Friday, 25 March 2011

A little trip away in celebration

Monday marked two years since Mr NM and I did this:

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In celebration we went here:

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That's Edinburgh if you weren't sure. It was wonderful, we had glorious sunny weather (after all my colleagues had warned me last week that we'd be freezing and it was snowing up there!) and I even regretted wearing my big, thick, winter coat and wished I'd taken a lighter weight one. Spring was truly in the air just as it was two years ago when we managed a cold but bright with sunshine day.

I don't have a lot of pictures to show, I'm not sure why I didn't take lots considering the beautiful weather and what a gorgeous place Edinburgh is but there you go. I did take this rather odd shot just because I was so baffled, this is the first hotel room I've been in where there was a telephone in the bathroom, I couldn't think why I'd need to make a call from there!

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One of the most exciting things about the trip was that we travelled by train. Whilst Mr.NM has a driving licence he's not done a lot of driving and isn't very confident so mostly if we're going anywhere I drive, the opportunity to just sit back and relax on the train was wonderful. It was made extra wonderful by the gorgeous view. The train up the east coast to Edinburgh is one well worth taking. I had rather wished we'd been able to get off the train at Berwick-upon-Tweed it was so gorgeous.

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There was knitting on the train, I may have started a new project in the fuzzy, orange ball of Kidsilk Haze fluff purchased last October when I was in London.

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Mmm orange fluff. The colourway is Marmalade and it's a deeper, redder orange than this picture shows.

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I had said all along that my trip to Edinburgh was one of the occasions where my yarn diet could be broken. I was still very reserved when I made my little visit to K1 Yarns Knitting Boutique a charming little shop with a lovely and very enthusiastic member of staff. Mr NM initially joined me in the shop but ran away when the lady working there started enthusiastically thrusting angora at us and telling us all about her future knitting plans. Sadly pure angora was not in my knitting budget no matter how soft and fuzzy, I also rather surprised her by telling her they do actually sell Orkney Angora at my LYS in Leeds! The rule was I could only buy something there I can't buy at home.

What I did go for was two 50g balls of DK weight 100% Scottish Wool in Turquoise and Silver as I am determined to have a go at colourwork and make some sort of hat from this.

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I hope everyone else has had a lovely week, I am enjoying my last few days at home before my return to the daily grind. I will mostly be attempting to prepare for some heavy duty blogging next week as part of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011.


  1. What a great place to go for a break. I haven't been since I was a child, but would love to go back. The yarn you bought looks really interesting. It'll be nice to see it made up.

    I couldn't resist that Marmalade fluff either. It is stunning isn't it!

  2. Happy belated wedding anniversary. Glad you had a good time in Edinburgh, I've never been to Scotland. I love travelling by train but it's so expensive these days, it's much cheaper to drive when there's four of you. I love Kidsilk Haze too, it's so soft and there's lovely colours in it. I'm looking forward to seeing what you're knitting.

  3. Happy anniversary to you both ( a bit late!!) Mr JK and I went to Edinburgh a few years ago and were only saying this week that we'd like to go back! And now that you've already found me a yarn shop, how can I not return?! I love the colours of the yarn you bought. They will make a lovely hat! See you in Blog week! xx

  4. Happy anniversay! Edinburgh is on my agenda to visit one of these days. Looks like a beautiful city. Have a good week. Leah x