This show is very different from Yarndale or Woolfest; there are less indie stalls, no animals, and the focus is spread out among all the textile arts ( a quilter can seriously get into trouble with all the gorgeous fabrics on sale). And there are also many beautiful and interesting exhibits of craft artistry from clothing to home furnishings to art itself.
We met artist Sally Spinks who takes postcards of famous paintings and using some fairly small needles, knits articles of clothing to cover their bare bits, but not out of prudishness; her exhibit is called Random Acts of Kindness and you can see some of her work here. And we saw Sophie Digard scarves (which really need to be seen in person - the painstaking detail is incredible) - at the Selvedge booth.
But let's face it - there was always going to be some woolly purchases too. Being in Yorkshire, I had to get some of my favourite yarn - Baa Ram Ewe's Titus - and before it sold out, I managed to nab two skeins of their special Christmas one-off colourway Wesley Bob. It's a lovely deep red and would be perfect for some Xmas stockings.
Being in Harrogate, I also needed a local souvenir (don't we always?) and The Knitting Goddess who I first encountered at Yarndale was thankfully on hand. This skein of sock yarn is called Love Lies Bleeding and it's gorgeous!
I do like to support the local wool industry and buy British when I can, but we all couldn't resist the Latvian mitten stand. Aren't these kits great? And only £10! We each bought a different pattern and plan to have a get-together in the new year and start them all at the same time. The pattern also gives some background into the history of Latvian knitting.
Harrogate was such a fun day out. We'll definitely be there next year - hopefully for the whole weekend.