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September sunset

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dramatic cloud line over Holyrood Park, Edinburgh | Emma Lamb

Early autumn is the best for dramatic sunsets, especially from Holyrood park here in Edinburgh where you get great views over the city and a much better sky view than from the streets of tall tenement buildings...


skimming Salisbury Craggs | Emma Lamb
skimming Salisbury Craggs | Emma Lamb

Below are views of Dynamic Earth (you can see the roof suspension cables at the bottom left of the pic) the Royal Mile and Calton Hill respectively. This was my first walk around Arthur's seat in a couple of months and although I just stuck to the gentle path around the marshy pond in the centre it felt so good to be able to do it again. And what a treat to be able to capture such a fantastic light show!

dramatic light show over Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh | Emma Lamb
dramatic light show over The Royal Mile, Edinburgh | Emma Lamb
dramatic light show over Calton Hill, Edinburgh | Emma Lamb
going home | Emma Lamb

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snippets of summer : vibrant greens and unexpected pink

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botanical details | Emma Lamb

A couple of weekends ago, on a prticularly hot summer's day I had a rare treat indeed - an afternoon at Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens without the wee man, eep! I feel guilty just talking about it! Dogs aren't allowed in so it's never really somewhere I think about visiting anymore. Before Spanner, and when we lived a little closer, my man and I would wander through there almost every weekend. We loved it and I do miss those walks very much. So as I said, the other week when it was way too hot for wee doggies to be out in the sun we took a sneaky couple of hours and a lovely walk through those gardens.

Needless to say I got a wee bit snap happy with my camera and even though many of the plants had just finished their flowering cycle there was still so much inspiration to be found. Instead of subjecting you to pages upon pages of leafy and flowery images I shall be adding my favourites to my Flickr pages and sharing the occasional post with you here. The first 'batch' I've sorted through are these gorgeous vibrant greens and amazing variety of pinks...

sprinkled with tiny petals | Emma Lamb
trimmed | Emma Lamb
when the petals have fallen | Emma Lamb
unexpected pink | Emma Lamb

I adore these shocking pink leaf stems, aren't they amazing!? It's always so inspiring to happen upon such beautiful and unexpected colours in nature like this.

Sorry I can't tell you what any of these plants are, I got completely carried away and forgot to take note of any names. Ho-hum, I shall just have snaffle myself another sneaky afternoon without the wee man!

Emma, x

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local talent : Ziggy Aeroplane

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Yesterday afternoon after spending almost an hour standing in the Post Office queue (!) I decided to treat myself to a wee visit to a local pop-up shop. Ziggy Aeroplane is a lovely wee collaboration between Fiona Purves of Paper Aeroplane and Amy Dolan of Ziggy Sawdust, and their idea was to set up a special event to celebrate their first year in business.

Ziggy Aeroplane is a lovely wee collaboration between Fiona Purves of Paper Aeroplane and Amy Dolan of Ziggy Sawdust to celebrate their first year in business. | Emma Lamb

I've been lucky enough to meet lovely Fiona a few times before at local craft fairs, but it was so lovely to spend a little more time chatting with her yesterday. She told me this whole idea came about after she spotted Amy's Facebook post about the big first year milestone for her business, the timing was perfect as Fiona had the very same milestone approaching in the same month! After sending a first tentative email, something between Fiona and Amy just clicked and their idea for a pop-up shop collaboration began to gain momentum.



To fund the project they set up a Kickstarter page and, with the help of some friends, made the sweetest video to promote their campaign. If you're in Edinburgh today you will be able to catch on the big BBC screen on Lothian Road, something Fiona finds incredibly surreal!

So far the pop-up shop has been a huge success for these two ladies and they are excited about the interest and enthusiasm for their work. If you haven't been to see them yet you can find them at the Whitespace gallery, Gayfield Square, until 6.30pm tonight. I highly recommend you do pop along if you can.

Ziggy Aeroplane is a lovely wee collaboration between Fiona Purves of Paper Aeroplane and Amy Dolan of Ziggy Sawdust to celebrate their first year in business. | Emma Lamb
Visit Paper Aeroplane to find our more about Fiona's collection of cards, prints and stationery featuring her nostalgic hand-drawn illustrations and lettering.
Visit Ziggy Sawdust to find out more about Amy's collection of lovingly up cycled retro and vintage furniture as well as her bespoke service.

I love the work of these two ladies and I was sorely tempted to come home with this dresser, the one with the huge round mirror. Isn't it gorgeous!? If only I had the space for it, curse this tiny flat of mine!

Emma, x

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local talent : Edinburgh Yarn Festival photos, part 2

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Out of all the exhibitors stalls at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, I did have one or two particular favourites. Although I do I wish I could show you more of the stalls in detail but as I mentioned earlier it was very busy, with some stalls forming their own wee queues! So in the interests of fairness I tried not to get in anyone's way while I was taking pictures, but did the best I could to capture those particular favourites...

