Saturday, 30 September 2017

oh, what a wonderful Yarndale


Last year was my first trip to the (in)famous yarn extravaganza called Yarndale, and as soon as it was over I just couldn't wait to get back there, particularly after a year in my job with more experience, yarn-y connections, and the confidence to talk to new people about all things knitted.


Unsurprisingly, the show (on Saturday) was busy! Just take a moment to absorb that queue. This was the first year that the show organisers had introduced bag searches, and while I appreciate their thoroughness and attempts to keep everyone as safe as possible, I mean, come on....Yarndale... I went for the day with Kate (Knit Now - oh, incidentally, the Knitter of the Year competition is open again, go and enter!!!) and Amy (Crochet Now) and we had a great little road trip down, a fun day which we split up with a picnic in the car, and a tired drive home. Oh, such a tired drive home.





The creativity of the show organisers, the people who attend, and the show volunteers is just so outstanding and inspiring, you can't help but walk around the show with a smile on your face while you attempt to absorb everything. Outside the show, they had the same, or similar, mandala's hanging in the tree over the knitted river, and on the grass on the other side of the path into the show they had a lovely knitted mini-forest and pasture motif, with adorable details such as these gorgeous little hedgehogs. As you enter the show it's easy to lose time while you admire the hundreds, if not thousands, of hand crocheted bunting strung up in the entrance hall, and it's a lot of fun to try and hunt them down in the show and on the stands throughout the day. In the Knit and Natter lounge, which was hosted by Wool Warehouse and Lucy from Attic 24, we also found and said hello to Christine (Winwick Mum, who I met on my day out to Sirdar about 18 months ago) who had organised the Yarndale Sock Line, and had them all strung up around the area and it was so impressive. 





There was, of course, yummy scrummy yarn as far as the eyes could see - it really looks like glittery, sparkly yarn is on the up this year, and of course you could see yarn cakes at every turn which was to be expected with how Caron Cakes exploded the popularity of these very lovely things. I also spotted this group of lovely smiley ladies with fascinating, matching hats! I was told they were knitted by Ann, the lady on the far left, so that they wouldn't lose each other at the show - and that she does this every year to coincide with a theme - how AWESOME is that?





And, let's face it, what yarn-event would be complete with the outrageously quirky side of things? The, ah, 'on-the-nose' notion bags you see above are from the eclectic The Knitting Goddess, and directly above is the new jumper knitting patterns from Sincerely Louise, using her new 100% wool which I am VERY excited to get my hands on as soon as I can! :) Unfortunately, being at the end of the month, this event was out of budget for me...I will save better next year! I did however manage to buy 6 balls of 100% British wool from Blacker Yarns in scrumptious colours, ready for a little stripy top-down jumper I don't doubt!

I loved the trip to Yarndale so much, that I have even written a 2-page report for the magazine next month - keep your eye's peeled! :) If you haven't made  your way to Yarndale before, and you are based local-ish (I'm willing to travel the 1 and half hour journey after all!) you have no excuse, you have to get to Yarndale!! Next year, the show takes places 29 and 30 September 2018 (erm...one week before my wedding...ARGH!) so let me know if you will be going as I am sure I will be, if I'm not mega stressed that is - and we can meet in real life! :)

Did you go to Yarndale this year? What was your favourite part of the show?

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