I have ticked everything off my list and just finished packing the boxes, so there’s time for a quick cuppa whilst I wait for Mr K to arrive with the van and then we will be hitting the road to Skipton in North Yorkshire to set up our stand at Yarndale.
This will be our second show and it means a great deal for me to be exhibiting. It was this time last year, as a visitor to the show, that I began chatting to the mill about potentially spinning the Hebridean fleece from my father’s flock. What a year it has been and needless to say things could get emotional!
Along with the signature Daughter of a Shepherd Hebridean & Zwartbles yarn and printed cotton tote bags, we will have a whole host of other goodies including the FARMERS’ Welsh Lavender hand cream, Candlestick Press ‘Ten Poems About’ series of booklets, and a range of beautiful nature titles from Little Toller. Additionally there will be printed copies of the Lambing Shed hat and mitts pattern set by Anna Elliot along with a bundle of knitted samples for you to see and we also have a range of head torches. Yep, you heard that right! I use one on a regular basis and aside from being great when travelling so I can keep on with my current project even in the dark, they are really handy for highlighting the dark Hebridean yarn so you can clearly see what you are doing without straining your eyes.
The big launch at Yarndale will be our very special collaboration with Julia Billings who you may know as ‘woollenflower’. I have long been a fan of the zippered pouches Jules makes from reclaimed woollen tweed fabrics and approached her back in April to ask if she would be interested in creating a range for Daughter of a Shepherd. Using a beautiful Hebridean fabric woven at Ardalanish Mill on the Isle of Mull, Jules has created a set of four stunning pouches:
You can read more about the collaboration and see lots of pictures of the mill over on the woollenflower blog. I have held a number of pouches back that will be available in the online shop in early October.
In between practising their selfie faces, Knit & Purl have packed their bags and it would appear they don’t travel lightly! From my Dad…
We would love for you to meet them and see exactly where the fleece that makes Daughter of a Shepherd yarn comes from. You will find us all on Stand 18 which is towards the bottom corner of the auction mart at the rear of the building and close to the back entrance, and if you don’t see us first you will definitely hear us! Please do come and say hello as it’s wonderful to meet everyone in person.
Yarndale is open on Saturday 24th September from 10am–5.30pm and on Sunday 25th September from 10am–4.30pm. There is lots more information on the Yarndale website where you can also download a floor plan and see the amazing list of vendors. We will (fingers crossed) be taking card payments, but it’s always worth carrying cash for shows as card transactions do rely on a good wi-fi connection.
For those of you who can’t make it to the show, there will be a shop update in October when the very last batch of the 2015 clip will go on sale, but I’ll let you know once we have an exact date planned.
Looking forward to seeing those of you who can make it there – you may even bump into my Dad as well!