Yarndale was fabulous!!!!!
It is a very popular event and people come in thousands. So many people that I find it difficult to get any decent photos of the exhibitor stands! This shot shows just how busy it can be (this shows about half the marketplace and was taken fairly early in the day):
The layout and decoration has improved again! Well done The Yarndale team! These are some of the lovely Yarndale decorations to see:
I should have taken a photo of the mandalas, but I clean forgot!
The range of stallholders has expanded yet is also of a much higher standard than previous years. There were lots of quality things to see and buy, and I found it very tempting. But I controlled my budget by taking cash only, this made me careful in what I purchased. Here’s my haul:
The basket is an African basket from Injabulo (I think I’m addicted to baskets), 2 skeins of the now rare Natural Dye Studio yarn from Amanda Perkins, one skein of luscious silk worsted from Willow Knits, 6 small skeins (200g total) of gorgeous Yeavering Bell DK from Whistlebare (a lovely mohair/wensleydale blend), 3 balls of linen and some linen material from Namolio, large pegs for my Swift from The Yarn Cafe and some brooches from Max’s World.
As well as shopping there so much to see and so many people to meet up that my head was in whirl half the time! And this year I even had the opportunity to help Anne on the Willow Knits stand for fifteen minutes, having my first experience of what it’s like to sell yarn to hungry customers :-)
This year I took an hour out of the show and I went into Skipton on the red routemaster bus. It was a lovely escape from the crowds which seem to be at the greatest from about 11.30 to 1.30, but also Skipton is a great little market town to visit. I had coffee and cake with one of my friends in a lovely café she spotted down one of the ginnels:
Latte, fruit cake, Wensleydale cheese and apple – a delicious combination and great ‘fuel’ for the second half of the show!
I went by coach,organised by Lynne, Bernadette and Maxine, and Lynne did a splendid job of getting us on the coach and then into the show (always a bit tricky with 50 or so excited yarnies!).
I was exhausted when I returned home, so it was an early night for me…and then I slept in a bit later than I anticipated. The exhaustion was well worth it. But do I really have another year to wait for the next show?!
Happy knitting and crocheting xxxx