It has been just over a week since we returned from Edinburgh following what was a quite incredible show.
I want to thank each and every one of you who stopped by the Daughter of a Shepherd stand. It was wonderful to meet customers old and new, put faces to online names and chat about knitting, crochet, patterns, wool, sheep, shepherding, agriculture, books, ballet and anything else that took our fancy.
I woke in the early hours of Saturday morning and couldn’t get back to sleep, so instead of counting sheep I gradually worked my way around the globe, recalling all the countries visitors had travelled from to attend the festival:
USA including Pennsylvania, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and so many more
And of course, all those who travelled from the four corners of the UK, both near and far.
For stallholders it is always bittersweet as there are so many friends and colleagues under one roof, but very little time to actually grab more than five minutes with one another – how I wish we could have all sat down with a pot of tea and chewed the fat a while longer. Juliet Arbon is staging a sit-in until 2018…
The festival was a big milestone for me and Daughter of a Shepherd as it had been at the 2016 show where I launched the first batch of Hebridean yarn into the world. Me and Mr K arrived at Edinburgh airport with a bag each, stuffed with yarn, printed tote bags and stickers whilst a display ladder was waiting for us at the venue. And that was it! It was to be the beginning of an incredible year which Mr K and me chatted about as we drove the van back down the motorway with the last few bits of stock and all the parts from building an entire stand.
One of the undoubted highlights this year was customers coming to the stand with completed projects made from yarn bought over the past year. It is wonderfully surreal and humbling to see these projects and I’m always delighted that people enjoy working with it just as much as I do.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Jo and Mica for another magical event. They have both ploughed so much energy and thought into Edinburgh Yarn Festival and it shows in its ever-growing popularity and the buzz surrounding the show.
Alongside the new batch of 2016 clip 4ply and DK weight yarns, a few more goodies launched at EYF including another collaboration with Julia Billings of Woollenflower…
The two designs are an all over dotty tweed and a pouch with contrasting sides.
Both will be available in the Daughter of a Shepherd shop update that will take place next Thursday 30th March at 8pm (20.00) BST along with the new batch of wool, handmade buttons by Felicity Ford plus some lovely additions to the FARMERS’ range and recently published books.
There’s also another new book on the horizon…
More info about that very soon but needless to say it’s hugely exciting and I can’t wait to share it with you!