>>NB: This Wednesday I am really excited to be teaching a class about 2-colour cabling at the Wild and Woolly shop–there are only a couple of places left so please join us if you are London-ish!<<
This weekend I had the joy of visiting the Edinburgh Yarn Festival as a punter, and it was awesome.
We arrived in Edinburgh on a damp and dreary afternoon, which no doubt emphasized the tall, intimidating stone architecture of the city centre. It is beautiful, in a dark and dramatic kind of way.
The main site of the festival was the Corn Exchange, located a short distance from town.
I intended to take so many pictures of all the great vendors and beautifully arranged stands, but you know how it is, the overwhelming amount of great people and wool fumes make it hard to keep on track.
Nevertheless, I did get a couple of pictures of lovely vendors.
The Pom Pom Quarterly girls were looking fabulous in samples of the magazine patterns.
Julie of Tilly Flop was selling her beautifully printed cards and pictures and especially popular tea towels…
And there was particularly star-studded stand filled with knitting patterns from Ysolda Teague and Stephen West. They additionally hosted book signings from Clara Parkes, which caused a kind of super-fan wave of excitement from the punters I have rarely seen before.
There was an evening do on Saturday night featuring entertainment from Felicity Ford, with Ysolda doing time as quiz master to an unreasonably difficult quiz.
It was nearly a full house, but that Stephen West practically glows in the dark–it was hard not to photograph him.
My quiz team started to take the quiz seriously, but sadly that didn’t seem to help with our score…
An element of the quiz was to ‘build a sheep’. Team member Veera was bizarrely proud of her sheep. Unfortunately the competition was too much for us:
Clara Parkes was on hand to judge the sheep and award an impressive array of prizes.
In conclusion, I met people, I learned things, I fondled yarn. Mica and Jo, the organisers, did a really wonderful job and I am so pleased that it was such a success for them.
Next time I’ll brag about the classes I took and the one I taught.