It’s been a while – I know. What can I say? Life has been (and still is!) busy and somehow I never got around to write lately. However, there has been a lot I wanted to write about!
First and foremost, the five days I spent in Edinburgh together with Julius, a friend from school and her daughter (Julius’ classmate) in late August.
We would stay in Portobello in a beautiful apartment, hang out at the seaside looking for sea shells, listen to pipers, and take endless walks with naked feet and windbreaker.
We would go to Edinburgh’s old town by bus, climb up Arthur’s Seat, “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design” to quote Robert L. Stevenson (author of ” Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” but you probably new that all along), and admire the Edinburgh castle. We would have tea at Stevenson House, listen to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s dress rehearsal for a fireworks concert (the fiery finale to the Edinburgh International Festival) and the kids would count all signs saying “yes” or “no” (to separation of GB) that were glued or put up literally everwhere.
We had rain and sun and cold and warmth – we absolutely loved being in Edinburgh!
There’s a tiny “but” though …. As always, when travelling in a group you have to submit yourself to majority decisions – and sadly the majority was not interested in yarn. So Julius, my faithful son, was the only one to accompany me to Ginger Twist Studios.
A perfectly wonderful store with a lovely owner. She was working on wrist warmers (just like mine: no thumb hole), we would chat a little about Martina Behm’s Leftie Shawlette, about twitter, our following each other and of course about her beautiful hand dyed yarn, and I so wanted to sit with her and knit for a while!
However, the rest of our small group – the friend and her daughter – were standing outside in drizzling rain (…) and so we left, promising to come back … but never did. Somehow, the weekend was too short to return to the little store – I am already planning on visiting Edinburgh again.
Even more after the second yarn store I had on my list, Kathy’s Knits, was closed on Sunday and Monday of all days (we left Tuesday morning). Looks like my research prior to departure wasn’t all that well, I know …
Next time we’ll go as a family. The man and the son will visit the castle and that should give me plenty of time to look for yarn 🙂
Julius wants me to add that he went for a swim. Voilà:
even though you didn’t get to do as much yarn shopping as you wanted, it still sounds like a wonderful trip. Every blog I read whose writer travels to Edinburgh seems to go to Ginger Twist – she gets lots of blog time, it must be a great shop! Some day….
I wish you’d told me, I could have flown up for a day or two. Always happy to yarn shop and crochet! X
I’ll go again – probably in March – and I will definitly let you know! That would be SO COOL to see you there!