In March, B and I traveled to Scotland and attended two days of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival – Friday and the Sunday “Make Wool” event. We were traveling very light & had very little extra room for extras (traveling, as we do, a la Rick Steves), so I really limited the stash enhancement that happened at EYF.
Here’s a rundown of our goodies: (top left) buttons in glass and ceramic from Mrs. Busy B and The Textile Garden – no projects in mind yet, but these buttons and the 3 toggles will surely find their way into some great knitwear; (top middle) hand-dyed Wensleydale longwool top from the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop (I’m thinking maybe socks??); (top right) some luscious polled dorset/hebridian roving from TJ Frog that will pair up nicely with the remainder of the light grey Shetland that I just finished spinning; (bottom left) mini skeins of natural-dyed Shetland that I picked up to incorporate into some colorwork, and (bottom right) six balls of Shetland fingering from Jamison’s of Shetland. I had a good visit with Garry Jamieson & mentioned that I’d really enjoyed his interview on Fruity Knitting.
But wait, there’s more!
After our week in Scotland, we traveled to Ireland, where we spent a week exploring Dublin, the weekend on the coast at Wicklow Town, and even took a day trip to Galway! While in Wicklow, we happened in to a newstand looking for a proper map of Ireland (’cause we like maps, in general), and I found this copy of The Knitter magazine – with an interview with Martin Storey and several lovely patterns! Oh, yes, I’d make room in my bag for this!
Following our time in Ireland, we spent the rest of our time in France. One of the first forays on the metro in Paris, we found our way to Place d’Italie and to La Bien Aimee – for sock yarn! I bought a single skein of beautiful lightweight sock yarn (merino & nylon) in a gorgeous springy colorway, and a small wooden stitch marker, spending a whopping 31 euros – I don’t think I’ve ever spent this much on any single ball of yarn in my life!
We took an overnight trip to Chartres, and while wandering around this picturesque 12th century town, stumbled into – a yarn store!! I picked up the pink ball of yarn shown above, Lang Jawoll superwash, to use for contrast heels, toes, and cuffs on my “April in Paris” socks – which I finished today!