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A very woolly road trip

August 20, 2008


Yesterday Sarah drove Kate and I up to the lovely Twist Fibre Craft in Newbrugh. We’d been talking about doing this for a while, but seeing Lilith spinning away on Saturday made us want to go as soon as possible. Last time I spun on a wheel I was seven but I remember it being fun so I was looking forward to trying it again. They set a few different wheels (a majacraft suzie pro and little gem and an ashcroft traveller) up for us, got us started and then left me and Sarah to play for a good 2 hours, while Kate got a started with her new spindle. If you want to visit to try out wheels it’s a good idea to call ahead.

I love how happy Sarah looks in this photo. We managed not to take any wheels home (this time!), but we did stock up on some fibre, which is beautifully displayed in the shop above the workshop.


They had lots of colours of merino and icelandic wool.


Along with some more unusual (like milk protein!) fibres in natural colours.

The shop doesn’t just sell spinning things though. They also had a good selection of yarn, felting supplies, books, some quilting fabric


and adorable little jars of beads.


Thank you to the sweet man on the right for the great time.


The weather was miserable so we left Newburgh and headed north east towards bluer skies and St. Andrews. We got some lunch, very late since we’d been trying to ignore our hunger so we could keep spinning and then visited another yarn shop – Di Gilpin’s.

You reach the shop by walking through this pretty little courtyard.


And find yourself in a cosy room full of yarn and knitted garments.


They had a pretty good selction with an interesting mixture of yarns I’m used to seeing here – Rowan, Debbie Bliss, etc and some that I haven’t seen elsewhere locally like Louet and the Fibre Co. There were also some fantastic, but out of my price range, skeins of hand spun cashmere and baby camel. Very pretty.

We finished our day by wandering down to the beach.


Where the rain eventually caught up with us and drove us back to the car.


We’re already planning our next day out though. Maybe to here.


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