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socks4all
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Posted - 01/29/2008 :  1:58:05 PM  Show Profile Send socks4all a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am going on a knitting tour of the Scottish islands (Orkney, Shetland, and Outer Hebrides). Before hitting those sites I will be 3 days in Edinburgh. I had a hard time finding a yarn shop that was not a department store last time I was there (1998). So, I'm asking the inhabitants, what are your favorite yarn shops?

Sher
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Posted - 01/29/2008 :  2:13:09 PM  Show Profile  Send Sher a Yahoo! Message Send Sher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We were there, visiting from the USA in 2006 and I didn't see any.
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Amarula
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Posted - 01/31/2008 :  05:22:16 AM  Show Profile Send Amarula a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I spent some time there for work a couple of years ago, and found the best selection in the department stores (John Lewis and Jenner's). There was also a small shop - I think it's Drummonds - near Haymarket, but it had a fairly limited selection. (Was convenient to run into when I'd brought the wrong size needles, however!) I thought I'd find a lot more knitting shops, too, but there just didn't seem to be any..
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AuntyNin
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Posted - 02/05/2008 :  07:35:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit AuntyNin's Homepage Send AuntyNin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you have a vehicle available, you might consider checking out a place called the Scottish Wool Centre. IIRC, it's somewhere between Edinburgh and Glasgow, mostly geared toward the tourist trade (lots of the big tour companies' buses stop there) and had both finished objects (including some seriously peculiar tartan objects) and gorgeous yarns.

AuntyNin
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Valk_scot
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Posted - 02/05/2008 :  1:28:34 PM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When are you coming? Our best current yarn shop, HK HandKnit, is currently having its closing down sale, boo-hoo.

http://www.handknit.co.uk/

On the positive side there is a new branch of K1, the excellent Glasgow independent LYS, opening in the West Bow on the 15th of this month.

http://www.k1yarns.co.uk/ br /
And we got a new yarn shop about a year ago as well, a branch of McAree Bros opened up in Howe St, not far from Princes St.

http://www.mcadirect.com/shop/index.php

In the city centre there's a new yarn concession opened up in Jenners department store (much the same stuff, but worth a look) and John Lewis in St James Centre is starting to stock a few more out of the way yarns.

If you're on Ravelry, check out the Scots Knits group, and the City Knitty group. Both useful sources of local information.








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Valk_scot
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Posted - 02/05/2008 :  1:34:08 PM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AuntyNin

If you have a vehicle available, you might consider checking out a place called the Scottish Wool Centre. IIRC, it's somewhere between Edinburgh and Glasgow, mostly geared toward the tourist trade (lots of the big tour companies' buses stop there) and had both finished objects (including some seriously peculiar tartan objects) and gorgeous yarns.

AuntyNin



It's up by Pitlochry, about a 2-3 hour drive from here.

I forgot...if you're travelling there's Twist Fibre Craft in Newburgh in Fife.

http://www.twistfibrecraft.co.uk/

And Di Gilpins, also in Fife, in St Andrews.

http://www.digilpin.com/

These two are only about half an hour away from each other, and to drive to St Andrews from central Edinburgh takes just over an hour...if you avoid peak period at the Forth Bridge. St Andrews is a lovely town to visit anyway, if you like history and sightseeing.




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socks4all
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Posted - 02/12/2008 :  05:38:14 AM  Show Profile Send socks4all a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I will be in Edinburgh 4-8 July then hitting the Orkney, Shetland and Outer Hebrides. Thanks Valk Scot for your list of shops. I will not have a car but was at the Scottish Wool Center in 1998. No yarn then, just finished pieces.
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