So as you may know I’ve been a bit excited about visiting Yarndale! Today was the day and I took a lot of photos of all of the yarny goodness which I would love to share with you here.
I had such a lovely day. On arrival I went straight to the Knit and Natter lounge to see if I could find my yarn heroes. And I did! I had a great chat with Winwick Mum, Christine about how easy to understand her sock pattern is and about the community of sock knitters she has created who have contributed to the sock line.
Then I talked to Lucy from Attic24 and told her all about my Wreaths for Every Season and she gave me a huge cuddle and got excited spotting all of the little details on the photos I showed her of the wreaths together. Her favourite is the Winter wreath!
Now on to the photos!
Where to start? How about with the setting? Yarndale is held at an auction mart in the town of Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales. The Dales for me perfectly sum up the image of Englands green rolling hills. The venue is under those green roofs nestled in the hills.
And because its usually used for the auctioning of livestock rather than the selling of yarny loveliness there are always some animals at the festival. Here are some I snapped.
I think I’m getting ahead of myself here though showing you the inside while there is still the outside to talk about. The auction mart is a short walk, through a park, from the town’s train station. There are a pair of decorated buses that shuttle between the two all day.
I arrived a bit early by design to check out the local pokemon situation and was thrilled to discover a gym at this lovely sheep tucked away in a hidden square, left over from when le Tour de France came through Yorkshire in 2014.
Then I walked up through the park to the auction mart. These are just a few of the wonderful yarny decorations that line the route so that you can be sure you are on the right track.
I think I might have let out a little squeal of delight on arriving as the outside looked amazing. There were giant mandalas made by Lucy from Attic24, pom poms made by local school children lined the path, there was a totally yarn covered van selling finger puppets and the Thirsk Yarnbombers had covered all of the posts.
All that before you even get through the door! I was quite disappointed to find that on arrival on the second day of the festival my sheep and the rest of the flock were nowhere to be seen having all been sold on the first day! This is fabulous news for the wonderful Martin House who were receiving all of the funds raised by the sheep but it was a shame not to see them all together.
The community projects from previous years were all there and looking great though. The bunting from 2013, mandalas from 2014 and flowers from last year. Details of all of these projects are on the Yarndale website.
And I did find my socks amongst around 100 pairs on the sock line! Read more about them here. Can you see my pair?
These were some of the exhibitors displays that caught my eye.
Stunningly beautiful batts from Spin City
Animal heads by Sincerely Louise
Birds from Sue Stratford. I backed Sue’s kickstarter campaign to print a book with these patterns in and have my name in the book! I saw a copy today and am very excited about it arriving in the post this week.
This is made from lace by the Craven Guild of Lacemakers. One of their members was kind enough to chat with me for a while about non-traditional lace making. Maybe one for me to try in the future.
Don’t you just want to squish it! This is from Five Moons
Not sure about the practicalities but I would LOVE to wear a skirt like this! Wooly Knit
I love these colours on these loose skeins In The Wool Shed
And these ones from Baa Ram Ewe
And a massive 8kg ball of yarn from Woolly Mahoosive and my reaction to it being considerably bigger than my head!
To counteract the gurning a nicer photo of me wearing my shawl made from Cuddlebums yarn. I had a lovely chat with Jodi who recognised my shawl immediately and several other people who also made shawls in our make-along.
And finally my purchases!
Phew, what a day! I can’t wait to do it again next year!