My three fellow crafters and me visited Yarndale for the first time on Sunday. It’s taken my eyes, legs and brain a few days to recover from the sheer force of all that bright, friendly, woolly and extremely beautiful crafty loveliness!!! So much to take in and loads of inspiration, so here are just a few of my crochet highlights.
1. Great balls of yarn:Check out these gigantic hooks and whopping yarn. The lovely ladies from I Make Knots let us loose on some supersized, and super squishy, gorgeous yarn. We each made a very quick necklace, the big hooks required a bit of extra effort to control but I was pleased with the result plus it was quite chilly in the morning and it warmed me up.
3. Pom Poms: Since I hurt my hand doing too much crochet earlier in the year I’ve been rationing my crochet time carefully. Of course that’s meant looking for alternative yarn fun so I’ve been learning continental knitting (which happily doesn’t hurt) and making loads of pom poms with my kids and anyone who comes to visit. I’ve got a vague idea I will use them to fashion a garland for my bannister once I’ve got a motherload and found some nice examples on TrompeLolly’s very pretty stall.
5. Tiny beauty: have you heard of Amanda Bloom’s Little Box of Crochet? A monthly subscription to a fantastic treat box containing new kits by great crochet designers. Check out all these gorgeous goodies.On their Yarndale stall was this very cute display from this month’s designer Kate Bruning from Greedy for Colour. Aren’t they amazing? I totally want her pattern books, her designs are soooo cute!This is my kind of camping trip, so pretty and ice cream too!After a thoroughly good day of mooching there was just time for tea, cake and some last minute purchases before heading home. I would definitely like to visit again one day, we found Yarndale enjoyable and very well organised.