Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018! We will be there!

Posted by Di Gilpin on

So excited to be in Edinburgh again with so much news to share!

We have a wonderful new studio with space for workshops and retreats...book on to classes next week online!

We have some great new designs to share!

photographed at Comielaw Farm...our new home in Fife, next to the National Trust Kellie Castle, one of my favourite places!

The Geo snood in Haar, Coille, Furze and our new colour, Driftwood!, Twisted Hazel wristwarmers in Furze, Oak in Coille and Broch and the Coda Beret in Furze, Silver Birch and Broch...

The beautiful yoked Fair Isle cabled sweater, Geo.....in Driftwood, Flame, Haar, Silver Birch and Crowdie......a new favourite!

and finally the Coda Jacket in Agate, Haar, Morion and Driftwood! I know lots of folk have been waiting for this patten and I am so happy to have it for EYF 2018!

We also have our fab new yarn "Saorsa' Gaelic for Freedom!

I have always wanted to make a very special yarn using the best fleeces from sheep reared in Scotland and blended with the finest cashmere. I am thrilled to be launching at EYF 2018 this amazing ‘light’, warm, soft, squidgy and glorious yarn in collaboration with Uist Wool and Kay and Alan Carr of Claddach Farm. The Wool is of the finest quality….a result of the amazing care and husbandry at this remarkable farm. In 2018 we will be offering Knitting Retreats and workshops at our new, beautiful steading close to Kellie Castle, just 10 minutes from the home studio, with visits to the Farm, to meet the amazing flocks and see Maddie, the sheepdog at work. We have used Texel, Blue Face Leicester, Cheviot and Shetland in our blend. Kay has not only Shetland sheep from her family’s flocks on Unst, but is also now breeding the extremely rare Shetland cows….and has raised a remarkable ginger bull! As a young woman I spent some time in Ladakh on the Tibetan border, teaching knitting and falling in love with Cashmere. There is history in the story of how this precious fibre came to Scotland to be spun using ingenious machinery created by our mills…it feels so right to have this wonderful fibre back being spun in Scotland and re-creating that special link between the Himalaya and the Hebrides! I spent a wonderful week with Maddie and Neil at Uist Wool, where they worked their magic to spin this glorious new yarn!

Anna wearing Seol Tunic in Soarsa!!!!

Hope to see some of you in Edinburgh or at our Open Day at Comielaw Farm on Easter Saturday...10 - 5pm...check out the website for all our workshops, new patterns, yarns etc!

Best wishes and happy Knitting, Dixxx

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