Now where was I............. ah yes, more Yarndale!
I've told you about all the lovely things to buy so, you ask, what did YOU buy? Well here they are
At the top is some Pure Organic Chunky Yarn by Rico, I bought 6 balls of this from a local lady called Jenny and it was the end of a line, only £1.50 per 50gm.
Next to that on the top row is 100 gm hank of undyed organic Mermod(?) from Artisan Yarns. Might have a go at dyeing this myself but it looks lovely just as it is.
On the row below are my 3 "treats", on the far right is hand-painted Luna plus 4ply in "Jumping Jack" from Fivemoons, which will probably become socks, next to it is more hand-dyed luxury sock yarn from The Yarn Garden (dithered over their "Rhubarb" and it had gone by the time I went back but this "Snakeshead Fritillery is lovely too).
The socks I made last year were a combination of pattern and tutorial from The Yarn Hartlot's book "Knitting Rules" and (the sadly now closed) Crochet with Raymond blog. I might use the same pattern but the gentleman from the Yarn Garden suggested a designer called Rachel Coopey and showed me her book. It had some lovely designs. As I was walking round I spotted a lady knitting socks, I walked over and we discussed the merits of DPNS (me) or Circular Needles (her) and agreed it was purely "personal preference". I looked down at her stall and, seeing her books, realised it was Rachel Coopey. I really should have bought her book there and then but I know I was thinking about just how much I could drag home on the train.
Finally, next to the "Snakeshead Fritillery", is another hank of hand-dyed yarn, this is pure wool from Mr and Mrs Pilkington of Higher Gills Farm in Lancashire . This wool is a mixture spun from the fleeces Teeswater and Wensleydale sheep, both rare breed sheep. I must say when I read that I feel more than a little honoured to own this wool. You know how much the exhbitor values their product when it is presented to you in its own little cotton bag. There is 300 metres of 4ply so I shall be looking through my Ravelry library, perhaps for a shawlette pattern. (Aren't there some fabulous patterns on Ravelry? Some talented designers producing amazing creations)
Perhaps you can see the yarn better in this photo from my last blog post -
3 hanks from left to right - (1) rare breed wool from Higher Gills Farm (2) Jumping Jack from Five Moons (3) Snakeshead Fritillery from the Yarn Garden. (the grey/white is the Organic chunky Rico)
Whilst looking around Yarndale I thought I ought to take the opportunity to find out about learning a new skill. Spinning? Well there were lots of spindles and fleece available. Needlefelting perhaps, again lots of choice and there were several kits available. So, what did I choose? Something small, hopefully not difficult and an old skill. I bought a Dorset Button Kit from Beaker Button .
Apparently Dorset Buttons were made by hand in Dorset (obviously!) from the early 1600's to 1851. They were sent all over the world and even worn by Royalty. The cottage industry was destroyed by the introduction of a button making machine at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Families were left destitute and many emigrated to escape starvation. The craft has been kept alive by the W.I.and others. Now having learned all that wouldn't you want to have a go? I certainly did. In addition to the kit I also bought some more brass rings and 6 x10 gm hanks of superwash merino beautifully dyed by Rosiesmoments, these were being sold by Beaker Buttons on behalf of Rosemary but you can buy her yarn from her Etsy shop
So what else? Some linen thread from Namolio - I'm thinking of perhaps crochet flowers or covering stones? They had the most beautiful lavendar satchets
Again there is an Etsy shop. Aplogies if I am tempting you too much but perhaps this gives you an idea of just how much loveliness there was at Yarndale and just how hard it was to make a choice.
There was a kit for this lovely bag
You could even create your own Betty the Yarndale Sheep
I can hear the cries now .............."And an OWL"!
If you liked things bright .......
or more subdued
there was something for everyone.
Such a good variety of stalls, even fabrics were available, I was tempted to a small selection (see the Dorset Button kit photo)
I also bought a couple of new crochet hooks. I'm particularly enjoying using a KnitproWaves hook, very comfortable.
Of course I couldn't come home without something for DH, some beautiful alpaca socks (decided with the seller that perhaps these should be labelled "guilt socks"!)
Do you see the piece of fleece under the socks? I bought two of these pieces (£2 each) thought they would be welcomed by Rosie. Well she tried one out
but hasn't been near it since!
Well I think I have come to the end of my Yarndale tale. I hope you have enjoyed reading about it, I know how much so many of you would have loved to have been there.
Lucy and the organizing team are meeting with the Auction Mart management this week, hopefully there will soon be news of more Yarndales in the future.
I am so appreciative of all the hard work that went into making this event such a success and hope all those involved fully understand the happiness they brought to so many people. It was magical.
Thank you Yarndale, see you next year.