take me there: the outer hebrides

Posted in knit, take me there, travel on May 16th, 2007 by fabienne

Soay sheep on Hirta

[photo of soay sheep on the outer hebrides by Commonorgarden under a creative commons attribution-nonCommercial 2.0 license]

i’m posting this since it has been a while since i did my last take me there post, and since bobbi is running an sp10 contest as to the best travel destination for some knitting. personally i don’t mind knitting in an urban environment but because of my love for all that is insular, i nominate the outer hebrides. i’ve never been to scotland and the outer hebrides has some very interesting local ecology (beyond even the rare sheep) as well as some fantastic islands to chill out on. oh yeah and the knitting rockstar starmores hail from there, minor detail. now for the contest questions:

1) what do you pack to knit?

i would definitely pack plenty of sock knitting including knee highs and probably a larger piece like a blanket or heavy wrap or a large sweater to work on to keep my lap warm in the local climate of the hebrides.

2) what do you hope to shop for?

starmore yarn, locally spun wool, and local patterns.

take me there: dellis cay

Posted in take me there, travel on January 23rd, 2007 by fabienne

dellis cay

i’m going to start a new feature here called take me there. first up is dellis cay: an island in the turks and caicos. the island is renown for its seashells and relative obscurity. i found zero shots in flickr, and no info in wikipedia. knowing my childhood obsession with islands and seashells and sailing, i’m fairly sure a visit would be a safe bet. add in modern architecture and i think i can stay for quite a long while.

i saw the island thanks to Harry at MoCo Loco who highlighted the architectural marvels being built there by the likes of Zaha Hadid et al. if you go to the dellis cay site please be forewarned that the annoying flash presentation about the astounding architecture will take over your entire monitor. google maps wasn’t responsive with a search for the island so i am linking to their coordinates instead. i figured out which island was dellis cay thanks to a map here.