The Linne Foirthe Club

'Face Over The Forth' by Chris Combe, via Flickr.
‘Face Over The Forth’ by Chris Combe, via Flickr.

Face over the Forth

The inspiration for ‘Linne Foirthe Club’ – the Gaelic name for the Firth of Forth – was geographically driven by the stunning location of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and the many journeys made to reach the festival.

We wanted to create a unique yarn club for those who were either unable to attend or looking for a special souvenir to remember their trip to this magical city. (Who doesn’t love souvenir yarn?)

During a meeting with Jo and Mica, the duo behind the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, we decided we needed to represent and celebrate the vibrant and creative side of Edinburgh. The fibre community here is incredible, with the city and surrounding areas playing host to inspirational dyers, designers and yarn shops. We also could not miss the opportunity to give a nod to the iconic vistas and landmarks that Edinburgh is famous for.

Edinburgh is renowned for its architecture; it is a city full of beautiful buildings and dramatic structures, one of the most iconic of which is the Forth Bridge. Designed by Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, it was completed on 4th March 1890, making it 125 years old this year. The bridge connects Edinburgh with Fife. The inspiration photograph was taken from North Queensferry on the Fife side, looking back towards Edinburgh and showing the Forth Road Bridge on the left of the image.

Many people attending Edinburgh Yarn Festival will cross one of these two iconic bridges as they journey to and from the city. The photo not only represents the physical journey, but also the virtual journey made by those who will participate in the community of Edinburgh Yarn Festival online and through social media.

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How does it work?

Three, specially selected hand dyers have been provided with the inspiration photo. Each will use the image to inspire them to create a one-off, limited colour way for the Linne Foirthe Club. Dyed on to 100g of finest quality, fingering weight yarn from the dyers’ ranges, these three yarns are then brought together and beautifully packaged for your delight. Dispatched no later than 12th March 2015 (earlier for overseas customers) they should arrive in time for you to enjoy on the weekend of the festival. It’s a great way to see the signature style of the dyers and sample a yarn from their range.

The club will go on sale at 1900GMT tomorrow, 15th February 2015, at http://www.thegoldenskein.com. Don’t worry if you’re on the other side of the planet, as TGS ships worldwide! The club will be an excellent opportunity to experience the Scottish yarn scene and a little of what Edinburgh Yarn Festival has to offer, inspired by the beautiful city itself!

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About Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015

This is the second Edinburgh Yarn Festival, hosted for the first time in 2015 in the Edinburgh Corn Exchange to accommodate even more exciting exhibitors and visitors for this popular event. Around 100 exhibitors and an exciting workshop programme will provide something of interest for all yarn and textile enthusiasts.

The organisers’ vision for 2015 is to create a “Yarn-Lovers’ Dream Department Store for a Weekend” – come and join the fun!

Hand-picked exhibitors from all over the UK, and beyond, are invited to show off and sell the most luxurious and interesting products and supplies the Yarn Industry has to offer.
The event will be of equal interest for the complete beginner to the internationally recognised knitwear designer. Buy wonderful materials and tools, learn a new skill and make new friends whilst attending Scotland’s Biggest Urban Knitting and Crochet Event.

Buy your ticket here.

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