Friday, 6 October 2017

Yarndale bound

Hello there!
**Warning - this is going to be a very photo heavy post but I really want to share some of the sights and sounds of our recent trip with you!!**
Some of you know I have a very supportive Hubbie; where a lot of ladies have to sneak craft supplies into the house and hide them from their husbands mine is fully aware of and rarely questions the growing yarn and fabric stash upstairs. He regularly accompanies me into stores where he knows he will be asked to admire something for it's color, softness, or suitability for a project I was telling him about last week. He comes to craft shows with me as chief photographer, donkey (carrying purchases), and time keeper (as in "you might want to speed things up a bit? We've been here an hour and you've only done one row of stalls, you won't get round everything at this rate!). When we were planning holidays for the coming year and he suggested a trip to Yorkshire to coincide with Yarndale I jumped at the chance to visit the show and explore the surrounding countryside. We booked self catering accommodation in Skipton for a week and decided to split the journey in Edinburgh on the way down so as to visit with our younger son who is at university there.
Early on the Friday before Yarndale we set off and it was quite wet as we crossed the new Queensferry crossing over the Firth of Forth. I'm not usually that bothered by the architecture of bridges but I was surprised at how much I like this one and snapped lots of shots on my phone through the raindrops and windscreen wipers!


This is one of the two crossover parts between two of the towers...


On the other side I glimpsed this view of the new bridge, old road bridge, and the iconic rail bridge...


We met up with our son and decided to walk into Edinburgh city center. We visited the Scottish National Gallery and St Giles Cathedral...



The weather was improving so we walked across to The Mound with it's impressive old buildings...


It's funny what catches your eye when out exploring - pipers in full dress are not a novelty when you live where we do ;-) and I must've been one of the only people snapping a photo here trying to get the patterns on the door behind the piper instead of the piper!! 


I just love that the Edinburgh School of English has the unicorn for it's symbol! (This is probably because the unicorn is Scotland's national animal.)


We had a nice catch up with our son and the next morning we continued our drive South...


We made good time to Skipton and decided to go for a little explore before finding our evening meal. We spotted Coopers Cafe Bar, known to readers of Attic24 for it's hot chocolate and because Lucy has her studio upstairs...


It's the window with the little white flowers around the edge and for the Yarndale weekend Lucy had invited anyone who was interested to pop in and look round her studio. I couldn't resist! As it was not long till closing time there was noone else up there but I think it had been a lot busier earlier in the day! Here's a little peak...


We walked on up to Aireville Park and started to see some signs of yarny activity...





It was definitely time for supper now so we headed back to the town center and our little home for the week. The next morning we decided to walk the mile across Skipton to the Auction Mart even though it was down one hill and up another. Here I am crossing the canal and trying to contain my excitement at getting close!


Closer to the Mart we saw the amazing yarn bombed bollards by Thirsk Yarnbombers...





...the beautiful Mandala Hoops hanging in the trees...


... and the yarn canal...


Yes that is a yarnbombed caravan at the end of the canal! You know you've found your "tribe" when you compliment the inhabitants on their yarnbombed van and get the response "you can squish it if you like!" !!! It's a lot more 3D than it appears in this photo so I did ;-)


New for this year from the group who made the yarn canal was the yarn meadow...


So much to see before we even made it through the doors! 
In the Hub there was the famous bunting...


(This was snapped as we left at the end of the day, it was chock full of people when we arrived!). There were also the adorable knitted and crocheted sheep mascots...


...and this year's creative community display Creative Hearts which raised £1227.46 for the mental health charity Mind...


Apart from all the amazing stalls inside the Mart there was Hester's Giant Mandala - 14ft across and absolutely stunning! Apparently it took three people to lift it into position!


An amazing amount of socks in the Sock Line...



There was also the display of smaller mandalas...


...and during the afternoon the Giant Swaledale Sheep arrived!!


