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!

Christmas Gifts for Knitters

It is that time of year again, where every non-knitter is wondering what to buy for the knitter in their life. To make things a little easier, I have decided to do a quick round up of knitting related goodies on my list this year.

Gifts For Knitters

1)Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting  by Ann Hood Possibly the only thing that I love as much as knitting is reading about/listening to others who are passionate about knitting. This book explores what is so magical about knitting in 27 essays.

2) Geode Glitter Sock Yarn – TheLittleMountYarnCo The lovely Madeline from TheLittleMountYarnCo dyes the most beautiful yarns and this is no exception. I love the shades of purple and blue in this sock yarn and the stellina adds just the right amount of sparkle – who doesn’t like a little sparkle at Christmas?

3) Sweater Stitch Markers – needleclicksEtc These beautiful stitch markers are just what every knitter needs to keep their projects organised and fun. They come in all sorts of woolly knits from socks and mittens to sweaters. You certainly won’t get these mixed up with anybody else’s stitch markers at knit club!

4) Sock Blockers – Knit Pro Sock blockers are an essential tool for those who love knitting socks…and it can get a bit addictive. There are so many lovely blockers out there, but the knit pro ones are a great starter.

5) Knitting Mug – KellyConnorDesigns this cheeky and playful mug is perfect for any knitter who likes craft based puns. This is the perfect gift if you do not feel confident enough choosing yarns or accessories.

What is on your Christmas list this year?

Yarndale Is Almost Here

It is that time of year again, where the weather starts to get colder and the nights are getting a little darker. If you are a knitter, this is the perfect time of year for falling in love with your hobby all over again. I always find myself looking longingly at all of the beautiful blanket patterns on Ravelry and wishing that I was more confident in my crochet abilities.

Nothing inspires me more than a few hours spent admiring so many beautiful projects on Ravelry and then spending a day at Yarndale where there are so many talented independent dyers selling such lovely yarns. Last year was my first visit to Yarndale and I am very excited to be going back at the weekend. I am already compiling a list of yarns to buy and people to see.

Say hello if you see me!

Bash The Stash 2015

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It is no secret that I love yarn. I have since I first learn to knit, and since then my stash has been growing at an unbelievable rate. I have been knitting for almost 10 years now, and my stash acquisition is immense. I could easily continue knitting at my current rate and not need to buy anything for a good few years.

It must have been divine intervention then for me to come across the Bash The Stash 2015 forum thread over on the British Banter Ravelry group.  The challenge is simply to reduce your stash during 2015, and there are three categories:

Cold Sheep – Not buying yarn except if there is something you need to finish a project/attending a knitting festival

Lukewarm Llama – Trying to knit more than you buy

Frozen Shoulder of Lamb – No new yarn will enter the house!!

I have chosen to go Cold Sheep as I already have plans to attend two knitting festivals this year, and it would be a shame to go all of that way and then not buy anything! So far I have done really well and not purchased anything, despite seeing some very tempting bargains.

I have even begun allocating some of the yarn in my stash to specific projects so that I can begin to knit them as soon as I want to without having to worry about matching yarns to patterns or not knowing that I already have the perfect yarn in my stash.

The hashtag #bashthestash2015 is being used on Ravelry and Instagram for those that want to take part, and I have even been extra nerdy and developed a spreadsheet for myself.

What is your stash like?

Yarndale 2014

I may be a little late to post about Yarndale 2014, but hopefully it is worth the wait. This year was the second year of Yarndale, and whilst I was unable to go last year, I was determined to make it to this one. Once the tickets were booked, I obsessively looked at stallholders and make my list of goodies to buy…and the list grew every day.

I was up incredibly early – I am not a morning person at all, and the 4:30am wake up call was only made easier by the fact that I would soon be on my way to buy lots and lots of wonderful yarn. I went with the lovely Amy AKA Minimole, and after two trains, one taxi ride and a short journey on the Yarndale bus we arrived.

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More than a little public knitting was done was done whilst enjoying the views from the train, and it was so nice to see more and more knitters getting on the train as we pulled in to each station. The Yarndale bus ride was fantastic too, and you could feel the excitement growing as we were getting closer.

There were so many stalls filled with wonderful items, and the stallholders were so friendly and passionate about their crafts. I was particularly impressed by the layout of the stands. Despite the crowds, everyone was very patient and understanding, and there was enough room to move about in the aisles.

It was so easy to strike up conversations with other crafty enthusiasts, and on more than one occasion I got talking to people about what we were planning to use our purchases for whilst we were waiting to pay – and everyone was really nice as I was trying to maneuver my way through the crowds.

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Obviously no blog post about a knitting show would be complete without a photo or two of my haul. I had a rough budget and actually managed to stay within it, and I have all sorts of ideas for my purchases. I had two items on my list that I really wanted, and I was able to get both. The first was a skein of Deeply Wicked sock yarn in the colourway Vortex by Easyknits…and I may have gone a little bit crazy at the Easyknits stand, but it is pretty easy to see why. I managed to get the last two skeins of Vortex (the blue-yellow combination) which will become a shawl, and I also wanted a skein of Sea-quine by Sparkleduck which will also become a shawl.

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There were so many new stallholders and sellers that I had never seen before, and I have marked my Yarndale brochure for all of the sellers that I did not managed to browse properly on the day. I have already put a few things on my Christmas list!