A fantastic time was most definitely had by all at Edinburgh Yarn Fest. Here are a few pictures. If I seem to be somewhat maniacal and frazzled in these photographs, well, that’s because I was. . .
The stand in quieter moments. A customer tries on Mel’s Deco cardigan.
Meeting lovely folk from my Ravelry Group. How fabulous is Julie’s scarf?
No.1 colourwork comrades, Ella Gordon and Felicity Ford. Ella is wearing her crofthoose yoke (featuring the same motifs as her recently released crofthoose hat) and Felix is sporting her wondrous Missy Elliot sweater.
Developed from scratch from the formerly undervalued fleeces of her dad’s Hebridean flock, Rachel Atkinson’s beautiful yarn was a highlight of my weekend.
I also really enjoyed seeing what other folk had done with Buachaille.
And Anna Elliot’s amazing graphic hat.
Finally, it was inspiring to see the work of so many amazing knitters – these beautiful Bohus yokes were a particular highlight!
It was a pretty mind-blowing two days, but I think the thing that blew me away the most was what a truly international occasion this event has grown to be. Above the hubbub of the marketplace, so many different languages, accents and voices rose and mingled as women and men of all ages dotted about excitedly in their incredible hand knits. Now its over, I find myself reflecting, with no small degree of awe, on what a talented, diverse and vibrant community of folk we are. So thankyou, Jo and Mica, for your impeccable organisation, and thanks, too, to everyone who stopped by our stand to say hello. I really enjoyed meeting so many readers of this blog in person, and seeing so many of my designs out in the wild. Bruce has also asked me to pass on a big waggy thank you to the nice folk who brought him treats. But my biggest thanks go to my brilliant team – Tom and Gordon, who constructed, restocked and maintained our stand with equanimity and good humour, and Mel and Jen who both barely stopped to breathe all weekend.
SEE YOU IN EDINBURGH NEXT YEAR?