Cowbridge – an unexpected knitting haven


Omnia “In all things of nature there is something marvellous” Aristotle

This inspirational quote was on the bench where I enjoyed a peaceful hour’s knitting a few weeks ago, surrounded by the colours and scents of a well-tended garden, just a stone’s throw from the main road running through Cowbridge, near Cardiff.


Perfect knitting bench

The Cowbridge Physic Garden is run by volunteers, and is open to the public, free of charge. (If you are able to visit, please check in advance for opening times, as the gates are closed at set times for security.)


The Cowbridge Physic Garden

What could be nicer?

Well, as a dedicated yarnista, just one thing could make my trip to Cowbridge even better … A short walk along the road, tucked away in a small arcade, is a welcoming yarn shop called La Mercerie, where I met owner Jean and enjoyed a lovely chat about wool, notions and knitting!


La Mercerie, Cowbridge

Inspired by the greenery of the garden, I opted for a skein of 4 ply silk and super-merino, in the colourway “Undergrowth”, hand-dyed by local supplier The Old Piggery. It matched the soothing colours of the garden’s foliage so well, I thought it an excellent souvenir!

Matchy matchy!

Matchy matchy!

Have you found a knitting haven on your travels? I’d love to hear about it so please do share your tips!




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Sharing my love of yarny craft and encouraging others to give it a go!
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3 Responses to Cowbridge – an unexpected knitting haven

  1. swissrose says:

    I wish I could find out where the nice knitting places are (preferably with café included!) here in Stuttgart where it is bitingly cold and icy outside… from what I can see online they are tucked away in other parts of the city well away from where we’re staying! Oh well, maybe I’ll find one eventually if I keep exploring – I have to keep moving or I would turn to ice in a few seconds :o.

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