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I was in Edinburgh visiting my parents last week. They live a short walk away from Be Inspired Fibres. Last year I bought a skein of Fyberspates Vivacious 4-ply there and made an Ishbel. I shared it here where I explained exactly why I had avoided Ishbel up to then and how Mei explained just why this pattern would work well (and she was right!) I really hoped there would be some more of the yarn in blue or green to make another Ishbel.

I turned up at Be Inspired Fibres and Mei remembered that I live in Cologne. (She may have been helped by the fact that she’s sweet enough to read this blog!) We chatted while she showed me yarn I might like. While Mei served other customers I browsed through all her lovely yarn. She has an online shop but it is lovely to see and touch the yarn for real.

Then the parcel delivery man arrived with a box full of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. Mei actually opened it up while I was there and started pulling out skein after skein of beautiful yarn. The colours are fantastic. I can see now why people are so keen on this yarn. I faced a bit of a dilemma. I would have liked to have taken most of the box home with me. However, I whittled it down to two colours.

close-up teal yarn

Norway Spruce

close-up blue yarn

Well Water

They lay on the table side-by-side and we were both immediately struck by how good they looked together! Mei disappeared downstairs to her classroom to bring up a two-colour shawl she’s working on: Cladonia by Kirsten Kapur because I couldn’t picture it just from the name.

It’s obvious what comes next isn’t it? Yes, I bought both!

If you’re in Edinburgh, and it’s a city well-worth a visit, call in to Be Inspired Fibres. You can find shop details on Ravelry, on Facebook and Mei’s online shop is here. You can also follow Mei’s Be Inspired Fibres blog here on WordPress.