I pottered up to Yorkshire at the weekend for a few woolly days with my Dad and to visit Yarndale. With the dogs and sheep there is always plenty to see and do at Dad’s and I’ll share a few bits with you next week, but this was my first visit to Yarndale and I’m so glad I finally made it to the show.
Held in Skipton Auction Mart over the weekend, I chose to visit on Sunday as I find the opening day of shows to be a little too busy for me to handle. It seems I made the right decision as the Saturday was apparently packed, and whilst Sunday drew a good crowd there was still plenty of room to potter about and take everything in.
Dad and his partner came with me and last I heard he was chatting to a guy at the County Alpacas stand arranging a visit to go and see the herd. I didn’t know but alpacas are superb at protecting sheep from foxes, so next time I pop up there may well be an alpaca guarding his flock of sheep!
My first stop was The Island Wool Company where my friend and colleague Anna Maltz, aka sweaterspotter was helping out. You may recognise her Sólja sweater from Pom Pom Quarterly and she has now also released a Mini Sólja for the smaller people in your life. There was a display of garments and accessories from her forthcoming collection which is all based around penguins and it’s amazing! We’ve been working really hard behind the scenes to get it edited and laid out, so fingers crossed it should be out very soon. This is the yoke of the utterly adorable Teenguin Cardigan…
At the very front of the stand was the beautiful Patchwork Throw by Sarah Hazell. The colours are right up my street and had it not been for the fact that I currently have 3, okay, possibly 4, crochet blankets on the go then the yarn and pattern would probably have come home with me. You can buy the kit or single pattern via Sarah’s website.
With more crochet in mind I headed to Jane Crowfoot’s stand where an amazing new shawl has just launched..
This is Mystical Lanterns which I’ve been helping Jane with behind the scenes. It’s an absolute beauty and there’s a really clever twist in the pattern that I will keep quiet about to save the surprise for you. I’m a huge fan of Jane’s work which never fails to inspire through her clever patterns and incredible colour sense and it has been a pleasure working with her over the past few months. If you missed Yarndale you’ll be able to catch Jane at Ally Pally next week.
Next stop was The Knitting Goddess to get a skein of yarn to mix in with my set of competition winning mini-skeins. My choice of shawl for the show was one I cast off three months ago and then panic blocked the day before leaving home! Every time I do this I am always left wondering why I didn’t block it sooner and this was no exception…
The pattern is Rosabee by Amanda Rios and it is knit in The Knitting Goddess Britsock yarn; a beautiful silvery grey provided the perfect backdrop for a set of mini skeins in the Goldfinch colourway. I left the stand with two skeins of sock yarn and I’m now regretting not picking up a skein of the overdyed British Blue Faced Leicester DK so you may well find me lurking at the shop update on Friday!
The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted a collection of yarn at the back of Coop Knits stand…
This is the soon to be released, CoopKnits ‘Socks Yeah!’ sock yarn!! I’ve been sitting on this secret for longer than I care to think about and can’t wait to tell you all more about it in the coming weeks.
Having got my copy of Toasty and chosen which hat to make, it was just a few steps across the aisle to the Baa Ram Ewe stand. I spoke about their new Dovestone yarn a few weeks ago and I fell in love with it all over again at the show. There are also some beautiful new shades of Titus which Rachel has showcased in her book.
Wandering the aisles I stopped at Ripples Crafts and finally met Helen who I’ve known through Twitter for a few years but never met in person. It was lovely to meet you Helen and see your beautiful jewel-coloured yarns.
My last stop of the day was the Eden Cottage Yarns stand which looked amazing!
Victoria has the most beautiful hand-dyed colour palettes and I’m still dreaming about these two crates which I swooned over on the day.
I also finally met Kat Goldin from The Crochet Project and think I may have spotted her partner in the venture, Joanne Scrace, at the Textile Garden stand but sadly our paths didn’t actually cross. I did however bring the two Crochet Project books home and have plans for more crocheted shawls in my life. It was also great to meet Clare Devine at long last and I managed to catch up with Jeni from Fyberspates, John and Juliet from John Arbon, the Pom Pom ladies, Fiona Alice and Natalie Selles. I’m sure I will have forgotten a few people so apologies in advance!
It was really exciting to be at a show where crochet was given an equal, if not more, prominent billing and you can probably tell it was the crochet I was most drawn to throughout the show. There were some incredible displays of mandalas, granny triangle bunting and flowers spotted throughout the building, all of which added to the lovely atmosphere.
Indeed it was a fab and thoroughly enjoyable show and we chatted about it back at Dad’s whilst watching One Man and His Dog with Pip for company…it’s her favourite programme and she didn’t take her eyes off it the entire time!
Congratulations to the Yarndale organisers for making it such a ‘grand day out’ and next year is already in my diary!