Yarndale 2014

It hardly feels like a year since the first Yarndale event but sure enough it really has been a full twelve months since we last came to the Auction Mart in Skipton to celebrate all things yarny. The bunting guided us down to the Mart …

… and then greeted us in the Hub inside Yarndale. It’s so hard to photograph! I think my photo from last year is better if you wanted a better idea of how it looked.

Now I must confess that I can’t remember a lot of the names of the stalls to go with these photos. I thought I was keeping track in my mind but then when I looked at the programme earlier I couldn’t match anything I’d remembered up with the actual stalls. Sorry about that. Also if you are an exhibitor and I’ve photographed your stall and you would like me to add your name to the picture/remove the picture from here, please do let me know in the comments.

Ah now I DO remember this one! This is Tile Productions and I almost “squeeeed” when I saw the Christmas tree decorations. You know how I feel about those and now I can add a “special one I bought at Yarndale” to my collection. I’ve just had a quick squiz at their website and they do bespoke things and now I am wondering if they would to name ones for my tree! That would be nice.

I wanted to take this basket of yarn home with me. GORGEOUS colours.

This is the Laughing Hens stall. I have had a yearning to make a Rooster Almerino blanket for a few years now (Specifically since 2010, when we moved into this house and I bought a crochet book by Nicki Trench for £5 in Morrisons. It features the most divine, soft and cosy, scrumptious looking stripy blanket made from Almerino and I have lusted after it ever since.) AND NOW that I have squished the yarn and seen the colours in person I have decided that I am going to save up/stash it for a while and then do an Almerino blanket. Probably a Big Elmer (I know I lack imagination when it comes to trying new styles of blankets but I just really really REALLY love solid squares of colour!).

I think this was the Cascade yarn at the Laughing Hens stall and again I just wanted one of every skein.

Are you sensing a theme with my photos? RAINBOW YARN! This is the Texere Yarns stall, and it’s their Double Top cotton. I wish I found it easier to work with cotton, I find it really harsh on my hands and I can never get the stitches as close and dense as I would like them to be. The colours are super though – check out that true green! I long for that kind of colour green in Stylecraft!

I was so happy to see my crochet houses used again this year! I still can’t quite believe I completed them on time (I remember 11th hour window-stitching and boggling over just HOW to make a triangle for that dormer window!). I am so proud that I have been telling all of my friends that I MADE THOSE. :)

Lucy hard at work, the Stylecraft colour kits looked like they were flying off the shelves.

I THINK that this is Eden Cottage Yarns … correct me if I’m wrong. I thought the way the colours were grouped here was beautiful, and the yarns were so shiny and gorgeous.

I was too taken by the yarn rainbow here that I didn’t get the name of the stall. Again, I will have one of everything please!

Oliver Twists … last year they’d left before I got there. This year I was not disappointed! Just look at it … how is it possible to make so many colours?! I think I’d have two of each from here please! (Fantasy shopping list…)

These two photos are from the Skein Queen. I bought two mini skeins of yarn from her yarn tree but honestly I wanted the whole stall. I want to knit pretty things with all of these skeins! I’m making a Christmas list for Andy! Well it might work you never know eh.

I liked this felty stall but didn’t catch the name. It was very popular though!

This sheep was LOVING the fuss and attention, it’s tail was wagging non stop. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier sheep!

The mandalas looked simply stunning but again they were simply too difficult to get a proper photograph of. If you want to see all of the beautiful work that people around the world have created then you can see them on the Pinterest boards here.

Then it was time to go and we climbed back up the steps, across the carpark and then sat on the old bandstand in the park. My feet were aching by this point! Here are my purchases:

Three skeins from Laal Bear (who I believe is retiring now, this was her final show.) The pink and the red are 75% wool/25% Mulberry Silk and the blue is 100% bluefaced Leicester. I’d like to make the red into a hat for TTB, I want to stripe the pink with some grey Rowan Pure Wool Aran that I’ve had for 5 years and make a Baktus and I don’t know about the blue yet.

