Ilkley is a very pretty village, nestled in the Wharfedale Valley with hills leading up to the moors on both sides. It has a vibrant high street full of lovely shops and all the trees were in bloom.
Inside the venue was one large room of vendors but the nice thing about these smaller shows is you do get to meet local crafters and businesses who can't afford to exhibit at the larger ones. There was a nice variety of yarns and fibre and I will be forever grateful to a member of the Craven Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers who gave me some great tips on drop spindling. I think I may now know where I've been going wrong.
Freya at Freyalyn Fibres was also extremely helpful, chatting away while drop spindling herself. Here is her table full of gorgeous hand-dyed fibres.
I also encountered another new-to-me indie dyer, Coastal Colours from Fleetwood which is near Blackpool. They don't have a website or sell online as every skein is unique, but they are on facebook and will be at the Pop-up Wool Show in Port Sunlight later in August.
I also loved these mini-skein "pops" from Baa Baa Brighouse. They are 100% British Bluefaced Leicester wool, spun and dyed in Yorkshire. I think they are so fun and colourful.
As small a show as it was, we still managed to spend almost two hours talking to the vendors and squishing their wares. Then it was off to Betty's for a bite of lunch. When in Yorkshire. . .
I had the Yorkshire rarebit, grilled to perfection, and the most refreshing organic ginger beer from Devon that I've ever tasted. I might have also popped into the shop on the way out to snag some Fat Rascals to take home.
We then strolled the high street, popping into the lovely Grove Bookshop, where there was a very nice display of all things Bronte and Bennett.
And then we climbed up one side of the town towards Ilkley Moor.
Under a canopy of blossom.
But there was a lovely jazz band playing in the park below and what better way to end a lovely spring day than to sit on a bench knitting while listening to live music. One couple even got up to do a little tango. Yes, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day out. With yarn.