Getting to meet the Skein Queen herself at the first Edinburgh Yarn Festival! | Emma Lamb

Top of my list of course was the fabulous Debbie, aka Skein Queen! I've only known Debbie online so it was a real treat to finally get to meet her in person, not to mention all of her gorgeous yarns! Getting to see them and 'squish' them all in person, spending a long time dithering over which colours I couldn't leave without. Debbie has an amazing eye for colour and although her yarns are semi-solids (a marled colour distribution) they have such an intensity and vibrancy. I can't wait to show what I bought, maybe on Friday. We also got chatting about a few yarn related things (as you would expect) and I asked her a few questions about something I've been pondering for a while now... but that's for another day! Oh, and it was a real teat to see one or two of my garlands decorating her beautiful stall!


Old Maiden Aunt Yarns was another stall I didn't want to miss and a whole lot of other folks had the very same idea. I think it took me ten minutes to get in to see these beautiful yarns properly, Lilith's fabulous twinkly sock yarn seemed to be holding everyone up! Once I got in I had a great time rummaging through trunks full of delicious yarn (bottom left in the picture below). Her colours are equally as mesmerising as Debbie's are but to me Lilith seems to have more of an eye for beautiful vintage tones. Slightly more muted and earthy, but still very vibrant too... I wish I could have brought that whole trunk home with me!

Marvelling over the beautiful lace knit shawls and delicious colours at Old Maiden Aunt | Emma Lamb
Gorgeous colours on Lioness Arts stand! | Emma Lamb

Another stall that was crowded most of the day was Lioness Arts, Dani probably thought I was a wee bit odd since I kept stalking past her stand hoping for a photo op... sorry Dani! I did get a quick one in the end and was able to chat with Dani for a wee while, she is super lovely! Of course her yarns are utterly beautiful too; lots of very pretty rich pastel tones (a wee bit bolder than regular chalky pastel colours) mixed with berry colours and some intense greys and blues. Her Exquisite Sock yarn was by far my favourite and I shall definitely be stalking her Etsy shop for it's next update!

Last but by no means least is Susan Crawford's stall full of the most beautiful vintage samples and colours you could possibly hope for! It was so inspiring to see someone so passionate about keeping vintage designs and aesthetics alive. I picked up Vol.2 of A Stitch In Time and have already booked marked a few things I'd like to try. There are some gorgeous Fair Isle patterns too but it's a technique I haven't practised for a very, very long time. It may take a while but I would love to knit the 'Wartime Farm Sleeveless Pullover' for myself... okay, a very, very long while!

Susan Crawford VIntage at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2013 | Emma Lamb

One stall that I'm a wee bit disappointed I didn't get to photograph properly for you was The Yarn Pony, this is Mica's (one of EYF's organisers) hand dyed yarn brand, next time I promise! But I did get to chat to her for a wee while too, another super lovely lady who is incredibly passionate about her yarns.

All in all, the whole event was amazing. Much busier than the organisers expected but it definitely confirmed their suspicions that there is a huge market for this kind of event here in Scotland, so of course we're all eagerly awaiting the next one! I think I only spent around three hours there on the day, but came away totally energised and inspired by it all. It made me want to create and create and just keep on creating! It's also making me rethink a few things which in turn is helping me to generate lots of new ideas, not just for crochet makes but other avenues of creativity. It feels great!

Thank you so much Mica, Jo and Linda for your vision to create such a wonderful event here in Edinburgh and to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make it happen too. I shall see you at the next Edinburgh Yarn Festival!

Emma, x

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local talent : Edinburgh Yarn Festival photos, part 1

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OMG, wow! Wow, wow, WOW! The Edinburgh Yarn Festival was amazing, absolutely amazing!

I knew from the moment I arrived it was going to be good. There was a queue out the door with lots of ladies stood in the rain, quietly but excitedly nattering about their preferred yarny pastime and what they would head for once they got inside. I've never had to queue at any event at the Drill Hall before Saturday, none of the flea markets or craft fairs! That's when I knew the organisers Mica, Jo and Linda had created something quite special. Here's an overview in pictures (I took sooo many pictures!)...

Highlights from the first ever Edinburgh Yarn Festival | Emma Lamb

Over 1500 people were through the door on the day, which is incredible! At times there was even a wee queue to see some of the stalls, but it was so worth the wait to all the samples up close. I think I spent way too long at more than a few stalls happily playing with colour combinations trying to choose my favourites. I could have spent all day at some - Lioness Arts, Skein Queen, Old Maiden Aunt and Yarn Pony especially. The colours that these talented ladies produce are utterly mouthwatering. I so wish I had saved more pennies to buy more on the day (I'll show you my haul later in the week).


There wasn't much crochet on show this time (I will have to right that next time!) but I was happy to marvel over all the stunning knitted lace shawls on display. Then there were the beautiful clothing samples at both Ysolda's and Susan Crawford's stall. Both making me want to pick up my knitting needles and get clicking again! The first project I have my eye on is the gorgeous Marin scarf pattern by Ysolda, she had a sample on her stall and it is utterly beautiful.

Highlights from the first ever Edinburgh Yarn Festival | Emma Lamb

Oh, and the last pic here... Craft Reactor set up a wee stall at the entrance for everyone to have a go at decorating the Drill Hall's resident cow with multi-coloured pom-poms. Doesn't she look amazing!?

Oh, and I'll show you a much closer peek at four of my favourite stalls in part 2 a wee bit later today.

Emma, x

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