28 September 2015

Yarndale 2015

Friends, I have just had THE best weekend!!!

D and I went up north to beautiful Yorkshire.  We stayed in Harrogate which just so happened to be a short drive from Skipton, which just so happened to be where a certain yarny event was taking place.  


If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that I actually went to Yarndale 2013 but made a pretty miserable job of recording the event.  This time I was determined to do better and take lots of photographs to share with particularly those of you who live too far away to ever consider attending.

I must admit, when I first arrived, I felt a bit like a child being set loose in a huge toy shop; I didn't know where to start or whether to laugh or cry!!!  Anyway, here goes and I do hope it gives you some vicarious yarny pleasure from the comfort of your armchair ...

This year's Flowers For Memories display in aid of the Alzheimers Society.


Yarndale 2013's bunting project, still looking as stunning as it did two years ago.

Yarndale 2014's marvellous mandala project.

The Yarndale 2015 sheep!

Now, I want you to imagine a sea of stalls stretching as far as your eye can see, displaying and/or selling absolutely everything yarn-related you can possibly imagine, a faint whiff of farmyards (sorry, once a townie, always a townie!) and the loud buzz of excited shoppers ...



Let's have an even closer look shall we …

www.ltceramics.co.uk

www.facebook.com/tinkertailors.co.uk and www.facebook.com/wildwoodwool

www.gingertwiststudio.com

www.baaramewe.co.uk

www.easyknits.co.uk

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www.purlescence.co.uk  These Indigo Dragonfly yarn colourways have the best names ever!  Apparently the lady who dyes the yarn is married to a poet who comes up with them.  I bought a skein of 'Not All Mathletes Are Created Equilaterally' which is a beautiful teal colour.  Other favourites of mine were 'Already Frogged' which is that gorgeous green you see and 'Maybe I'll Have My Minions Take You Out Back' which I think is the orange.  Genius or crazy, I can't decide!  :-)



Two of Edward's Menagerie from www.thetoftalpacashop.co.uk

And then, rather appropriately …


Nonplussed alpacas!

Wool Warehouse had a stand in the Knit 'N' Natter Lounge and were constantly busy.


This cheeky chops kept cropping up; I'm not terribly sure who she was ...

Lovely Lucy!

Lovely Yorkshire!

I'll pop back again tomorrow to show you my purchases but, before then, should just like to thank …

a)  All the kind stallholders who gave me permission to take photographs of their wares.  I desperately hope my links are all correct.

b)  All the wonderful bloggy/Facebook/Instagram friends I met either for the first, second or third time.  You were all a total delight and so much better looking than your photos!  ;-)

c)  All the lovely people who came and said "hello" to me and freaked me out by knowing so much about me!!!  (Helen, get yourself on Instagram NOW so that I can stalk you!).

d)  Lucy and the Yarndale team for all their unenviable hard work in putting together what really must be one of the best yarn events in the world.  I hope you are all having a well-earned lie down in a darkened room today!

xxx

24 comments:

  1. This is lovely. I am currently having a fantastic time at Shetland Wool Week, but sometimes it would be nice to be in two places at once

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  2. How beautiful! And...where to start! Where to finish! What to buy!!! Wow...all so lovely and colorful!

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  3. Fab photos! I was so completely engrossed in seeing all the stalls, it didn't occur to me until I got home that I hadn't taken any photos (apart from a couple of the mandalas). So even though I was there, I'm still reliving it vicariously through everyone else's piccies!

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    1. Ha! I did exactly the same thing last time I went! So glad I could extend your pleasure a little!!! :-) Hx

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  4. Oh wow, what a fantastic place to visit. And how lovely to see Lucy as well, I'm such a fan. I absolutely love those yarn names, best ever. Glad you had such an amazing time. CJ xx

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  5. Fabulous photographs....Thank you for the tour! I desperately wanted to go to Yarndale but due to being somewhat incapacitated at the moment I couldn't go.....so a visit to your lovely post has been a perfect treat. Debbie x

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  6. Oh my goodness, I just would be so overwhelmed don't think I'd end up buying anything. The photos are fantastic and give this girl from downunder a very good idea of just how wonderful Yarndale is. Thanks for sharing.
    Anne xx

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    1. Oh thank you Anne. So glad you enjoyed the pictures. It WAS overwhelming! I actually had to force myself to have a couple of 'time outs' to gather my thoughts so that I didn't go bonkers and end up spending October's (and November's, and December's) food budget!!! Hx

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  7. Thank you so much for showing us all your beautiful photos of Yarndale. the whole barn looks absolutely fabulous with its yarny decorations! The flowers this year are just spectacular! How I wish I could attend. I live on the other side of the world and was actually visiting England just the couple of weeks before but alas I didn't schedule Yarndale in. Next time I visit I surely will as it looks such a wonderful event. And I could do some real damage at all the lovely stalls of yarny goodness! Lindyloufromoz xx

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  8. Fantastic, it looks so amazing and what gorgeous yarns. Why are all the great shows up North?? :-(

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  9. Fab photos Heather, looks like you had a fantastic time. We are lucky enough to live not far from Toft Alpacas here in Warwickshire and can pop down to their delightful coffee shop and I'm hoping to book onto one of their crochet workshops soon. I just love their Alpacas!
    Ellen

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  10. Thank you so much! What a wonderful event. Hope to get there one day (from Down Under!).

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  11. Best post ever! I missed Yarndale this year, and after having such a super time last year, I was a little sad not to be there. The weather you had for the weekend set it off perfectly. I completely LOVE the names of those yarns - how unique.

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  12. Looks like the show was great again this year. This is the first time I've missed it.

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  13. Thanks for sharing these super pics with us. I would so love to go one day.

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  14. I couldn't get to Yarndale so thank you for sharing your photos - I spotted three of my flowers and my mandala!

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  15. Couldn't get to Yarndale this year but my flowers did. Thanks for the photo's full of squidgy, glorious yarn. I can almost feel it!

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  16. Thanks for sharing the pics, Heather! Looks like it was a brilliant event and a shopping heaven.... Will check some of the yarny webs! Pati xx

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  17. Wow! I would so love to go to yarndale one day although it's a loooong way from Dorset. Thanks for all the lovely photos :)

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  18. A lovely Yarndale post. I couldn't make it this year as I was attending a wedding here on the Isle of Wight. I spotted at least one flower I had sent in amongst your photos. I also spotted my sock brooch that I sent to the lovely Lucy - so I was there in spirit if not in body xx Joy xx

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  19. I honestly would not know where to start - jsut the fact that i was in England again would send me weak at the knees. What an amazing experience.

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  20. Oh my! I came here from Lucy's blog about Yarndale...and just between the two of you, I am very nearly on sensory overload! I can't tell you how much I would LOVE to attend Yarndale!
    Because I live in the States, there's no way I could afford to go - to stay and then be able to buy - at least something. But I would love to meet some of you lovelies...you, Lucy, of course, who has given me such a love of colors! Her tutorials and patterns helped me gain so much when I first came back to crochet a few years ago...I remembered nothing. I was a rank beginner..Lucy, Dedri Uys and so many have shared so much with so many of us...I feel like I've joined one huge family!
    Thank you, too, for sharing so much. I hope maybe I'll win the lottery so I can afford to make it to Yarndale 2016!

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  21. I am in your picture in the Knit and Natter lounge buying a wool pack!! :)

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  22. It was lovely to finally meet you at Yarndale, Heather! I'm glad you had a good day, and thanks for sharing your lovely photos! xx

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