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This evening 
8th-Mar-2008 07:57 pm
Homeward
drinking gallons of orange juice in the Manchester Airport Hotel, having visited Mum on the way down from Scotland earlier in the day. My cold started on Thursday and has got steadily worse. Thank the Powers for tea and cornflakes.
Let me know if I missed anything really important during the week. Did I mention our nearest 'town' was Gretna (3 miles) and then Annan (4 miles) and that Gretna has the biggest collection of souvenier shops in the whole of Scotland? I couldn't find any knitting shops though. You'd think with all the sheep in the surrounding fields, there'd be loads of mills and shops, but apparently knitting is out of fashion.
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8th-Mar-2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
"apparently knitting is out of fashion"

Hah. It's been fashionable south of the border for about 5 years now. Reckon the Scots are just a bit slow on the uptake. That said, it's not all that easy to find decent yarn shops even in London (Liberty excepted - oh god do they make up for it!).

Edited at 2008-03-08 19:58 (UTC)
8th-Mar-2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Shopping in Scotland was like stepping into a time warp. Annan and Dumfries were like something you'd find in 1950s England.

Good to hear the knitting's going well. Try the Lion Brand website for lots of quick, easy chunky knits.
8th-Mar-2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Rowan Biggy Print and Big Knit are great and there's a whole book of patterns for it. Reckon I'll have a bash at one next week after a trip to Liberty on Monday.
9th-Mar-2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
It's still worth having a look at the Lion Brand patterns and using an equivalent weight Rowan yarn.
8th-Mar-2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Oh dear

I hope the cold didn't spoil your holiday too much!

I'm surprised about the lack of knitting shops though
9th-Mar-2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
The cold didn't spoil it at all. Thursday and Friday I stayed in the cottage, knitting,drinking tea and dozing, while MWNN hunted his ancestors in the Family Archives library in Dumfries.

I was very surprised. The poor Scots think they're all modern having abandoned knitting.
8th-Mar-2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Hee! Gretna where everybody in Regency romances elopes to???
*snuggles you and sends anti-cold fairies*
9th-Mar-2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Note that, despite all thos epeople running away there, the population of Gretna is still pretty small.

You don't think that once they get there, they run away again, do you?
9th-Mar-2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Well, I did figure there'd be some "procreating" going on ;)
9th-Mar-2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Not enough, not quickly enough.
9th-Mar-2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
You don't think that once they get there, they run away again, do you?
Well I would. Have you seen the waiting list to be married? OR the cost? Plus, it's full of grockles shopping in the millemium gateway shoppping center,
8th-Mar-2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
So you were really in the Debatable Land, then? I seem to recall good kitting stuff in Moffatt, about three quarters of an hour up the motorway towards Glasgow. Not much use to you now, though.

Sorry you're feeling grotty. There seem to be some very nasty colds going about just now. Hope MWNN and LGSD are OK and that your holiday was good despite the sniffles.

9th-Mar-2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
We went to Moffat, to the woolen mill, where they sold wollen goods but no yarn. It was the same story in every town, apart from one knitting shop in Dumfries where they had the usual selection and nothing hand dyed.

MWNN got a lot of genealogy stuff done, found some family graves and met some distant relatives. We even met another visitor wearing the Elliot tartan at the Wetland center on the Solway Firth.
8th-Mar-2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Sending healing vibes asap! I couldn't find any knitting shops though. You'd think with all the sheep in the surrounding fields, there'd be loads of mills and shops Well, there sure were a lot of them in 1985.
9th-Mar-2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
20 years is a long time and Scotland thinks it's entered the 21st century since then (when really it's stuck in a time-warp in the 1950s)
8th-Mar-2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's a case of "First, catch your sheep..."

Sorry to hear you have a cold. You take care of yourself. You know what your chest's like.

*fusses the devil*
9th-Mar-2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
It was a good thing I took some knitting with me. I finished one and a half tea cosies in the two days I stayed in the cottage while MWNN hunted down his ancestors.

Enjoys being fussed.
9th-Mar-2008 09:59 am (UTC)
No knitting shops?!?!?!?! Really?? Were there lots of tartan shops instead....?

Hope the cold disappears soon.
9th-Mar-2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
A fair few tartan and clan shops selling clan stuff and lots of cashmere jumpers and cardigans. MWNN bought me a lovely heathery green cardi for our anniversary.

Me too, though I suspect I'll have to cancel the Wikipedia session I was to host on Tuesday for the Hitchin Women's group.
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