Begin to Crochet Classes

 Don’t miss this opportunity to learn to crochet with

Carol Meldrum  on Sunday 13th November 2016


Learn to Crochet Basic Granny Squares for Beginners – 10.30 – 13.00  (£30)

Learn to Crochet & Join Motifs for Beyond Beginners – 14.00 – 16.30 (£30)

Discount £5 is available if you book for the two classes together, please contact me directly on email beinspiredfibres@gmail to reserve this option.








Forthcoming classes and workshops

Sunday –  9th October 2016 – 2 classes for beyond beginners.


10.30 – 13.00  – Learn to knit Fair Isle in the round with Double Pointed Needles with Carol Meldrum (£30)


14.00 – 4.45 – Steeking your Fair Isle with Confidence with Carol Meldrum (£30)

£5.00 discount for the two classes combined.

For more information,




Professional Finishing Techniques for Hand Knits

prof_fin_tech_1(1)One Day Workshop with Carol Meldrum – Sunday, 11th September 2016


10.30 – 16.30 with a break for lunch

In this workshop, Carol will show you how to get that professional look to your knitted garments.

On the day you will work through tried and tested increasing and decreasing methods, picking up stitches and creating button holes and button bands.

We will also look at the various sewing up methods and where and when to use them to get the best results. She will also demonstrate how to block your knits.

You will be asked to bring a selection of pre-knitted swatches 10cm x 10cm in pure wool with you, to practice sewing up.  For booking information, place click below.



New in the shop – Knit Cosmic Strings

Delighted to be stocking a new Edinburgh based indie dyer in the shop – Knit Cosmic Strings.isla_280x280.20498525_ntmgd13n

The team consists of Phu and Bea, both are biologists by day, but completely bitten by the hand dyeing bug, they spend their evenings creating amazing hand dyed wool!

I discovered them on Instagram and Etsy and I am amazed how they have managed to develop such a beautiful and contemporary range of hand painted yarns in a very short space of time.IMG_3805

Their colourways remind me of the beautiful patio gardens dotted around Marchmont, the Meadows and the Grange, where the shop is located.IMG_3807








Indie Burg Yarn Crawl 2016 and new arrivals

REVISED Yarn crawl passport BACK REVISED Yarn Crawl Passport FRONT

Goodness, the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl is tomorrow!

To celebrate the occasion, there will be a 2% discount on all purchases on the day, however, some items are not included in this offer which include Woolly Originals handmade bags.

There is a sale on the following products which are now being discontinued from the shop


Araucania Botany Lace – 100% Merino Wool, 100g/410m – £9.50 per skein.

Cascade Lana D’Oro – 50% Alpaca  / 50% Wool – 100g – 200m – £6.50 per skein IMG_3598



IMG_3600New arrivals in the shop include – Kate Davies’s new Book of Haps, don’t forget that she will be making an appearance and signing copies at Kathy’s Knits on Saturday, 11th June, which is also part of the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl organised by Ginger Twist Studios.


header_logoI am now also starting to stock  Hedgehog Fibres – currently their Sock Yarn,  Skinny Singles and Mini Skeins.


Beata dyes her yarn in Cork, Ireland and covers the wide spectrum of colours, tones and moods.  IMG_3601She is immensely popular and has a wide international following.

I have been following her progress probably for over eight years, from when she was a very small indie dyer.   Her colours and choice of bases continue to inspire me.

She has some lovely free patterns on her website that knit really well with her hand dyed  yarns, but her yarns have really inspired many of Stephen West’s designs.


Wollmeise now available in the shop


If you missed out on the amazing Wollmeise stand at this year’s Edinburgh Yarn Festival,  do not despair, as their beautiful and intensely dyed yarns are now available to buy in Edinburgh in my shop.

Be Inspired Fibres is located in Marchmont near the Meadows and the University of Edinburgh’s main campus and about a 15mins walk from the Royal Mile/Old Town.

Wollmeise Wall at Be Inspired Fibres

Wollmeise Wall at Be Inspired Fibres

Rohrspatz & Wollmeise is a highly sought after hand-dyed yarn brand, which was started up by Claudia Höll-Wellmann in 2002 and until a few years ago, extremely difficult to get your hands on.

