If you're coming to Scotland and thinking about planning some fibre related stops, here are some places we like. We don't have a permanent school at the moment, but keep an eye on our Events page for studio drop in dates and Festivals we are attending. Follow the link for the area you're planning to visit.
If you visit all three of these shops, you will have visited three very different parts of central Edinburgh (and seen lots of beautiful yarn), giving you a good feel for why so many people love visiting or living here.
At the start of London Road, Jess's vintage inspired shop is a tiny gem - when you walk in the first thing you see is the beautiful display of yarn dyed by Jess but she stocks other interesting yarn too and also some stock for spinners.
In the Old Town, down a steep street, there's a converted bath house which now houses a gallery and a working tapestry studio. You can watch the weavers at work, have some food at the cafe, where cones of yarn decorate the tables, and convince yourself you don't need to take up a new fibre pastime.
Deep in the Spey Valley, Knockando Woolmill continues an unbroken 200 year old tradition, producing woven fabric on its historic looms. Knockando Woolmill has always been at the heart of the local community. Listed as the 'Wauk Mill' in parish records from 1784, the Woolmill has maintained its traditions of spinning and weaving through generations of families. You can watch all the stages of the spinning and weaving process and then buy some of the yarn.
We haven't been here, but their Gallery is full of beautiful images of their animals and their Alpaca and Alpaca-Wool blend yarn looks interesting - some of it is dyed by Shilasdair which is a great chance to see some of their work if you can't make it to Skye this trip.
If you get as far as the Western Isles, there's an exciting new venture waiting for you - the original idea to build a new Mill in North Uist emerged from a collective will to find a fresh purpose for local fleece that would reconnect the community with their cultural heritage of wool-working.
If you're lucky enough to visit Shetland you'll see that yarn is still an important part of local life and you can visit the two most famous manufacturers of Shetland wool.
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