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This was my bargain of the festival these cones plus 6 x 10g of Rennies cost me £17! Here we are in the bar doing Yarn Show and Tell.

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We also did Show and Tell Finished Objects. Lauren’s awesome colourwork hat. The last festival I realised coming without any hand made items upon my person was a terrible faux pas. This time I wore my ill crochet shawl.

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Justine’s Noro granny blanket… despite Scotrail’s best efforts she made it to the Ca-barr-et. This is us waiting to go in.jan2015 169 jan2015 168

We were so tired from tramping the stalls so three Granny Greeners sat in the Lounge in the afternoon and crafted. Please note Sarah is crocheting some hand spun, i’m on a long term crochet project and Nicola is making a grrany blanket (after we successfully brought her over to the Crochet Side.) That lurid neon hank of yarn is from Montreal La Maison Tricotee. I could not resist. And no less than Stephen West admired it.

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We shared our table at the Ca-barr-et with some knitters from Manchester! They were very kind to let us join them. Then the fun began! BTW how lovely it is to be in a place where EVERYONE is crafting? I really find it odd to go places where people are just sitting about when they could be creating and making instead of passively consuming.

Knitsonik’s Felix Ford’s talk was great I was hoping to buy her book at the festival but will order it instead

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I’m glad that she had a go at the Shreddies knitting Nana sterotype (next time bloody Innocent I hope)
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This will run and run. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the number of student developments in the city. I stumbled onto this yarnbomb and checked out the background to the application. Which is pretty appauling. The developer not content with 240 units in a high density area in their plans this open space is designated as a ‘student park’. Considering the struggle in the 19th century to provide open spaces for people to enjoy in the city I’m disgusted at the idea of a private park being introduced into the city. As disgusted at the Craighouse development which is proposed as a ‘gated community’. Greener Leith has a posting which suggests that the developer may be backpedaling. However on the Edinburgh Council’s Planning Portal the documents have the words ‘student park’ marked on the plans.

fyi The first yarnbomb is ‘More Social Housing Fewer Bloody Students’ and the second ‘Keep Public Spaces Public No to Private Student Parks’


On Sat I skipped the farmers market due to getting up very late and still feeling very grim. I went up to Loudens on Fountainbridge to have a brunch out instead in the company of the FT. Good thing too as I saw this. Student accommodation being built by private developers sounds benign until  you discover a) the rents that are being charged for studio flats (£600-880 pcm) so for rich students only b) the quality of the  housing stock we have in Edinburgh is going down the pan c) come areas are approaching well over 50% student population meaning a disinterested transient group begins to dominate and d) the developers are using this to sneak in even more holiday lets during the summer and xmas. The Cockburn Association covers this well here.

jan2015 074 jan2015 072 jan2015 073As I’ve been off work for a week- I have been indulging in comfort crafting. Comfort crafting is crafting to play with colour. Luckily the found ball of sock yarn lurking under bed was combined with 2 other balls to make a rather cheery granny shawl. Progress has also been made on repairing and upscaling a blanket for a nephew and a few squares for Knit-a-Square out of oddments. The only problem is that I’m running out of suitably soothing radio / tv programmes on the iplayer to zonk out of.




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