Here are my mini skeins from the Skein Queen. Gorgeous Autumn tones. I bought two mini skeins (even tinier than these) last year and I think it would be a nice collecting thing to do, collecting mini skeins when I see nice ones at events and then in a billion years I’ll knit them all up into little mitred squares and join them together. Until then I will just enjoy carrying them around and squooshing them.

Here’s my tree decoration from Tile Productions, the picture doesn’t do it justice.

And finally my hare card from the wonderful Marmalade Rose, who’s blog I’ve loved for years. I am so happy with this card!

Now then, link me up and show me what you bought!

xxx

23 thoughts on “Yarndale 2014

  1. claire coffey says:

    Well! I cannot tell you how jealous your photos and post made me! I think I actually turned the shade of green you pointed out in the Texere cotton yarn. We loved Yarndale last year and had a lot of fun, but sadly it is just too far (from the very south of England) to come every year, we just couldn’t make it. I am so glad that it went well and that you managed to have a little stash buying, indeed I also would like one of each please. Of all the yarns. At every stall! Especially like the colours of the cascade yarns, are they soft and squishy? a many coloured blanket from this is on my wishlist indeed! I will just have to start saving hard for next year. Love all your photos and happy you had a great time. No really. I am. very pleased. and really not jealous at all. much. xx

  2. I’m jealous too! I’m not far away (in South Yorkshire), but I’m in the middle of a run of night shifts this weekend, so taking a day off to go to Yarndale wasn’t really feasible :( Still, looking at your photos, I’ve probably saved myself a small fortune. I suspect I’d have come home with my own weight in wool! I’ve almost finished a large ripple in Cascade 220 and I’m really pleased with it, although the prospect of hand washing a large woollen blanket fills me with terror!

  3. Jocelyn Nelson says:

    I went to Yarndale today and only bought one of those felted yellow ducks in your picture! So much yarn to chose from, I didn’t know where to begin. And because it was all very nice (pricey) yarn, I felt like I needed to have a project in mind to buy any- I didn’t want it just to be sitting around. There was just so much choice and so many people, but I do wish I had noticed that Cascade wool as I have a blanket from that on my wishlist and would have loved to touch it/ seen the colours in person.
    The highlight of my visit was seeing Lucy’s blankets in real life. I wasn’t sure about the coastal ripple being my colours, but it was beautiful and will be a future project.

  4. One-oh-four says:

    Lovely photos – you’ve captured the feel of the weekend, and particularly the stalls very well – and there were A LOT of rainbows! I’ve posted my haul in the “Yarndale” group on Ravelry. The first of your two button stalls is Textile Garden – I bought a little bag of goodies from there too :). I loved the Eden Cottage stall too – I bought 1 skein of purple yarn from them but easily have bought more! I really enjoyed my weekend up in Skipton: I was well-fed, met lots of lovely people, and got to squish loads of lovely yarn. What more could you ask for?

  5. I loved seeing your photos, but oh how I wish we could have gone again this year. We will have to start planning for next years visit!
    The colours of all those yarns are gorgeous. I don’t think you can beat squishing colourful yarn! x

  6. Wendy says:

    after reading this post I now have yarn envy and show envy…how nice to be able to see yarndale through all the blog posts about it…such a great event to be able to go to…loved seeing all your lovely yarn booths…those mandalas are beautiful…I have been keeping up with those on the pin board…so many talented ladies represented with those wonderful circles of love….glad to see you had a wonderful time…maybe the states will do something like this in the future.

