Celtic Cable Shawls and Kathy’s Knits
Recently we visited Edinburgh for the day, unfortunately not at the same time as the famous yarn festival but I wasn’t going to let that stop me having yarny fun. A quick check with the ladies of one of my online knitting groups and I had the name of a local yarn shop that was hopefully close enough to where I’d be for me to slink off and visit.
So that was how I found myself following directions from my phone to Kathys Knits. I didn’t take any photos inside as frankly, I was far to busy having fun looking at their stock and chatting. There was a lovely selection of British yarns but, and now don’t faint with shock when I tell you this, I didn’t buy any. Yes, you read that correctly, I visited a yarn shop and didn’t buy any yarn.
Don’t worry though, it’s not quite as bad as it sounds, I didn’t leave empty-handed but with a beautiful pattern book by local Edinburgh designed Lucy Hague. Actually, there were a couple of books by her and I spent a while trying to decide between the two, eventually deciding upon ‘Celtic Cable Shawls’.
Several of these patterns were knitted up as samples in the shop and I always appreciate this. As a photographer, I appreciate good photography but as a knitter, I still prefer to see an actual sample. So this book joins my recent Shetland Lace Knitting book on the bookshelf but will probably get used sooner as I’m eyeing up one of the patterns for some beautiful yarn I received at Christmas from my brothers in law.
I have to say that the patterns and charts inside look scary but comprehensive. I have a couple of projects to finish before I can cast on any of the beautiful pattern in this book, but I’ll report back once I get started on how I find the patterns. I’m certainly looking forward to a cabled shawl in my near future.