I'm a little sheepish.
(Do you like what I did there?!)
You see, I'm afraid I didn't take many pictures during my jaunt up north to Yarndale. There was quite simply far too much to look at and absorb, let alone photograph. My mind is still buzzing!
Plus, I was a bit preoccupied. I don't know if you remember my telling you, but I was meeting up with two of my favourite blogging friends for the very first time - Cuckoo (Tales From Cuckoo Land) and Emily (Unravelled).
So there I was, standing at the entrance of Yarndale, under crochet-adorned trees, nervously waiting for my pals. Said nerves disappeared as soon as I clapped eyes on them of course and all I wanted to do was squeeze, squish and poke them both to make sure they were real!
We were so keen to gossip, it was quite hard to focus on all the woolly loveliness surrounding us.
Needless to say, Yarndale was everything I thought it would be and more. Close your eyes and picture an enormous livestock auction mart. Now imagine it absolutely crammed to the gunwales with stall after stall of yarn and yarn-related crafts and goodies. Oh, and people. And bunting of course. Miles and miles of the stuff! Add a very faint whiff of cow poo and you'd be pretty near the mark.
We met and chatted to the lovely and inimitable Lucy of Attic24 in the Knit and Natter Lounge where she was surrounded by her glorious makes and a clamour of folk wanting to speak to her. She really is like crochet royalty (and quite teeny).
Look, her gorgeous funky lamp in the flesh ...
and her beautiful May Rose Wreath (with a Cuckoo attached) ...
We also said "hello" to the delightful Heather (Patchwork Heart) but sadly, and despite keeping my eyes firmly peeled, I didn't see Jacquie (Bunny Mummy)*, Annie (Knitsofacto) or Gillian (Tales From A Happy House). Next year I hope?
I naturally managed a couple of purchases. My only brief was to find some yarn for a cowl, for Blondie Daughter.
"Cream, thick and not itchy please Mummy".
The British Blue Faced Leicester dk wool in 'bluebell' and Alpaca dk in 'sweet pea' are for me. I haven't quite decided what to make with them yet. The chunky undyed Alpaca on the right is for the cowl and is the softest, most luxurious yarn I have ever felt and my daughter is absolutely delighted with it. Mummy did good!
Poor chilly alpaca though!
I had to catch the train back home on Sunday morning and didn't quite have time for a look around Lucy and Tracy's studio, above Coopers Cafe, in Skipton town centre. Cuckoo and Emily sent me photos though ...
|Photos courtesy of Cuckoo.|
It really was the loveliest weekend. I bloody love this blogging business. Never in a million years did I think it would spill over into real life.
Lucy, you're such an inspiration. I do hope you're having a well-deserved lie down.
Yarndale, you were fab-u-lous.
Cuckoo and Emily, totally smitten and miss you. xxx
I might just pop off and catch up on Downton Abbey now. Despite still being quite tired, I'm not worried about having a particularly early night - the children aren't at school tomorrow as their teachers are on strike. Best to keep my opinions about that to myself I think.
*Jacquie has written a far better account of Yarndale than me, with lots of gorgeous photos; do pop and look if you haven't already.