hands up if you like Cashmere

old skool technology, heritage, cashmere wool and an awesome Mississippi mud pie!

Apparently this trip is not all about me! After last nights bar room sing along, much to Lornas delight, we found out that Hawick is famous for Cashmere wool and knitting! So after a full Scottish breakfast with some Haggis, we headed off to explore the town and find the knitting heritage museum and visitor centre of the world-famous family set-up business Johnstons of Elgin (since 1797).

hands up if you like Cashmere
hands up if you like Cashmere

Some amazing looking proper old skool technology on display, and I could not believe just how soft the Cashmere wool felt to the touch, amazing stuff! As Lorna is about to embark on an MA in Textiles this September at the Royal College of Art in London, she really enjoyed seeing the industrial history and production processes on display.

old skool technology – a 250 year old hand frame loom
old skool technology – a 250-year-old hand frame loom

Having spent time exploring the knitting heritage centres and museums, we grabbed a lovely lunch at the Damascus Drum Cafe in the centre of town. A great little independent cafe/bookshop tucked away off the high street serving good coffee/tea and fair trade/home produced food… plus an awesome Mississippi mud pie! 🙂

route planning with an awesome Mississippi mud pie at the Damascus Drum cafe
route planning with an awesome Mississippi mud pie at the Damascus Drum cafe

Nice to have a relaxing/non-driving time mooching around Hawick, taking in a bit of history, heritage and culture, but after a great lunch in the Damascus Drum Cafe, it was time to hit the road again as we wanted to push on and head on up to Edinburgh tonight as we had a special place we wanted to spend some time at tomorrow…

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