The first thing to mention about the yarn festival is how many ‘stars’ of the industry offered classes, there were definitely more in attendance then I’ve seen at any other yarn show. Unfortunately, I’d missed the ones that interested me most as demand was incredibly high and most booked up very quickly. Who can blame them too, with names like Stephen West, Ysolda Teague, Rachel Coopey, Carol Feller, Hélène Magnússon, Nancy Marchant, Veera Välimäki, Emily Wessel and Karie Westermann to name but a few.
I arrived at The Edinburgh Corn Exchange bright and early on Sunday morning to try and avoid some of the crowds, heading straight for the Baa Ram Ewe stall in order to purchase a present for a good friend. Saturday had been such a productive day with their Titus yarn that certain shades had sold out, including the one I was after. Undeterred, I had a great time playing with colours and trying to decide on the right colour combination for Stephen West’s Daybreak Shawl.
My plan of action when attending any yarn festival is to walk round all of the vendors once without purchasing and make a mental note of any ‘favourites’ before walking round for a second time to spend time investigating further and making any purchases. This ‘purchase’ round can in practice, lead to a 3rd and possibly even a 4th lap of the stalls, depending on how strong the ‘pull’ of some yarn is 😉
With over 75 stalls to peruse I was a little spoilt for choice when it came to selecting goodies to bring home.
So what did I buy?
Too much as per usual including
Well, I couldn’t resist the Edinburgh Yarn Festival cotton shopper. You can never have too many project bags can you?
I actually only bought the Tin Can Knits 9 Months of knitting book at the show, finding the other ones in a bargain book shop in the city. I also purchased a couple of books on spinning and weaving in order to work on my ability in these areas.
I was spoilt for choice with sock yarns, but was rather smitten by this hand dyed 4ply Blue Faced Leicester loveliness, from The Threshing Barn
Hélène Magnússon’s class was the one I’d hoped to be able to attend, having missed the opportunity this time round it seemed only fair that I bought one of her beautiful knitting kits. I opted for the Icelandic Spring Shawl in beautiful blues and greens. The lace weight yarn is a rougher texture than we’re probably use to now and there was another softer option available, I wanted Icelandic authenticity and I’m sure it’ll soften with washing.
Scary lace weight it may be, but the pattern I’m happy to report, is knitted on 5mm’s
I did purchase a few more interesting items including more yarn, but you’ll have to wait until I’ve made the projects up.
Of course no short break is complete without taking in the sights, including Edinburgh Castle and a few of the yarn shops more on that in part 2.