The Traveling Scarf is making its way around the world meeting knitters, crocheters, and spinners who want to add to its length, incorporating their own creativity. The journal, written from the Scarf's point of view, will document its experiences and the people it meets.
We arrived in Glasgow, Scotland, after a chilly 2-day stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland, from where I was taken to the village of Alafoss for a day tour
with Ragga Johannsdottir of Icelandic Culture and Craft. This is where first
industrial mill was located in Iceland and where lovely Lopi yarn is made from
the warm wool of Icelandic sheep. After Ragga gave a little history of the area and took us to the wonderful Alafoss Yarn Store,
she and the other visitor, Heidi, each contributed a few rows.
Antje (right, proprietress at the Yarn
Cake) and customers helped out!
Once we were in Glasgow, I got over
to the West End to visit a really wonderful little yarn store, The Yarn Cake,
where you can enjoy both yarn and cake IN ONE PLACE! Sit and knit, drink tea,
eat cake, shop for a wonderful array of yarn! How can life get any better? Well
it does. Don’t we wish all proprietors of yarn stores were as friendly and
helpful as Antje (pronounced An’ tee-ya)? Immediately, Cathy felt right at home
laughing and joking with her and the sweet contractor who comes in regularly to
be sure there are no moths in the shop. (Smart yarn shop owner!) The lemon
polenta cake was delicious along with the two pots of tea that Cathy imbibed!
Antje added a few stockinette rows to me, and while she was helping some
customers, a couple other visitors inserted some garter stitch rows between
Antje work. All the while, everyone talked and laughed and had a good old time.
Look at this cute pair of cardigans Alison (at the Sparkle Horse) made
for a friend's new twin grandsons!
Okay…yarn, cake, laughter,
conversation, a lovely store and NOW….We moved down the street to The Sparkle Horse—yes you read that correctly…The Sparkle Horse, one of the most popular
pubs in the West End of Glasgow. And what was going on there? A “Stitch ’n
Bitch” meet up of 9 women who crowded around a table, eating delicious pub fare,
drinking some nice ale, and sharing patterns, advice and knitting. What a hoot!
They meet here twice a month—what a fabulous knitting venue!
Knitting at the Sparkle Horse!
Two days later, Kate (the mother of
Elspeth, who was our host at the AirBnB home where we stayed) came to visit
and she LOVES to knit. So, of course, Cathy passed me to her! Elspeth’s friend,
Emily was there too, and she added a few rows as well. Then, Elspeth, herself, who
does not knit, but who does know how to crochet, wanted to add something. She
is the FIRST crocheter to add to me! We were not sure how she could add a
crochet row to a knitted row easily, but her mum, Kate, wisely suggested that she add
to the beginning end and voila!
My first crochet addition, double crochet and scallops, by Elspeth Berry!