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.
After leaving Glasgow, we made our short way by
train to the little town of Musselburgh, a quiet retreat outside of the busy
Edinburgh. It is named for all the mussels that are found on the beaches there. Cathy didn’t like Edinburgh very much -- “Too many people!” she said.
She did visit Kathy’s Knits in the city which only stocks products from the
Catherine, the storekeeper, added a few rows to me
while Cathy perused the merchandise. She found an intriguing pattern that she
just had to have. It is called Durrow and is the creation of a local designer, Lucy Hague. Just look at that cable work! I have no idea when Cathy thinks she is going to make it; she cannot even keep up with updating my blog!
On the Fourth of July, we traveled the short way
from Musselburgh to Haddington for the day to meet some knitters, spinners, and
weavers at the Haddington Poldrate Mill Art Center. Marie met us at the train
station and took us to the mill where we met Denise, Catherine, and Vicky.
Marie and Denise (behind) and Vicky and Catherine (front) gave us a warm welcome.
Look at their fantastic workspace for teaching the
We knitted and
chatted for a couple hours on a very rainy day. It was quite cozy inside the
Marie knitted this cool Fair Isle pattern from
memory with yarn from North Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands. It was the same
yarn she used to test knit a sock pattern in Debbie Zawinski’s book, In theFootsteps of Sheep. A few weeks later, we would find ourselves on that remote
island of North Ronaldsay!
Denise’s hands flew through the stitches of her rows of a stitch called gradual drop stitch which she recently learned from her spinning tutor.
It was a fun day in Haddington, I sure hope we get
to go back to visit those ladies again someday!
Here is what the mill looked like on the outside. It used to be a corn mill.
Here is an update on my growth and all the contributors. (At least Cathy thinks she got them all correct!)