There was a time in the not too distant past that Edinburgh was short of places to buy yarn. For the itchy fingered knitter the choices were restricted to John Lewis, Jenners ( where I cut my teeth as a Rowan design consultant) and the slightly bizarre Daintyland in Causewayside. Fast forward around 13 years and the city is very lucky to have a new yarn shop on Broughton Street.
Kathy’s Knits, which is owned by my friend Cathy Robb and her husband Leslie, opened it’s doors just a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately I missed the shop’s grand opening but as I was up in Edinburgh for a wedding a couple of weekends ago I popped in for a nosey.
The shop is below street level in what used to be the Thread Bare vintage dress shop (on the left hand side as you come down the street from the back of the St James Centre) and Cathy and Leslie have created a beautifully light, modern space with loads of daylight – perfect for browsing through the selection on the shelves. And what of the yarns? Well I’m very, very pleased that Cathy is stocking all three yarns from my own yarn range and tells me there have been many coos of delight when knitters squish at the balls and discover how soft they all are. (For those of you after yarns with a truly Scottish flavour Kathy’s Knits have their own exclusive brand of Hebridean Mohair and Pure Wool Laceweight as well as yarns from JC Rennie and New Lanark). The shop has a website and although there isn’t currently an online shop, I’m sure there’s one in the pipeline.
For more details of exactly where to find the shop and opening times click here