Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Yarn shopping in Kirkwall, Orkney

Today we spent the day in Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney. I had previously looked up yarn shops that might be found there, so in between sightseeing I managed to visit all of them. Just in case somebody Googles this post because they are also holidaying in Orkney, here are the shops I found. They are all on the long shopping street which changes name four times.

Orcadian Crafts, 8 Bridge Street. Knitwear, some of the North Ronaldsay Undyed yarn, some yarn on cones, and general gifts.

J&J Smith, 59 Albert Street. A general haberdashery store, some x-stitch, general craft supplies.

Wool and Wine, 11 Broad Street in a courtyard. A wine shop that also sells the Tait and Style slubby yarn, hand knits, and a range of buttons including these wooden ones which I bought for 20p each.

I bought the Fair Isle mug in a gift shop, there were three different designs. And we visited a display of Orcadian handicrafts where DH bought this runic fair isle hat in pure wool.

10-12 Victoria Street - knitwear, also a range of the New Lanark yarns in balls or on cones, hand dyed skeins by local artist, and knitting patterns by Liz Lovick. Also the North Ronaldsay yarn.

Simply Wool, 35 Victoria street. Beregere de France yarns, Sirdar, baby yarn, only a few local skeins but this was the only pure knitting shop.

3 comments:

Daisy said...

Love the fair isle mug!

Gill Napier said...

That's fantastic!!
I've never been to the Shetlands and finally found a tour that has a day in Kirwall and a day in Lerwick.
I'll definitely make a note of the stores you visited.
Thank you again. x

Gill Napier said...

That's fantastic!!
I've never been to the Shetlands and finally found a tour that has a day in Kirwall and a day in Lerwick.
I'll definitely make a note of the stores you visited.
Thank you again. x

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