We learn how-to do a long tail cast on for both left and right handed knitters with Edinburgh's Ginger Twist Studio.
How did you get started?
I was taught to knit by my Nana as a youngster, and I've always loved all things WOOL! I moved to Edinburgh from the States several years ago and decided this was where I wanted to put down roots and open a wool shop and fill it with wonderful fibres and beautiful colours. I already spent all my free time knitting, and thought I would make a career at it. Ginger Twist Studio has now been open since June 2013, and I adore being a yarn shop lady!
Where are you located?
I'm located on the East side of Edinburgh in a neighbourhood called Abbeyhill. This is on London Road, just near the top of Easter Road. It is a 10 minute walk from the top of Leith Walk, and also a 10 minute walk from Parliament and Holyrood Palace. There are plenty of buses that run along London Road, including the 1, 4, 19, 26, 35, 44, and 45.
Which products do you specialise in?
Local hand dyed luxury yarns, wool and other yarns made of natural fibres, knitting and crochet workshops, patterns, knitting and crochet supplies, and buttons.
Do you have a particular favorite product that you sell?
Ginger's Hand Dyed, which is a range of luxury hand dyed yarns I produce myself. Come take a look at my hand dyed rainbow waterfall of yarn!
What's on the stereo?
I love my digital radio, and alternate between BBC Radio 4 and 6.
Where else should we visit in your area?
The Manna House Bakery provides some delicious treats and a great cup of coffee just round the corner on Easter Road. AND there is also Thinking Chocolate, located on London Road. Delicious handmade chocolate, enough said. Also, the Safari Lounge is also just down the road, which is my favourite pub, and they do a mean bowl of fries!
Do you host any workshops, classes or special events?
I run an extensive knitting and crochet workshop programme, focussing on a variety of techniques. We also run beginner workshops every other month to gain some brand new converts. I also run a Designer of the Month programme, so we occasionally do a book signing/meet and greet in the shop for that.
I also run a weekly knit club at The Safari Lounge, a pub just down the road from the shop. We meet every Monday evening for a drink, chat and knit. We occasionally do some charity knitting, but it is mostly just bring the project you are working on and have a good time.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
I also organised Edinburgh's first Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl this past June. It was a yarn crawl that included me and 2 other yarn shops (Kathy's Knits and Be Inspired Fibres). This is going to be an annual event, as we had over 125 participants! So I hope to see some new faces next year for Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl 2015!
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