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Yarndale 2018

Hello!  Happy Monday to you all.

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!

Centenary Poppies

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.

Donna x 


  1. Thank you Jane! It keeps me out of mischief! x

  2. Thanks for your post. I was at Yarndale last year as we planned our trip around Yarndale. We were in Ireland and Scotland before we came to Skipton. There were four of us from the USA.

    1. Hi Judy, What a wonderful trip that sounds! I hope the four of you had a lovely time and get to come back to Yarndale and the UK again one time soon. Best wishes to you all and thank you for coming to find me in blogland x


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