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A visit to Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016

For the second time we were preparing for the journey to Edinburgh. We had such a lovely time there last year and were both looking forward to another trip to Scotland. We do end up spending a long time away from home for this two day show. Kari-Helene’s journey began on Tuesday evening joining Tracy in Cambridge. Wednesday morning we set off from Cambridge in our trusted old BT van, Bessie.
The Angel of the North welcomed us against a backdrop of grey cloud.

After a stop overnight in Berwick upon Tweed we arrived in Edinburgh Thursday morning. We went for a lovely breakfast in Urban Angel before squeezing in a spot of sightseeing. Tracy had never been to Edinburgh (last year we didn’t have time to go into the town itself) so we decided to be tourists for a couple of hours. We visited the National Gallery for a bit of culture, walked up to the castle for a bit of history and back through town for a spot of shopping. Great mix of activities! 

Edinburgh Castle

Tracy thought the foreign cadets outside the castle were very cute but wasn’t sure what language they were speaking. It turns out they were Scottish…

Thursday afternoon we set up our stand ready for the show in record time. We were so surprised we weren’t sure what to do with ourselves! An early evening was had with home made dinner, feet up and knitting. Perfect for re-charging the batteries before the show!

We spent two lovely days at the show. We met so many fabulous people from all over the world, USA, Germany, Spain and Scotland. We always hope to see some fabulous finished pieces of knitting as well and EYF did not disappoint! Here are the three wonderful knitters that showed up wearing our designs!

Katherine wearing her fabulous Isis Tailcoat

Diane has knitted the Misty Wrist Warmers in Alpaca Storm

Another fabulous version of the Isis Tailcoat, this time in two colours!

On the way home we decided to be proper tourists and visited the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. It was Kari-Helene’s first time driving across a tidal causeway and it was really fabulous! The island itself was picturesque and tranquil, it would probably be a brilliant place to have a knitters retreat!

Our trusted van, Bessie, making the crossing from Lindisfarne.

The Lindisfarne Causeway

Lindisfarne Castle

Tracy visiting the lovely village on Lindisfarne

The rest of the journey home was smooth even though some of the Easter traffic was starting to build. We are having a little break for Easter, the office will be closed from tomorrow Thursday until Tuesday next week. We wish you all a wonderful Easter!

Tracy & Kari-Helene xxx

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