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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!

moss

I’m obsessed with the mosses growing all over everything in Glasgow! I imagine they are most obvious right now because of the cold and moisture of winter but they can found on practically all fixed objects with a vaguely flat surface where moisture can collect and add a huge amount of cheer to the grey-brown winter landscape…

I’m looking forward to learning about the many different species- there are over 900 species of bryophytes (a group that includes not only mosses, but also liverworts and hornworts which are commonly confused with mosses) here in Scotland and, although I come from a relatively lush part of Australia, I’m a complete novice when it comes to bryophyte ID. So I have my work cut out for me.

In the meantime, I’m just enjoying these as-yet-unnamed beauties in all their forms…

Dots

Dots

Mossy dots

Mossy dots

Mossy dots

Mossy dots

Bridge

Bulges

Wall

Wall

Mossy walls

Mossy walls

Steps

Steps

Tree roots

Tree roots

Pompom trees

Pompom trees

Moss pompoms

Moss pompoms

Twig

Twig

Mossy jumper

Mossy balaclava

Branch

Branch

Knot

Knot

Moss on cherry bark

Moss on cherry bark

And, just because it’s so lovely, I’m adding this lichen into the mix. Not sure I’ll be taking on a study in Scottish lichens though- that’s another 1500 species!

Lichen on birch tree

Lichen on birch tree

Happy weekend!