The Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl!

Last Saturday was the inaugural Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl, held here in Edinburgh and organised by Ginger Twist Studio in collaboration with Kathy’s Knits and Be Inspired Fibres.

Manic is probably the best way to describe it!

I was helping out, so I didn’t get to all the shops, but I did manage to pop in to Kathy’s and get yet another ball of Jamieson and Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight (I have a self-confessed J&S addiction). I also ran into a couple of the groups being led by friends from my usual Monday night knitting group, who all seemed to be having a good time and were already heavily laden with yarn – despite this being their first stop of the day!

I headed off to Ginger Twist after that, which was a very pleasant stroll in the sunshine – couldn’t have picked a better day for it weather wise! At this point, GTS was still quiet (compared to crowds later on) and I managed to get one of the very fabulous, limited edition Sheepish Sock in the Indie Burgh colourway which Jess had handdyed specially for the day. I had promised myself that if a skein of this was there I could treat myself… and I did. I also got to meet Susan Crawford who was setting up her trunk show and ended up getting a pattern for a sweater and a hat kit – called A Day at the Races (which seems to be so new that the pattern isn’t in the Ravelry database yet).

From here I headed off to the Safari Lounge and grabbed a quick lunch before preparing things for the impending arrival of many, many weary and shopped out knitters and crocheters. I don’t think I really got to stop once people started arriving. We filled the back room which was reserved for us, to the point where crafters were quietly taking over the rest the pub. I think at one point there may have been another 3 – 4 tables worth of people who couldn’t fit in the back room. It was lovely meeting everyone, and all seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed their day. It was wonderful to see the crowd of people all happily knitting and chatting.

Although I was exhausted at the end of the day (I have no idea how Jess, Kathy and Lucy were still able to keep going after being in busy shops all day), it was well worth it. Can’t wait for the next one!


You can also find images and comments from the day on twitter – under the hashtag #IBYC including quite a few pictures! Karie Bookish over on Fourth Edition has written a round-up post too. And there is now a thread on any blogposts related to the day on Ravelry, which can be found here.

Icelandic Adventures VI – The Yarn Shops

Obviously I visited a few yarn shops…



Right on the main street, in the shopping arcade above the Bonus supermarket. Head up the stairs directly opposite the entrance and hello yarn! Sells a good range of the local Icelandic yarns and overseas imports, notably Brooklyn Tweed Loft and Shelter, plus plenty Rowan and other recognisable brands.


Litla Prjónabúðin

Approximately 30 minutes walk from the centre, follow the main shopping street for ease. Again a good selection of yarns, including the local and the not-so-local. Carries the Snaeldan Faroese yarns (I picked up some of the 2ply fingering and worsted weights). Also has Dye for Yarns! And some great buttons (too many to choose from) plus some other good knitting supplies and accessories. Well worth the walk (even if it snows).


Handknitters Association of Iceland

Lopi heaven! Carries the full range of the Icelandic yarns – Plütolopi, Lett-lopi, Einband, Alafoss. Plus all the pattern books and some other local yarns.

Many tourist shops also sell the lopi yarns but be aware that many of these have had the prices marked up – especially on the kits.



Edinburgh Yarn Festival….A belated recap

Manic sums it up.

There is something about taking a shedload of fibre enthusiasts and sticking them all in the same room that makes you hit the big red button in your head which tells you to ‘Buy all the things! Now!’

Despite the ever parent crush of people, it was well worth the trip over to Edinburgh (we were still in Glasgow at this point but had found the place we ended up in).

Got some cool stuff though…