I had such a magical time at Yarndale. It was the first time I have been and I can see why it is such a special occasion for so many people in the yarn community. It felt like so much more than a yarn show – it felt like a real celebration of community and creativity. I came away feeling inspired and excited (even more excited than usual) about all things yarny. I have really enjoyed looking back through all the photos I took so I wanted to share a few with you.
The first thing that caught my eye was this incredible wall of colour from John Arbon textiles. I just couldn’t resist these beautiful autumn colours and I spent ages marveling at the tonal shades. I’ve tried to capture it in the picture below but it really doesn’t do the yarn justice.
I’m thinking I’ll make something pretty simple with this, perhaps a ripple shawl. I really just want to enjoy the amazing colours. They make me feel like I am crunching through a huge pile of autumn leaves.
One of my favourite things about the whole day was all the wonderful sheep! I even got to have a little cuddle one of these little friendies. I spent quit a lot of the next day fantasising about moving to a smallholding, keeping some sheep and doing nothing but making my own yarn from scratch. Not sure how Mr Badger would feel about this though. For now I think I’ll have to content myself with making some pompom sheep garlands like these. Aren’t they adorable!
I was also lucky enough to meet the lovely Gill from Bapple and JoJo.
She makes the most amazing things using a technique called quillie rug making. I have never seen or heard of this before but it is a lot like quilling but with felt instead of paper. I’m a huge fan of quilling but it had never occurred to me that it was possible to quill with anything other than paper. When I walked away my mind was pinging with ideas. I really want to have a go at this and I’d like to start by making a set of swirly whirly coasters so I’ve now got felt and curved upholstery needles on my Christmas list. It never ceases to amaze me how many different textile crafts there are and it makes me feels so happy that there are people like Gill keeping lesser known crafts alive.
The other thing I was amazed by was how incredible all the felted creations were. I am a knitter and a crocheter but I have never tried needle felting before. I was utterly inspired by Jenny Barnett’s felt sculptures.
Look at that badger! Look at that mole! Mr Badger and I collect badger and mole paraphernalia and, while there are plenty of badgers around, you don’t see too many moles. Seeing these two little friends together made me jump up and down with happiness. I cannot wait to get my hands on Jenny’s book and have a go for myself (unfortunately I had long since gone over my Yarndale budget by this point, otherwise I would have bought it there and then).
So here is my Yarndale haul.
Some beautiful paper yarn which I can’t wait to have a play with. I’m thinking of making come crochet flowers for cards.
John Arbon Harvest Hues yarn.
Two beautiful yarn cakes and a mini skein from Wool is the Answer. I had such a fun time putting these colours together.
A beautiful drop spindle and merino roving from Spin City (more on that next time).
I also got a cute felt flower making kit which didn’t make it into the photo (whoops).
Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard to make Yarndale2018 happen. I had a magical and inspirational day and I feel lucky to feel part of such a wonderful, creative crafty community. I already can’t wait for next year! Now I’m off to make some pompoms to decorate my Yarndale bag.