edinyarnfest

Ah, what a weekend! Such a lovely whirlwind and I’m still recovering… I don’t have enough words (or photos) to describe it but highlights included:

1.  Setting up for and getting through my first ever show (please excuse the dodgy photos!)…

Stall

Stall with the sign that my lovely friend Ella made for me before we headed overseas

Stall

Naturally-dyed yarns to show people what they can learn in my dyeing workshops

Colourwork cowls

Colourwork cowls

Colourwork cowl

Colourwork cowl

Because of the light and my dodgy camera skills, I didn’t manage to get any good photos of the pouches that I made for knitters tool or small projects. Here are a few that I took beforehand instead!

Tool pouches made from worn-out Harris tweed jackets

Tool pouches made from worn-out Harris tweed jackets

Harris tweed pouches

Pouches made from worn-out Harris tweed jackets

2.  Meeting many, many folk of varying fibre persuasion, from newbie spinner and knitting-trip-to-Nepal-organizer to university lecturer to some of my biggest knit crushes… heavenly! But again, sorry but no photos- no time and social inhibitions! Thanks so much to all who made me feel welcome in this new home of mine- it was lovely to see the same, familiar faces over the weekend as we are getting so used to not knowing anyone in Glasgow ; )

3.  Finding myself in a room of 200+ knitters and feeling like I was part of that scene in Roald Dahl’s The Witches-  you know the one where the protagonist gets trapped with a huge roomful of witches who, once the doors are shut, all sigh with relief and pull off their wigs and give in to their inner witch nature? I’ve been around a lot of knitters in my time but this was something else!

4.  Listening to some wonderful sheep and other knit recordings, care of Felix of Knitsonik– she’s wonderful!

6.  Hearing people talk so lovingly about their products, animals, area of expertise or community. So much love in the building.

5.  Having a couple of very quick wanders around the marketplace to enjoy other stallholders wares. I especially enjoyed visiting Helene Magnusson and Susan Crawford and talking to other newbies doing it for the first time…

Helene Magnusson's beautiful colourwork mitten

Helene Magnusson’s beautiful colourwork mitten

Wonderful colourwork from Susan Crawford

Wonderful colourwork from Susan Crawford

Exquisite Stoffoli dolls

Exquisite Steiner dolls and kits from new Edinburgh maker, Stoffoli

5.  And, finally, picking out a few treasures for me! There were so many yarns that I would have loved to try, from local dyer Lilith of Old Maiden Aunt to Baaramewe’s Titus to the Finnish strong yarn Ohut Pirkkalanka…  but I have my limits! Here’s my haul:

Hebridean/ Shetland from Ripples Craft

Hebridean/ Shetland from Ripples Craft

Acadia, given to me by the very lovely TFC owner Daphne to try running through the machine

Acadia, given to me by the very lovely TFC owner Daphne to try running through the machine

Brooks Blend from my yarn crush John Arbon textiles: Polwarth, Alpaca and Zwartbles!

Brooks Blend DK from my yarn crush John Arbon textiles: Polwarth, Alpaca and Zwartbles!

And some heavenly oatmeal laceweight North Ronaldsay, from those seaweed-eating sheep!

And some heavenly oatmeal laceweight from those seaweed-eating North Ronaldsay sheep!

All in all, a brilliant, exhilarating and exhausting weekend! I can’t wait for next year. (Oh, and I’m going to be launching my little online shop next week with some cowls and pouches to follow so keep an eye out if you’re interested!

2 thoughts on “edinyarnfest

  1. Rebecca

    I wish I could have been there! Everyone I know who went is raving about your Harris Tweed Notions bags. Will you have them up on the online shop? I’d love to treat myself. (Are you going to be at Woolfest, I’d love to see your lovely things in person!)

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  2. kgirlknits

    Why do I keep having this thought that you have just landed in your own perfect place, hmm?? 😉

    My mind is whirling from all these beautiful shots, so I can only imagine how heady it would have been right there amongst it.

    So happy for you xx

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