  7. Thank you so so much for sharing Yarndale with those of us too many miles away to attend! I’m very very jealous of all your purchases (that Xmas dec is fab) and I know if I’d gone, I would probably be bankrupt by now …. bankrupt but extremely happy!!!! xxx

  8. Nanita says:

    Oh WOW. How I wish I could have made it! I’ve savoured every single bit of this post :-) You’ve made beautiful purchases (I especially love the idea of combining the hot pink from Laal Bear with grey for a Baktus!), I’m guessing the day was well worth the sore feet :-) xxxx

  9. Brenda says:

    Oh Yay! yay! Yay! Heather, thank you for posting about Yarndale so quickly, I have been waiting desperately from all the way in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to see this years event. I would so love to visit Yarndale one year…… In the meantime it’s posts like yours that bring Skipton to life and make me feel as if I am there in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. At least a little tiny piece of me is there in the form of my bunting! Your purchases look beautiful too I can’t wait o see what you make xxBrenda

  10. Brenda says:

    Oh Yay! yay! Yay! Heather, thank you for posting about Yarndale so quickly, I have been waiting desperately from all the way in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to see this years event. I would so love to visit Yarndale one year…… In the meantime it\’s posts like yours that bring Skipton to life and make me feel as if I am there in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. At least a little tiny piece of me is there in the form of my bunting! Your purchases look beautiful too I can\’t wait o see what you make xxBrenda

  11. Liz Cumbo says:

    You were one of the people I looked out for at Yarndale but didn’t see, I did see the friendly sheep who thought it was a dog though, I wanted to take it home! I bought far too much, mostly alpaca type earthy toned yarn for winter woollies, I also bought a copy of Edwards menagerie from Toft and I’m currently crocheting Emma the Bunny. Next up to start Lucy’s coast blank it kit from wool warehouse, should keep me going for a bit!

  12. Karen says:

    I had a wonderful day. Didn’t get such good pictures as you, so yours bought back memories. Also went to a great workshop with Hannah! The walk through the park is beautiful and the yarn bombing very tastefully done. I like your idea of collecting small skeins and one day making them into a blanket. I have a few from a couple of events too.

  13. Karen says:

    I had a wonderful day. Didn\’t get such good pictures as you, so yours bought back memories. Also went to a great workshop with Hannah! The walk through the park is beautiful and the yarn bombing very tastefully done. I like your idea of collecting small skeins and one day making them into a blanket. I have a few from a couple of events too.

  14. Jo says:

    I very nearly bought that same Christmas tree decoration, I wish I had now. That sheep was so cute, it wagged non stop when its head was being scratched. I bought quite a few gifts which I can’t show on my blog but didn’t do so well for myself, I’m kicking myself now. I’ll just have to go back next year and make up for it.

  15. I was at Yarndale and loved all the beautiful colours of yarn. There was so much choice that in the end I didn’t buy any yarn! I just bought a wooden crochet hook. I didn’t get as many photos as you did but you can go and have a wee look at my blog anyway.

  16. Heather I didn’t see you ? I was soooo busy, I never stopped for a moment and missed several people who I really wanted to chat with.
    The lovely felt toadstools were from Felt Folk, lovely people, Rebecca gifted me a toadstool when I went all mushy over her stuff :)
    Catch up soon I hope, I’m still a bit in recovery.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  17. Wonderful post. I couldn’t make yarndale again this year and am absolutely loving reading the posts from those who were there. Never mind smell-o-vision that everyone goes on about I really need my ‘puter to let me squoosh the yarn in your lovely pics.

  18. It was a fabulous weekend, wasn’t it? I was there on the Sunday so didn’t see you – but I did see your houses and they made me smile again this year. Love your photos – I recognised most of the stands as I’ve drooled over all that yarn too! I bought sock yarn and a yarn bowl – pictures on my blog post (cheeky, I know! ;-)) http://bit.ly/1DZkDQW

  19. Sarah says:

    Dear Heather thank you for sharing the photos of Yarndale. All those beautiful yarn colours.
    I am making two blankets one with small squares for a friend’s daughter. Must get it completed. Then I can purchase some more colourful yarn!
    PS: LTB enjoys his outdoor adventures. How fast he is growing up. xx

  20. Wasn’t it fabulous? I bought a snowman decoration and a scruffy sheep one and two buttons, several yarns to make fingerless mitts and a hat. And some fabric.
    Can’t wait until next year :)

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