this year (I learned to crochet at EYF2013!) but just enjoyed having a look-see, chatting in turns with Roo’s mother who was conveniently stationed with the coffee and cake for much of the time, and people-watching. You can read Roobeedoo’s post about the event here.
By mid-afternoon, our thoughts were turning towards trains home. We took the bus back into the city centre. It being Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon, it was pretty crowded. We all oohed and aahed at the appearance of a tram:
If you aren’t aware of the saga of the Edinburgh trams, this is not the time and place to go into it, but the fact that they are actually up and running after about 10 years of difficulties is quite something.
What did I bring home with me? This pretty kit for a friend:
The Knitting Gift Shop had lots of reasonably-priced gifts for knitters. They are based in County Durham and you can find them online here.
I was also looking for some variegated yarn to match the colours of a compact that I was given, and which needs a cover. I found the perfect yarn at the La Maison Tricotée stall – and even got to chat a bit in French with the Québecoise owners. I have failed to find the right light to photograph this little skein of yarn in – all the pictures I’ve taken make the colours seem very muddy, so you will just have to imagine that they are brighter and deeper than this:
It was a wonderful escape from the various problems I am dealing with at the moment. My trip home was very lengthy, because part-way home (and having bid Roobeedoo’s mother farewell), we were suddenly told that the rail line was shut due to “a person being struck by a train”. We all knew what that meant. An African man asked me, “Is the person okay?” and I replied, “I very much doubt it.” He hadn’t thought of the possibility that someone would intentionally jump in front of a train, but the rest of us immediately thought so (and it proved to be the case). People were inconvenienced and having to make other plans, but I noticed that no-one was really complaining – everyone was talking about how dreadful it was that someone should feel so despairing. After returning to Edinburgh, and taking another train to Glasgow by a different route, I was home a few hours later than planned, but very much counting my blessings, and aware that no matter how tricky certain things are at the moment, we have so very much to be thankful for.
Starting with knitting, in my case! Well done to the organisers of EYF2015. It was a wonderful event.
I wish you all a very good weekend, and Spring Equinox!