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Knitting as I have never known it

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Alea Sat 26-Sep-15 13:31:16

My home town in the Scottish Borders.
I am speechless!

rosequartz Sat 26-Sep-15 13:42:11

When I see pictures of yarnbombing I always hope that the yarn will be rescued quickly and made into blankets etc for needy people.

Oh, don't get me started ... grin

But well done, Grace! Keep crocheting!

rosequartz Sat 26-Sep-15 13:43:45

Have you gone round and taken any photos, Alea?

Alea Sat 26-Sep-15 13:55:34

350 miles away rosequartz

rosequartz Sat 26-Sep-15 14:07:29

Oh! I thought you meant you lived there! blush

Alea Sat 26-Sep-15 14:16:31

No, "home town" as in " where I grew up".

Elegran Sat 26-Sep-15 14:38:45

Well done that 104 year-old.

I thought at first that it should have read "Soutra Stormers" not "Souter Stormers"

Alea Sat 26-Sep-15 15:17:03

Selkirk is normally a bit of a "grey toun" so I imagine this must have put smiles on a few faces! Wish I could have seen it.

rosequartz Sat 26-Sep-15 16:59:42

I hope I will still be crocheting away when I'm 104.

It will be a miracle, though, as I can't get the hang of it now!

rosequartz Sat 26-Sep-15 17:01:38

I am confused now, as a souter is apparently a shoemaker

Elegran Sat 26-Sep-15 17:21:10

The main A68 road south from the Borders to England goes over Soutra - a pass through the hills. Maybe there is a link to this.

This was an important road south in the middle ages, and Soutra was the site of a hospital run by monks which was investigated recently. They found evidence of advanced knowledge of herbs and drugs - watercress used to treat scurvy for instance.

Alea Sat 26-Sep-15 17:27:56

I remember the trains on the Waverley line often struggling up Soutra Hill en route for Edinburgh Waverley , and if there was snow, guess where was always blocked?
Yes , rosequartz, the "Souters" of Selkirk were traditionally shoemakers. Rumour hath it that Bonnie Prince Charlie knitted his army out with "shoon" (shoes) in Selkirk in his way south in the '45, undertaking to pay on his glorious return.
They're still waiting.