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!

Crafting Goals for 2016

Now that 2016 is finally upon us and people are talking about their New Year’s Resolutions, it seems fitting to think about the crafty goals that I am setting myself. Last year was a mixed bag for achieving the goals that I had set myself, but I did achieve things that I had never thought I would. It is surprising how your interests can vary over the year. At the beginning of 2015 I was really interested in kitting socks and garments, and as the year ended I was queuing mitten patters on Ravelry like a woman possessed!

This year my list is a mix of things from last year, as I still really want to do them, and a few new ones that have sprung to mind along the way. The wonderful thing about crafts and the internet is that you can find so much inspiration and there are so many tutorials that you really can do anything.

My list for 2016 are:
1. Complete my Cosy Memories Blanket
2. Making stitch markers
3. Dyeing yarn with Kool Aid
4. DIY Sharpie mugs
5. Knit one garment for myself
6. Make 5 Christmas gifts
7. Knit 6 pairs of socks

My Cosy Memories blanket – pattern here is currently very small, and I am really looking forward to seeing it grow. It is knit completely in sock yarn, so I will have to get moving on those six pairs of socks so that I have enough leftover yarn to add to my blanket.

I have so much yarn that I am putting myself on a yarn diet until March when I will be at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I have not bought any new yarn for a while but there is so much loveliness waiting to be used, and I am hoping that the yarn diet will lead to more pennies in my purse for Edinburgh and a slightly smaller stash!

Hopefully 2016 will be full of yarn, happiness and good health for everyone. What are your crafting goals?

 

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015

Two weekends ago, I was lucky enough to be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and I had the most amazing time. The previous EYF was in 2013, and although I missed that one, I was not going to miss this one – and am I glad that I was there.I had the best weekend I’ve had in a long time surrounded by great people.

I had managed to book two classes – Learning to Spin on a Drop Spindle and Sock Design. Both classes were full of insight and laughter, and I learnt more in those three hour classes than I ever thought I could. There was so much crammed into them.

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The marketplace was full of vendors from all over the world, and it was the perfect mix of local and international sellers. I spent so much time petting and stroking all of the lovely yarns and fibres on show, and more than a few came home with me. I also had the chance to catch up with a few friends and some familiar faces, as well as make new friends

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The official photos were uploaded on Sunday (I spent too much time shopping and talking to take photos that were any good) and were taken by the wonderful Katie Blair Matthews. In this one, you can just see me right at the end, chatting with Victoria from Eden Cottage Yarns and Justyna – who were celebrating the release of their partnership, with Justyna designing the Aisling shawl in collaboration with Victoria’s beautiful yarns. I cannot wait to knit this shawl, and Justyna helped me to pick the perfect colours.

Speaking of colours, how perfect is this photo of the Easy Knits stand? I am a huge fan of Jon’s yarns and he is hugely talented with colour. I picked up a few things from him, including one of his new Gobstopper’s and they were as beautiful as usual. Katie must have taken this before the market was open, as Jon’s stand was busy all weekend.

Easy Knits EYF

Yesterday, it was announced that the next Edinburgh Yarn Festival will be in March 2016 and I am looking forward to it already. Here are my purchases…and there is plenty to keep my busy:

EYF Stash

Did you go to Edinburgh Yarn Festival?