As I’ve been watching Outlander a lot lately, my love for Scotland only keeps growing. So I have decided that for my 30th birthday in 2020 I will take a trip to Scotland. Being the knitter I am, the first thing I did, of course, was to plan out the handknits I will be making for this trip. Once I checked to see what a typical summer in Scotland was like of course, as I will be going late June. I ended up with 7 things to make:
Tartan Mitts – in Valley Yarns Huntington, blue/white
Dragon Hide Mitts – in an orange variegated
Snapdragon Tam – in Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted, Briar
Thicket – in Valley Yarns DK, Forest
Color Affection – in medium blue, light blue and white
Poza – in Malabrigo Sock, Velvet Grapes
Twisted Cable Sweater – in Forbidden Fiber Co, Mist from the Neutrals Collection
I was pleased to discover, with the help of a friend, that I had almost all the patterns needed as well as the yarns. I only needed to buy the yarn for one had and the sweater yarn. And surprising no one is the presence of Ysolda Teague in this list. She is a Scottish knitting designer who has been one of my favorites for a very long time
There are so many places I want to visit when I go to Scotland that it’s a bit hard sometimes to settle on a list. Due to Outlander there are some that I definitely need to go to. Such as the Callanish Stones which form a circle similar to Stonehenge and were used as a model for the stones of Craigh na Dun in Outlander. I also very much wish to visit Midhope Castle which was used as the filming location for Lallybroch. The Isle of Skye is very high on my list of places to go as well, especially the fairy pools that can be found there.
I have so much to do to get ready but I’m excited for this new adventure that is so out of my comfort zone I’m also a little terrified. And I know the trip will be worth every moment of stress and worry I have now.