EYF 2016 – It’s Almost Time

It is almost time again for my favourite yarn festival  – Edinburgh Yarn Festival. It was my first time attending last year and it is the most wonderful festival full of yarn, fibre and crafty folks.

Edinburgh is such a beautiful city and there is something for everyone to fall in love with. I loved being able to sit in a coffee shop and look out at the Castle whilst knitting my Edinburgh socks. I have my ticket, and I will also be attending a class or two…the only thing I need to decide on is which WIPs to bring and how much money I can spend on yarn.

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There are always fantastic vendors at EYF and I am already giddy with excitement when I look at the list of vendors that will be there this year. I still have some skeins left from last year – I seem to be able to buy more than I can knit!

One of the most exciting things about the festival this year is that they are hosting a Knit Night on Thursday 17th March from 4pm – all of the details can be found on the EYF blog here. One of the things I love the most about EYF is that people come from all over the world to share in the woolly goodness – I cannot wait to meet so many other knitters and share in the fibre love.

Are you coming to Edinburgh Yarn Festival? Say hi if you see me!

Crazy Rainbow Socks

Ever since I learnt to knit socks, they have been my go to easy knit. I always have a pair of socks on the go, and when I have to travel somewhere, I like to cast on a new pair so that I have a woolly momento of each trip. This pair of socks is no exception and I love them and the memories they hold. I have known for months that I would be going to Edinburgh for Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and I wanted something a little bit different than my usual striped or variegated yarn for these socks. Let me introduce you to Phildar Folk 100. bengale 2015-03-22 13.37.06 This yarn caught my eye straight away and I had no idea how it would look when being knitted. I purchased the Bengale colourway and patiently waited for the time to come to cast on. That moment came last Wednesday – everything came together perfectly, it was my birthday, I was attending a new knitting group and there were only 2 days to go until I got on the train to Edinburgh. IMG_3594 My train ride consisted of spectacular views and the emergence of a lovely sock from my needles as we headed north. I love vanilla socks for this very reason – I was able to stare out of the window whilst still knitting and relaxing. I used Stephanie Pearl McPhee’s vanilla sock pattern for these, the same pattern that I used to knit my first pair of socks. The first sock was finished by Sunday and the second one was completed a few days later. I had the most amazing time in Edinburgh and I love having such a happy pair of socks to remind me of that.2015-03-22 15.31.07-2