Edinburgh Yarn Festival


>>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.

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The main site of the festival was the Corn Exchange, located a short distance from town.

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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.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015

The Pom Pom Quarterly girls were looking fabulous in samples of the magazine patterns.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015

Julie of Tilly Flop was selling her beautifully printed cards and pictures and especially popular tea towels…

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015

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.

Ca-Baa-ret at Edin Yarn Fest 2015

It was nearly a full house, but that Stephen West practically glows in the dark–it was hard not to photograph him.

Ca-Baa-ret at Edin Yarn Fest 2015

My quiz team started to take the quiz seriously, but sadly that didn’t seem to help with our score…

Ca-Baa-ret at Edin Yarn Fest 2015

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:

Ca-Baa-ret at Edin Yarn Fest 2015

Ca-Baa-ret at Edin Yarn Fest 2015

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.

Til then,

Happy knitting,



Happy New Year 2015


Two weeks into the new year have slipped by already! As with every year, I think I will get much done during the holidays (reading, knitting, plotting my global takeover, etc.) but really only manage to eat, drink and be merry, which is really the point of the holidays–taking a break to spend time with people you love and even some you like, right?

Well, I am in full-blown planning mode for 2015, and am really looking forward to this shiny new year. Good stuff is going to happen!

This includes teaching a workshop at Unravel in Farnham Maltings all about resuscitating and recycling your unloved knits.

jumper recycling workshop at Unravel

The rest of the weekend I will loitering at the Kettle Yarn Co. stand to flog my patterns and Linda’s beauuuutiful yarn. This is the first of several events I will be accompanying Linda to to help out on the stand, meet knitters and sell patterns.

I will also be visiting the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March as a layperson.  I am excited to have signed up for 2 classes and the market place looks like it will be great.

Those of you who know me will know that I loves me a resolution. This year it’s all about 2 words: participation and consolidation.

I tried new things in 2014 & I liked them.  I really enjoy designing hand knits and feel like I have found my tribe with crafters of all sorts, and especially knitters.  So this year I want to work on that relationship.  I have to admit here that I am not much of a joiner.  I have not actually participated in a knit-along yet, or been much for forum chat on Ravelry.  But this year, I am going to connect by taking part in new things, such as knit alongs, and events and not be afraid to just introduce myself and make new friends.

The consolidation is one of skills and habits; I tried new things in 2014 that I want to continue in 2015, but better. Pattern writing, and grading, my blog and social media are all things I want to smooth out, improve and really delve into, with more tutorials, more finished objects (!), more patterns and maybe some interviews with some of the amazing people I have met in the past year in this industry.

It’s going to be a good year. I have a feeling.

Happy knitting,


p.s. there are still 2 days left on my 2 for 1 pattern sale! Have a look at my previous post for the discount code.