Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Scotland Part 2

Glasgow


The first stop in Glasgow was quite brief, just long enough to visit Princes Square for window-shopping,

wandering around taking pictures of cats (I really missed Cammy already),


and a quick and delightful run through the Gallery of Modern Art, where these sweet knitted cacti (by Daphne Wright) were on display. 


Edinburgh

The best street in Scotland, and possibly the whole universe, has to be Victoria Street, near Edinburgh Castle.

It's a gorgeous winding little lane lined with lovely old buildings on either side, and just hilly enough that you feel virtuous after walking up the street. In addition to two tweed clothing shops, and a cheese shop (of which I shockingly took no pictures!! but did get 2 lbs of cheese.), there is a

sweet bookshop (Old Town Bookshop)

and...

a yarn shop!!


K1 Yarns is a light and airy boutique LYS, selling lots of local yarn. They have their own brand of yarn, named Scappa (it's the stuff in the bigger lime green shelving).


Since Scappa is from Orkney Islands, where I was about to head to, I decided to get something from some other Scottish island.
Some subtly variegated (but non-clown-barfy) tweedy fingering weight from the Isle of Harris, part of the Hebrides. It might be a touch itchy for socks, and I'm thinking it would make a really cozy cabled book cover, or a lined shawl.

We did hit some non-book, non-yarn sites, including Edinburgh castle.
The weather was so freakishly nice, that the person ahead of us in line was actually from Edinburgh, visiting the castle for the first time to enjoy the sunshine.




 Another gato guard! The (human) guards switch out every hour in front of this war memorial. This one was so, ridiculously, supermodel handsome. I bet he could repel weapons with his face, zoolander-like.

Stirling
We skipped Stirling Castle to visit this absolutely stunning cemetery in Stirling (in search of DH's relatives). Fortunate are the souls buried here!

Next time: Points north, sheeps, and more yarn

9 comments:

betty said...

Nice photos!

I myself have never traveled to Scotland.

And you bought 2 lbs of cheese??

Did you carry it back in luggage?

yoel said...

Erm no, I ate the cheese for dinner that night, and breakfast and snacks the next day. That's only 1 lb each for me and DH. :$

KiniaCat Crafts said...

{grin} I had that question too...I'd wondered about how far the 2 lbs of cheese had travelled.
Again, nifty pictures. I especially like the pictures of the Stirling Castle cemetery and the gate guards.

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