Friday, June 07, 2019

Edinbourgh Scotland

The ship docked in South Queensferry, a lovely spot outside Edinburgh.   I didn't plan anything for this port. We had no prearranged excursions and although there are yarn shops in this city, I was so full of yarn, "Yes I said that" and a bit tired.   I decided to be a typical tourist and take a ship planned excursion into Edinburgh and I'm so glad I did.   I had no clue, it is such an amazing city.  The architecture was breathtaking, there is so much history there.  Ancient history, centuries old history.   Kathy and Lynn were on the bus with me.  We visited Princes Street, a major shopping road, beginning at the bottom of the Edinburgh Castle, flowing out to Hollyroodhouse Castle, the Queen's residence while in Scotland.  I would love to visit here again.   Do museums and pubs and shop and go to a yarn shop..well, another time.

South Queensferry

Hollyroodhouse- I held the bannisters that Kings and Queens touched!!!

Monday, June 03, 2019

Knitting in Scotland May 2018

Scotland- May 30, 2018
As we traveled the Irish Sea toward Scotland we attended great classes. JC Briar is a wonderful, creative and super smart instructor.   We had classes in reading lace patterns,  cables, Brioche and shawl design.   So many things to think about and skills to learn or improve.   If you ever get the opportunity to take one (or more) of her classes, I would highly recommend it..she is brilliant in so many ways.   I know she does Stitches Events and teaches at Black Sheep in Oregon.

In Scotland - North and South Lanarkshire
The New Lanark Mill

New Lanark quickly became known under the enlightened management of social pioneer, Robert Owen. He provided decent homes, fair wages, free health care, a new education system for villagers and the first workplace nursery school in the world! Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Lanark has been beautifully restored as a living community,

Edinburgh next-til next time..

Monday, May 27, 2019

Cruising into Ireland 2018

More Cruising and Knitting

Lisburn and Belfast May 23, 2018

The Linen Mills of Lisburn 

Our Instructor at the Belfast Botanic Garden  5/23/18
JC Briar-she loves gardening too!

Real Irish Stew and Guiness@ Kelly's 

End of day Cafe

Dublin May 24 & 25, 2018

This Knit Yarn shop

 As you would have it, we just happened to arrive in Dublin for the first annual Woollinn festival...what luck

Off to Cork- another wonderful treat-
May 26,  2018

Our first stop - Little Island - home of Hedgehog Fibres


Arm fulls- waiting on line to pay

In the town of Cork
Scribes and Vibes Craft Shop- yarn and fabrics

At the end of everyday--
-Back on Board to "Show and Tell" and Knit a bit

Monday, May 20, 2019

Knitting and Cruising (The Way Late Update)

Hard to Believe this was a year ago.  

Craft Cruise to Scotland, Ireland, Denmark and Norway. May-June 2018

We started in Copenhagen and spent the day touring through the City and visiting a few yarn shops along the way.

Knit Shop in Copenhagen 

Kindred Knitting on board the ship
Romi's High Sierra Shawl (Craftsy Class)

Our first stop was Isle of Skye, a very remote island in the Hebrides.  

Isle of Skye

Spinning with raw wool

Town of Portree -just some window dressing--gorgeous

Wonder trip- til next time and the next port.