November 20, 2019 3 min read
Nestled on the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, there's a very special yarn shop that we are proud to count as one of our stockists. Run by Jessica James-Thomson, Ginger Twist Studio is a cavern of pure woolly joy, bursting at the seams with squishy wool, fibre and patterns. It also serves as home to Ginger's Hand Dyed, a range of beautifully hand-dyed yarns from the Jess herself. You may remember us using her gorgeous Masham Mayhem 4ply which we showcased in BREEZE for our Coromuel pullover. We thought it would be fun to take a trip to Scotland today and find out a little more about Jess and her woolly world!
My name is Jess and I live in Edinburgh, Scotland. I was born in the Philippines, grew up in Oregon, came of age in NYC and have become delightfully settled in Edinburgh. I've now had a wool shop (Ginger Twist Studio) for over 6 years, and life is good.
I run a weekly knit and crochet night at a pub near the shop. We meet every Monday evening and I typically enjoy a glass of wine with my current WIP. We are a wonderfully diverse group of gals (the occasional man will come along), and these are some of my favourite people! We are a very kind, fun and welcoming bunch.
I have always wanted to have my own wool shop, and after becoming settled in Edinburgh, I saw there was opportunity to turn this dream into a reality. I've always knit and been a lady of crafty ambitions, and a wool shop seemed the perfect fit for combining my skills of business and creativity. I started up on the teeniest of shoe string budgets (the shop hardly had any wool in it compared with now), and it was such hard work. But I just kept moving on ahead and feel more passionate about my wee shop and work than ever.
When starting up the bricks and mortar store, I wanted to offer something special and personal. The answer was to produce my own range of luxury hand dyed yarns. Ginger's Hand Dyed was born! I have a wide variety of bases from lace weight all the way up to chunky, and I love seeing how my colourways take to different bases.
I love Making Stories' ethos and what they stand for, and the patterns are always of high quality and beeeeeeeeeeautiful. I only sell what I want to use myself.
I was so honoured to be selected as a yarn partner! My Masham Mayhem 4ply was selected to be used for the Coromuel Jumper in BREEZE. To be considered for the position of 'yarn partner' I had to send in a shade card of my nominated wool as inspired by a mood board, and was so thrilled when mine was chosen. And I've since made 2 versions of this jumper myself, and perhaps there is a third one in the pipeline.
I LOVE to knit sweaters and cardigans.
My Woolly Originals project bag, no question. And my Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Sharp Stainless Needle set.
My Nana teaching me to knit left-handed, even though she is right-handed. We managed alright, and little did she know, she was starting me off on my career!
I have my favourite comfy chair to curl up on in my living room and binge on my latest TV obsession. I'm currently in the middle of watching New Amsterdam and manage to cry every at single episode. Ha!
My shop is super wee, and I therefore have to be very selective about what I stock. I do stock yarns for a wide variety of budgets, but everything is stuff I want to work with and use myself. I think this helps preserve my passion for my career choice.
The shop is located at 11 London Road in Edinburgh if you are in the area, or check out the website www.gingertwiststudio.com.
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