There’s an event a lot of people are talking about this morning. Whilst the wonderful Edinburgh Yarn Festival is definitely one of them, the other is the more impromptu ‘Bedinburgh Yarn Fest’. What started as a bit of a joke between me and Anna Maltz, soon gathered pace on Twitter and Instagram to become ‘the greatest stay at home yarn festival in the world’!
We had been chatting about missing out on Edinburgh and thought it would be fun to have our own mini-festival on social media. The incredible mind of Bristol Ivy came up with the inspired hashtag, #bedinburghyarnfest and we were up and running! Anna, who you may know better under her moniker, sweaterspotter, kicked things off perfectly over on Instagram, summing up the ethos of Bedinburgh in one brilliant picture…
So if like us, you were sad to be missing out on the event in Edinburgh, we invited you to join us from the comfort of your own home for a low-cost, low-travel weekend hanging out with fellow yarny types. No ticket necessary, just turn up at some point on Twitter or Instagram, in your jim-jams if you like, and knit, crochet, spin, weave or dye, along with like-minded people, chat all things fibrey, discover new yarns, meet new people and generally make the most of the perfect excuse to indulge yourself and your favourite hobby for a couple of days.
It was quite amazing how quickly things took off and we soon had people joining in from all over the world – Bedinburgh became an international event! Incredible!
If you’d like to see what people were getting up to, put the hashtag #bedinburghyarnfest into Twitter or Instagram. In amongst the knitting and crochet you will see lots of shots of duvets, sofas, books, cats, dogs and copious amounts of tea, as everyone fully embraced the Bedinburgh spirit. There were new knitters too, and we had a wee lad join us with his Mum as he worked on his first hand knit project, a stripy cat toy in my favourite yellow and orange colours. Brilliant!
Meanwhile I picked up my darning mushroom and got to work refreshing my Swiss darning skills and repairing socks:
There were even a couple of classes with Ann Myhre (pinneguri) demonstrating how to steek your knitting and Alison Mayne (newbiephd) posting a tutorial for dyeing yarn with Kool Aid – thank you both so much!
Me and Anna send you all the biggest thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making Bedinburgh Yarn Fest such a fabulous weekend to be a part of. You are all wonderful!
We are going to sit down and have a chat about our next event, which as I type it, I know it sounds crazy as we really weren’t expecting such an incredible response. All I can say is watch this space and we will keep you updated once we’ve got more to tell you. Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you who joined in – this wonderful woolly community which I am so proud to be a part of, never ceases to amaze me xxxxx
And now, to round off the weekend nicely, I can reveal the winners of the giveaways I have been running on the blog over the past few weeks. Mr K has been rummaging in his knitted hat and socks and picked the following names at random…
First up, the winner of the wonderful Beanies & Bobble Hats book by Fiona Goble is Sherlock Knits who left the following hat comment: “You rarely see the Queen without a hat – not sure she’d be able to carry off a beanie though!” Many thanks to CICO books for the fab prize.
Next we have the winner of the Coopknits Socks Volume 2 prize, a kit of The Knitting Goddess yarn for you to knit your own Otis socks with is Josie Kitten who left the following pudding comment: “Sticky toffee pudding and custard for me – no question!! I love those Otis socks!” Many thanks to Rachel Coopey and The Knitting Goddess for an amazing prize.
And finally, the name drawn from the sock to win a copy of the Spring issue of Sockupied is Rannveig who left the following sock comment: “I prefer top down, heel flap and gusset, but will knit whatever the pattern says because I’m too lazy to change them. Plus it’s fun to learn new techniques!” A big thank you to Amy Palmer at Sockupied for the wonderful giveaway.
Congratulations to each of you and I’ll be in touch to arrange delivery of your prize. Thanks also go to everyone who popped by and left a comment. I loved reading each and every one of them, particularly the famous hat wearers, and it won’t be long before I can tell you more about the plans me and Coopknits are cooking up for the Great British Pudding Club. Watch this space!