The company is now a family run business and has managed to increase their production capabilities without compromising on their very high standards, so that fans around the globe can continue to enjoy the experience of creating amazing unique products with their high quality and stunning yarns.

I have just received an initial delivery in the following ranges and a mixture of semi solids and variegated.

Pure 150g- 525m – 100% superwash merino – £25.00

Twin 150g -466m – 80% superwash merino /20% polyamid – £25.00

Lace 300g – 1590m – 100% superwash merino – £48.00IMG_3394

Wollmeise DK 200g – 428m 100% superwash merino – £36.00

Prices dated April 16.

The yarns are only available to buy in the shop, as supply is limited and because it is hand dyed there are also no dye lots, as each skein is pretty unique.

I have also a small selection of their Nobody’s Perfect yarns, which are discounted at 20%.for a  limited period only.

In this delivery, the colours include:

Pure 150g (525m) :

Paul – Moses – Pfirsichkern- Petit Poison 5 (Light) – Petit Poison Nr 5 – Xaverl and Rosi Tortchen – Grapes for Sheri – Krokodil – Sabrina – Magnolie – Flohmarkt – Zimtapfel – Tollkirsche – Fledermaus – Mauerblumchen – Campari Orange – Admiral – Admiral in den Wolken – Wellensittichvogelfeder – hoity toity, Himbeere – Isarkiesel – Aquarius – 47ag – Yotta – holy moley – Vamp – Skandal um Rosi – Ruby Thursdsay, Auf dem roten Teppich

Twin 150g (466m) – Aspentree -Graue Eminernz -Mauseeballett,- Verhext und verratzt, Im dunklen Wald,Barist O, Allegria – Flower Power, Lowenzahn, Dani – Poison 5

Lacegarn 300g (1738yds) – Kakao – Raku-Regenbogen – Ruby Thursday – Petit Poison no.5

DK 200g (428m) Maus Alt – Rattenscarf – Heavy Metal – Poison Nr5 – Ein klein wenig verrucht – Tandoori Masala – 82Pb – Lapisiazuli – Minze – Nautilus

I will be announcing any new deliveries and introducing the colours I stock through my Ravelry group, Facebook (beinspiredfibres) Twitter (@InspireMei) and Instagram (beinspiredfibres)

For enquiries or if you need a certain colourway request, I can try to add it to my next order but there are no guarantees, please email me at 




Easter Holidays – Closed 25th March – 2nd April

IMG_3307Will be recovering from the fantastic Edinbrugh Yarn Festival 2016, over the Easter Holidays. The event was a great success and many thanks to Mica and Jo and the organising team for putting together such a great show.

Shop will be closed from 25th March, Good Friday – Saturday 2nd April.  I will re-open between 2-5pm on the Sunday 3rd April.


There are two short classes scheduled on Saturday, 16th April both taught by Karie Westermann.

Learn to crochet a granny square – 10.30 – 13.00

Learn to knit Continental Style – 14.00 – 16.30

You can book either  online or in the shop.


Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016


During the week of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival 17th – 19th March 2016, the Marchmont shop will be opened all week from Monday 14th  until 1.30pm on Thursday, 17th March.

The shop will be closed on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March, re-opening on Sunday at 2.00pm, as I will be taking an exhibition stand  at the Yarn Festival at the  Edinburgh Corn Exchange  on those two days.

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I will be taking a  selection of interesting fibres from the British Isles and yarns from Scotland and around the world, including the following brands: Habu, ITO yarns,  Madelinetosh, Life in the Long Grass, Lotus Yarns,   North Ronaldsay Wool, Orkney Angora, Malabrigo and Rhichard Devrieze to name a few.

Hope to you see you there!


Holiday Opening Times

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

Holiday Opening Times:

24th December – 10.30am – 3.30pm – OPEN

25th December – 28th December – CLOSED

Re-opening – Tuesday 29th December

Thursday 31st December – 10.30 – 3.30pm – OPEN

Friday 1st -January 2016 – CLOSED

Saturday 2nd January 2016 – OPEN

Sunday 3rd January 2016 – 2pm – 5pm OPEN