Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2019

Woolly Originals is delighted to be attending the Edinburgh Yarn Festival again! This will be my third year at what I like to consider is my local festival; I live in Edinburgh, just 10 minutes away from the Corn Exchange!

I’ll be bringing a range of my Woolly project bags, including those in the photos above. There’ll be the new Mediums with their swivel D-ring detachable handle. There’ll be a range of the new “Scott Monument with Birds” design. There’ll be Lava Landscape bags in abundance.

There will also be a bag design that I’ve been working on since July! I’m so excited by this new design, and I’m very grateful for the assistance I’ve received from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Finally, and most importantly, Jo (@angeloftheforth) will also be coming along. I couldn’t manage without her!

So, hopefully we’ll see you in March. Please pop by our stand. Show us what you’re wearing; what you’re planning to knit or crochet; and what you’ve bought. We love talking about all things woolly!

Scott Monument with Birds

The Scott Monument in Edinburgh was constructed in 1844 as a tribute to Sir Walter Scott, the famed poet, writer, historian and lawyer. Reaching more than sixty-one metres above Princes Street, this distinctive landmark sits between the Balmoral Hotel, Jenners department store and the Royal Scottish Academy.

When visiting the recently opened V&A Museum in Dundee, I came across a model of the Monument in the Scottish Design Gallery.

I instantly knew that such an iconic piece of Edinburgh architecture needed its own design using an iconic Edinburgh yarn, namely Ginger Twist Studio‘s Sheepish Sock yarn in Hocus Pocus.

The result is a new bag design called Scott Monument as shown below. The design interprets the outline of the memorial with a flock of circling birds. The base fabric is machine knit using Jamieson’s of Shetland Spindrift wool with the monument itself knit in the GTS yarn. Fabrics from Scottish Linen have been used to line the bags and make the handles.

These bags will be for sale at the GLOW Scottish Design Fair at the Dovecot Tapestry Studios, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh on Saturday 8th December.

GLOW Scottish Design Fair

Next on the calendar is the GLOW Scottish Design Fair at the Dovecot Studios on Infirmary Street, Edinburgh on Saturday 8th December. I just love this place, and I’m so excited to be taking part.

Besides bringing my new Medium bags with detachable handles, there’ll be a new design too.

See you there!

Thank you, Yarnporium!

THANK YOU! A huge shout out to: the organisers of Yarnporium, Alison and Rachel of Yarn in the City; their floor manager, Sara; and all the amazing volunteers! You were fantastic!

A second huge THANK YOU to everyone who stopped at our stand to chat, showed us their woollies or bought a bag or badge. It was so lovely to meet you all.

Finally, to angeloftheforth who helps me prepare, run and recover from events! Love you, Jo! X

PS my goodies I purchased this weekend!

Next up, Yarnporium!

If you’re in London this Friday or Saturday, pop into Yarnporium at Central Hall, Westminster. Jo and I will be there with Woolly bags and badges! Come say hello, and show us what you’re wearing, knitting or planning! We love chatting about all things woolly!

Masham Sheep Fair

If you’re ever in North Yorkshire in late September, a visit to Masham Sheep Fair is time well spent!

This weekend, I travelled down with Fu of the Bearford Flock who was looking potentially to purchase a Teeswater tup, to add to her flock of Jacob and Shropshire sheep and alpacas.

The Fair takes place over two days but we decided to visit on the Saturday as there were a number of long wool breeds being shown. Shearing demonstrations, wool stalls, sheep racing, and a trip round the local brewery also beckoned!

But, the highlight was the sheep themselves! So, here are a few photos of the many beauties we encountered!

Teesdales

Dales Bred

Mashams

Blue Face Leicesters

Swaledales

Oxford Downs being examined by the judge

Jacobs parading for the judge

Texels, fleece dipped to highlight their white faces