Well, this post is just a little bit ridiculously late, so I do apologise.

I’ve been rather poorly.  The chest infection I had at the beginning of the year has been back with a vengeance and it’s floored me.  10 days of antibiotics didn’t shift it…I’m currently on a dose of steroids.  Not thrilled by them but at least I can breathe a little easier than I could. Although the cough sounds like I’ve smoked 60 Woodbines a day since I was 3!

I was coughing on the day we went to Yarndale, but, like the trouper I am I put on my big girl panties and set off for a yarny adventure. 😉

The sun shone and whilst we’d heard tales of traffic chaos and huge crowds on the Saturday, for our Sunday visit we swung straight into a lovely parking space and walked into the venue to be greeted by the sweetest woolly faces.

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Now at this point I’ll ask you to excuse the crappy smartphone pictures and focus on that wee adorable face.  I tried desperately to get my partners in crime travelling companions to agree to a shared ownership of an alpaca, in much the same way as you’d share a racehorse, but with built in lawn mowing and yarn.

They weren’t buying it.

And as the deeds for our house limit livestock to chickens and goats, neither did I.

Nor did we smuggle this beauty out in our handbags!

2013-09-29 14.21.54But enough of the cute and fluffies…I suspect what you’d like to know is “how good an event was Yarndale?”

I have to tell you it was amazing!  I haven’t been to Woolfest so I can’t compare, but I have been to the Twisted Thread extravaganzas at Harrogate and Alexandra Palace, and I’ve been to The Festival of Quilts.  Yarndale is by far my favourite event.

Yes it’s smaller, but we still managed to spend the whole day meandering in and out of stalls, stroking yarn, coveting spinning wheels and looms, and generally squeaking and swooning at all the loveliness.

I also feel it’s far better curated than the bigger shows.  Less tat!  More of the good stuff.  This is a Very Good Thing.

I cannot tell you how much yarn I nearly bought.  I had set myself a limit of some sock yarn for The Husband, some yarn for Aislinn v2.0 and nothing else.

Yeah…that really worked!  As it was I bought:

Drops Fabel Uni Colour

Drops Fabel Uni Colour 

baby alpaca silk

Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in Red

Rowan Felted Tweed in Seasalter

Rowan Felted Tweed in Seasalter

And that was restrained.  There were a couple of patterns too.  And maybe some dpns.  But that was the yarn.

It was hard though. The crocheted Alpaca blankets were calling my name.

I could have bought my body weight in beautiful patterns.

And the yarns were, if you’ll excuse the pun, to die for! Titus from Baa Ram Ewe, anyone!


Yarndale is a knitters and crocheters paradise.  I made sure to buy a programme, which has a list of all exhibitors, for future reference. 😉

For sure there needs to be some improvements for next year.  The tea and coffee arrangements were nothing short of hopeless.  It took at least 15 minutes for Lara Croft to buy 3 cups of tea…and, as is always the case at these things, the lack of seating caused some people to lose all sense of how to behave in polite company.

But it was their first rodeo, and they did an amazing job.  I’m not in any hurry to go back to the big shows, but I’m already looking forward to next year’s Yarndale.

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And, I’m hoping they’ll keep the bunting and it will become their trademark. Because its really beautiful, and kind of sums up this lovely, homespun but delightfully yarny event.

29 Responses to Yarndale

  1. Jane G says:

    So sorry you’ve not been well and hope the treatment takes effect very quickly, I haven’t done any of these shows for a very long time, I just don’t fancy fighting with the crowds. Looks like you had a wonderful, and some lovely yarn too

  2. I fell over Kendal Wool Gathering last weekend which seems to have been a similar operation. Like you I could have bought much more – I think you were remarkably restrained!
    Hope you are all better soon 🙂

  3. Sue Taylor says:

    I went to Ally Pally last weekend and it was manic, so I expect you were able to see more at your show than I did. Re spending limits- I decide on mine, take that amount in cash and leave the plastic at home, otherwise there is no telling how much I would buy!

  4. Anne W says:

    I hope this dose of treatment sends all the germs back to where they belong. Can I jsut say – I want that bunny rabbit! Lamas are cool, I have daughter no2 singing a “lama song” in the background as I type this, but as I have no grass in my garden they’d be surplus to requirements. A cute fluffy bunny though – that’s a different story altogether! 😀 Their bunting is cute & I see you have new red stuffs…

    • Red is speaking to me at the moment (although one lot is for socks for The Husband!). The bunnies were just adorable. I don’t know how we managed to leave them behind. Is the lama song her own composition?

  5. dottiedoodle says:

    Sounds amazing! Sorry you’ve not been well, and hope you feel better soon. I’ll share an alpaca with you!

  6. We’ve missed you but make sure you get yourself better missy, Even Big Girl Panties have their limits! What a great day and love your yarn (and the bunting). Sign me up for an alpaca too!

  7. Melizza says:

    Glad you didn’t spend too much. You came away with some lovely wool.

    Feel better soon!

  8. K-Line says:

    I’m SO jealous! I’ve never come across Drops yarn. But I’ve seen the patterns on Ravelry. And that alpaca (it’s an alpaca, right?) is so adorable. I want a sheep in my backyard but my family won’t allow it! (In truth, our backyard is the size of a postage stamp and is fully landscaped.) Hope those steroids are doing the trick. I know how useful they can be. xo

    • It’s my first time with Drops but the two I’ve chosen are lovely and they are ridiculously inexpensive. The Alpaca Silk is to die for.
      What is it with families and their resistance to livestock? No sense of adventure. (Ours is a postage stamp too but trashed by kids and dogs already, so a sheep or alpaca or pygmy goat isn’t going to make that much difference!)
      I’m feeling better…although I’ve a feeling another course of something is going to be needed to finally finish it off.

  9. Andrea says:

    Sorry to hear you are not well, but also glad to hear that even in the midst of illness you got out to experience what sounds like a lovely event. That alpaca is cute as a button (but not your Button, she is way cuter!) and I can confirm they truly are wonderful animals to have around as my in-laws have two at their farm. That bunting makes me want to learn how to crochet!

    • I’m beyond envious of your alpacas-in-law. Do you get the yarn? The bunting had me itching to crochet, as did some of the most delicious blankets. Like I need another craft in my life 😉

      • Andrea says:

        I do get to keep the yarn, but since spinning is not my thing, I pass it on to a friend of mine who makes felt toys for sale on etsy. If you want some, I can certainly keep some form next year’s harvest and mail it over to you (it is super light). And I so hear you on having too many crafty interests!

  10. Shar says:

    I’m glad you had a good time in spite of not feeling well. I hope the steroids kick in and you feel better soon!

  11. dokucug says:

    I hope you’re on the mend quickly! And OH! That rabbit! I wish there were feel-o-vision!

  12. Michelle says:

    I hope that you’re able to reclaim your health ASAP, especially as fall sets in and turns to winter! I love the woolly faces you’ve posted here! I too have tried to persuade anyone who will listen that we should have a shared alpaca…. and a pygmy goat and dwarf sheep… I haven’t had any takers on the offer yet, but I won’t stop trying. 😀

  13. Becca says:

    Oh that rabbit is so cute. I didn’t make it to yarndale this year so really enjoying reading all the blog posts about it. Also, didn’t know if you might be interested in going to the Harrogate knitting and stitching show? I’m running a competition for 2 tickets on my blog http://www.beccaloucreates.blogspot.com good luck

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