Sunday 12 March 2017

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017

Had a very enjoyable trip to Edinburgh where the fourth Edinburgh Yarn Festival (EYF) was being held on 10th-11th March at the Corn Exchange. I traveled by train from Inverness approaching Edinburgh across the Fourth Rail Bridge with views to the old and new road bridges.

As well as attending the yarn festival  some free time was planned in the schedule to explore the city. A chance to take in some of the sights around Princes Street...

...checking out places to eat...

...french piano graffiti at "chez jules bistro"...

...Waverley Railway Station (taken with camera phone)...

Onto the knitting yarn part of the trip and some of the highlights. Friday morning at the Corn Exchange, saving a place for me in the queue to buy tickets was the lovely Lucia of Lucia's Fig Tree. We hardly noticed the wait as there was so much to chat about. Both Lucia and I had the same plan, visit the Knitting and Crochet Guild stand to say hello to volunteers. 

The theme of the display was Bohus knitting (a more detailed description about this display is planned in the next blog post).

Then we headed over to see lovely crochet designer Jane Crowfoot. Jane was busy with visitors so we spent a little while admiring her complex and colourful work.

I've been an admirer of Brooklyn Tweed since 2015 when I knitted the "Stranger Cardigan" by michiyo published in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People vol 4. The impressive display from this American designer included the yarn ranges Shelter, Loft and Arbor.

Close up of knit designs by Brooklyn Tweed.

Shetland Wool Week were promoting this years free pattern by designer Gudrun Johnston. The design is a slouchy style hat called Bousta Beanie.

You can pick up a free digital copy of this pattern here.

Another highlight was meeting Kate Davies at her stand where items from her new book were on display. 

And finally, I didn't manage to take any photos of Kate's display due to being so star struck when she kindly signed my copy of "Inspired by Islay"...


  1. Great photos of Edinburgh, and I'm intrigued to learn more about Bohus knitting - I love the owl.

    1. Thanks Gail, glad you liked the photos. I knew nothing about Bohus knitting before seeing the KCG display. Hope to write the post and publish this next week.


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