Well, what a great Yarndale weekend we had! I was volunteering both days and had time as well to wander around, and make a few purchases :)
As ever, the atmosphere was fun and friendly. I met so many lovely people, and there were over 200 wonderful exhibitors giving so much inspiration!
|Waiting for the doors to open!|
|Lucy (Attic24) in the knit and natter lounge with her fab blankets!|
|Miles of bunting!|
|Lucy's mandalas waving in the sunshine|
|Winwick Mum's famous 'Sock Line'. Donated hugs for feet|
|Leeds Liverpool canal - in yarn!|
|This year's wonderful charity project - butterflies!|
|There were sheep of all description|
I bought a skein of Eden Cottage Yarns' 'Titus 4ply', in colourway Crocosmia'. This fabulous yarn is 75% cashmere, 25% silk. I bought some last year and made the softest, silkiest shawl/scarf, and this is destined for another! I also bought Winwick Mum's beautiful new book 'More Super Socks', which I am so excited about as I am determined to have a go at colourwork socks, following her excellent instructions.
I visited The Crochet Project to show them the shawl I made from their 'Fronds' pattern, which I had purchased last year. I made it in Rowan 'Lima', and it's such a warm and cosy shawl, and I get such a lot of use from it. They were kind enough to give me a free Crochet Project tape measure, as a thank you for taking a finished item to show them. This will be just perfect for keeping in my bag.
I have had my eye on Janie Crowfoot's 'Mystical Lanterns' blanket pattern for a long time, as I really fancied making a blanket from motifs next time, and these are such an interesting shape. I was sooooo tempted by the beautiful kit, but I was very good and just bought the pattern as I have so many 'odd balls' of DK wool/wool blend yarn that I should really use up and make space in my sewing room. I can't wait to get started!
It was a fabulous weekend! If I had to pick my highlights they would be (as a volunteer) putting an entrance wristband on a child's stuffed toy elephant, and seeing someone 'pay forward' a ticket for a stranger. There are some wonderful people out there, particularly, it would seem, in the creative world.