It’s hard to believe that this time last week we were unloading the van and setting up for Yarndale!
I am still pinching myself that Daughter of a Shepherd has come so far in such a short space of time.
A very well turned out Knit & Purl arrived on Saturday morning and after taking the day to settle into their new surroundings, they spent most of Sunday sticking their noses though the pen gates to say hello to people whilst looking exceptionally pretty for all the pictures.
As a stallholders it’s tricky to get away to do any shopping but you can bet I managed to sneak off to pick up a few bits and pieces from my hit list including, The Little Grey Sheep ‘Dark Side’ Gotland which is just breathtaking.
A skein of BaaRamEwe Dovestone Natural Aran in a special colour way for Yarndale. If you haven’t yet seen or tried this yarn I urge you to do so – it is an utter joy!
Last but certainly not least, two skeins of the limited edition Blacker Yarns Cornish Tin II in shades of pink that looks gorgeous against the dark Hebridean of my own yarn.
The weekend was a wonderful whirlwind of wool and it was great to meet so many customers and friends, both old and new, along with being able to put faces to names from social media and meet those of you who have read about the Daughter of a Shepherd story on the blog or in magazines. Thank you one and all for stopping by the stand and I wish I had remembered to take photographs of those of you wearing your Daughter of a Shepherd finished projects. It was also a real honour to listen to those of you who shared your own wool stories with me, in particular:
Norma who spoke of unravelling old knits to turn into new ones during the war. Her love of good British wool and its benefits was unwavering. Norma is an inspiration to all.
John and Maria of Dodgson Wood farm in the Lake District. It turns out they keep a number of sheep and I had a bit of a surprise when I found out that John has exactly the same name as my Dad who is also a John Atkinson. Apparently there are 10 of them at Dodgson Wood John’s local auction mart!
And the lady born on the Isle of Lewis, wearing a beautiful Aran cardigan knitted by her Mother who she knew would have loved to be at the show. She shared evocative childhood memories of helping her Father with his weaving work and I wish I had gotten your name and written these tales down. Please do message me if you are reading.
Whilst we mainly go for the yarn, it is the people who make these shows the success that they are.
Both myself and Mr K would like to send a huge thank you to the organisers, staff and volunteers across the Yarndale crew who were all so lovely, helpful and super organised. It was a thoroughly enjoyable show, in a truly beautiful part of the world, and I hope to be back next year.