It was an absolutely amazing experience, without a doubt the friendliest and most inspiring show I've been to and if you ever get the chance to go I would highly recommend it!!! Color, skeins and skeins of hand dyed yarn, fiber, fabric, weaving, spinning, crochet, knitting, and did I mention COLOR! Everywhere you looked!!! The stallholders and designers were so helpful and friendly, amongst others I had lovely chats with Anniken AllisAnn KingstoneChristine Perry (Winwick Mum), Helen from Ripples Crafts, and Lucy from Attic24! So were there some purchases? You know there were!!!


All the yarn is 4ply sock yarn (with the exception of the white which is the softest merino I've ever touched!) but the two blue skeins from Ripples Crafts are not going to become socks - watch this space! I bought two books of patterns I have been drooling over since they were published (Stranded Knits by Ann Kingstone, and Yokes by Kate Davies), Christine's Simple Rib Socks pattern, a mitten pattern by Anniken Allis, and a cowl pattern by Purl Alpaca. I found some thinner yarn needles for darning in ends on finer projects (which I have been looking for for ages!), a tiny 25cm long circular needle for knitting socks, and a tunisian crochet hook. I have been looking at some tempting tunisian blanket patterns online and a really lovely lady (whose name I didn't catch) taught me how to do a basic tunisian crochet stitch when I asked her how hard it was - this is what I mean about lovely folks at Yarndale!! I treated myself to a Flora the sheep canvas tote bag which makes me smile a ridiculous amount every time I look at it, but the find of the show for me was the book in the center of the photo above. It is The Art of Fair Isle Knitting by Ann Feitelson, a book I have borrowed from the library 4 times because it is now sadly out of print. I have hunted everywhere for a second hand copy of this book in recent years and never managed to find an affordable one (I really can't drop +£40 on a book) but then at Yarndale I spotted it!!! Sitting amongst the selection of preloved knitting books on the Ida's House stall - I couldn't believe my eyes!!! Then when the lovely lady told me it was only £5 I nearly fell over!!! She reckoned it was sitting there waiting for me and I have to agree, inside it is the original sale reciept and it is made out to a Helen! (I laid a yarn peg over her address)


I still have to pinch myself that I finally have my own copy of this book and I am so looking forward to knitting some of the projects from within it's pages. Overall Yarndale was so inspiring, and I have been feeling a very strong urge to knit and crochet all the beautiful things now ever since I walked out the doors! I will save what I have actually been up to for another post but I hope you have a happy and creative weekend wherever this finds you :-)





6 comments:

  1. This is a lovely review of Yarndale and it was great to meet you and your husband, you certainly made both Lucy and I smile at the end of a long day! I'm so glad your book was waiting for you, it's amazing how things turn up sometimes, isn't it? I hope you enjoy the sock pattern, and I'll look forward to seeing what else you make from your yarns :) xx

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Christine! It was lovely meeting you in person and welcome to my little blog :-) I have started socks for Hubbie with that WYS Tequila Sunrise and your pattern and am LOVING it! Almost down to the toe on the first one already, it's a great pattern for relaxing in front of the tv and seems to be growing much quicker than his socks usually do! Have a great week,
      Helen x

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  2. Fabulous post and so much fun to see all the yarn bombing!
    What a great find with the book too, quite serendipitous LOL

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    1. Thanks Jo! It was an amazing day out :-) Oh hahaha! I see what you did there lol have a great weekend,
      Helen

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  3. That book sure had your name on it Helen LOL Sounds like a real country fair of yarn I'd love to spend a day like that so glad you made it and had so much fun Cheers Glenda who grew up on a sheep farm in NZ and had a pet lamb every year as a child.

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    1. Yes that's what the lady at the stall said, and she didn't even know my name LOL! It was an amazing day out for sure and if we lived closer I would go every year for sure. They had rare breeds in pens where you could go pet them but the crowds were pretty dense round those parts so I didn't get any photos. That sounds like a lovely way to spend your childhood :-)

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