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31 March 2011

Feeding the passions

Sharing the love.

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We've stayed most of our time in Scotland at Millstonford House B&B in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, Scotland. I don't remember exactly how I stumbled upon it, but it just seemed right from the get-go -- all of it, from the farm-fresh eggs at breakfast and availability of bicycles, the proximity to castle ruins and islands and coastline and Highlands, to the Craft Town Scotland designation that appeals to the artists and artisans amongst us and the connection to St. Brigid that appeals to me (knitter of sweater of same name).

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While I often refer to "the curse of the internet" -- that it can bring us so close to people whom we may never meet -- I usually only feel that way when a far-away friend really needs a hug, or when it would be just great to join them for knit-night, or pop in for a cuppa and some catching up.

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When I mentioned to Yvette where we'd be going, she told me some of the shops in the area that we might check out -- including Old Maiden Aunt Yarns, which I'd never heard of before, located right in West Kilbride! This is completely the opposite of "curse of the internet." This is "what in the world did we do without the internet?" (and, I might add, "...Garmin, too?")

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When I read about Lilith's yarn dyeing workshops, it was pretty much a no-brainer.

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As you can see, it was a pretty great call. I wish you could have heard the cooing! There was all sorts of yarn love going on, and they are pretty excited about their yarn!!

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Me, too!

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Many thanks to Lilith for a wonderful time; sincere condolences about the microwave but kudos for pinch-hitting and making it all work! We had a great time.

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We've had such a wonderful time in Scotland. I can't wait to come back!

Tomorrow, we head for Wales and meeting up with Maddy for a couple of days before we (most of us) head back home. Kate will spend a few days in London with Maddy before heading to Barcelona, I believe, and before Maddy departs with her group for the "continental tour" portion of their program.

Comments

That might be the best name for a yarn shop EVER! You've created the perfect souvenir to to go along with your memories (and pictures!).

You know Yvette ! She 'lives' here now :
http://www.yvettecampbell.com/blog-posts/
Looks like a most fabulous day.
It pains me greatly to live an ocean away from a dear and precious friend, but I am so grateful to have had the chance to form that friendship. Once in a very blue moon she visits !

Most important question: Have ye' had haggis?

How fun is that! I can't think of anything more perfect: Scotland; daughters; fiber; color. Love!

Yes! At breakfast the other day, and Rusty had haggis, neeps & tatties at dinner last night. 'Tis good! We are German sausage people and also some other things my Grandma used to make that almost everyone else in the world would find completely disgusting. I've also had black pudding -- and have been meaning to look that up.

I'm mad for the mini-sock swag!!! How cool and what a great idea...hmmm...must check to see how many I have from Sock Summit 09!

And it looks as if you had a blast...
(((hugs)))

Loving those teeny socks...and oh, what gorgeous scenery!

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