i’ve spent two wonderful weeks in uk. one week in cornwall and one week in scotland. it was very difficult to muster any enthusiasm to go home, i can tell you. i had a wonderful time. all the time. oh, i’ve been to england many times, but never to cornwall or scotland. i couldn’t possibly say which parts i loved best, all i know is that all the places that i visited during these two weeks, i will visit again! i didn’t buy much yarn, although i did find some nice yarns here and there, because most of it you can get over the internet. but i did buy two small skeins of the locally produced yarn from shilasdair when i visited isle of skye. i bought it at the tourist information shop in portree, because it was difficult to get to shilsdair without a car.
by chance i happened upon a rowan yarn sale when i was in edinburgh, everything on sale was at half price, so i bought a whole bag (10 skeins) of rowan ryc cashcotton in a lovely yellow-green colourway. it will probably make a nice soft jumper some day
what i really loved about both cornwall and scotland was that there were sheep everywhere. we travelled by train, so we did get to see a lot of the countryside. i don’t know if most sheep are kept for the meat of for the wool, but i did see a fair amount of sheep that had obviously been sheared, so i suppose that some of them are kept for the sake of the wool. i tried to take photos of them, but it’s not so easy sometimes when the train is speeding by qiute fast. here is one attempt:
beeing a huge harry potter buff i was obviously thrilled to ride the train over the glenfinnan viaduct! when we arrived at mallaig the jacobite steam train (used in the films) was waiting at the station, so i took some photos of that too:
*in the unlikely event that you aren’t a terry pratchett fan: “ships” is the plural of “sheep” in the nac mac feegle lingo in his books about tiffany aching (which are his best works ever written, in my opinion)