Monday, 30 September 2013

Yarndale . . .

Oh, what a fun day we had on Saturday.  The Fab Four (as we like to call ourselves) from Liverpool  (my knitting/walking/reading friends) boarded the train to Leeds and then changed for Skipton (this train was filled with friendly knitters) all heading to the inaugural Yarndale.  It was about a mile to the venue from the station and was a lovely walk through the park.  No worries about getting lost as the route was yarnbombed the entire way. Aren't these ducklings adorable?

These colourful trees were just outside the venue.

And plenty of crocheted bunting within as well.   In fact there were over 6,000 bunting triangles hung, sent in by crafters from all over the world.  This was the initiative of the incredible Lucy over at Attic24 and it was just amazing to see.

That was about as far as I could get with the photos. Once inside, it was absolutely packed with people and stalls filled with yarny goodness.  I would say the show was just slightly smaller than Woolfest with many of the same indie vendors and some new ones too.  It took about two hours to get around to every booth though certainly not that long for my money to run out. A big thanks to the volunteers who did a fabulous job and were so friendly and unfazed even among the huge crowds. As the queues for food were very long, we walked back into Skipton via the canal and had a lovely late lunch at a pie shop (steak and ale pie, onion gravy and mash has to be one of the best comfort meals ever) and then stopped off at Saltaire and had a wander around Salts Mills and its fabulous bookshop before heading back home (encountering more knitters along the way). The weather was gorgeous, the company was terrific and it was impossible to stop smiling all day - we were so filled with inspiration - yarn and landscape - and knitterly camaderie.  I really hope this becomes an annual event.

And despite my constant obsession with sheep, I completely fell in love with two bunny rabbits -  but more on that tomorrow when I'll post about my purchases.

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