Sunday, March 17, 2013

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Lioness Arts display
Where to begin?
The Edinburgh Yarn Festival was a huge success.
The staff in the cafe must not have known what had hit them!
I arrived at noon and the Drill Hall was heaving with excited knitters / crocheters / spinners.  After an initial recce, I realised that I needed to step back and hope the crowds would thin out enough to let me actually get to the wool!
Skein Queen treasure chest
So Christine, my mother and I joined the queue for cake :D
Priorities, people!
Christine had a class to attend at 1.30, so I established my mother at Base Camp, on a comfy sofa with a heater nearby and a cute dog to talk to (not ours!) and then... ahem... worked the room.
The Yarn Pony stand
Yarn Pony Mustang
It is fair to say that I wanted to buy everything on the Yarn Pony stall.  But because I am incapable of making decisions, I did NOT buy the amazing shimmering bronze silk mix or the ashes-of-roses alpaca or enough charcoal-shaded gold to knit a cardigan. 

I did buy a skein of Mustang sock wool (100% superwash merino) in a handpainted (possibly gradient-dyed?) mix of charcoal greys and midnight blues which positively shimmers.  A shawl?

You need some Yarn Pony in your stash.  As soon as her online shop opens, I will be there!

It was great to see new indie-dyers and small businesses represented at the Festival.  So often, such events are dominated by the big established companies, but they were nowhere to be seen - hooray!

Sky Blue Pink Designs (£170 for this piece.  No, of course I didn't!)
It wasn't all about raw materials - there were a few sellers of ready-made handcrafted goodies. 
I loved the felted scarf pictured above, from Sky Blue Pink designs.  Gorgeous colours!

I met so many people I knew and others who knew me from the blog and came up to say hello - which was lovely!  My mother was bemused by this.  It was only afterwards that I realised she has never been with me in a situation where I know people and she doesn't.  Usually, she does that thing where the grown up speaks for the child, even though that child is now in her 40s! For once, she was on the back foot and I was the one making confident conversation about knitting / myeloma to "complete strangers".  An interesting turnaround!
Lioness Arts BFL sock in Pan
Skein Queen Entwine 4 ply sock
 Where was I?
Oh yes - I bought two other skeins of yarn.  On the left, Lioness Arts BFL sock, a light-weight fingering with 435 yards in the skein.  The colour "Pan" is slightly more mossy than my photo suggests, with shots of rich wine and forest green.  It called to me.
And on the right, the one that almost got away!  I spotted this on the Skein Queen table as I was doing my photographic tour, but didn't have any money with me.  I scooted back to Base Camp to retrieve my purse, but when I returned, the skein had gone - nooooo!
"Um... I was here a minute ago and there was a skein of brown wool just there... has it been sold?"  There was some sheepish giggling, and the Skein Queen herself rummaged under the counter and produced "my" skein.  She had just that moment decided to reserve it for personal use!  I promised that it was going to a good home ;)  It is the most wonderful marled cocoa wash on a pearly two-ply merino / nylon base, which will be perfect for another Rachel Coopey sock pattern.  I am so very pleased to have brought this home with me!
Jamieson and Smith 2 ply laceweight from 1992!
I also brought home some vintage shetland laceweight, which my mother bought in 1992 to knit a shawl for my son-to-be.  At the time, she said it was entirely the wrong colour for a baby, and ordered some nice safe lemon instead.  I thought she had  returned the heathery mix of blues and lilacs  - but no!  She had buried at the back of a cupboard, and only found it again last week!  Isn't it lovely?

I deliberately avoided taking pictures of people.  You'll find plenty of those photos around the internet soon enough, I'm sure.  I didn't want to add a layer of awkwardness to the day by cornering celebrities for blog-snaps.  Ysolda smiled at me, and that 's enough!

There were a couple of men wandering around with video cameras, and I was conscious of being "captured" knitting my sock on the sofa.  Let me know if you come across  that footage, please!  I don't know who they were.

I was home by 9pm.  FL and I stopped for fish and chips in the village, then I stayed up to stalk some vintage sewing patterns on ebay.  Fortunately I lost the bidding war.  I don't need 45 more patterns, really I don't!

Today, I want to do some sewing, but the house is a tip.  FL spent yesterday asleep / snacking / rearranging newspapers, and it looks as if the dog went mud-rolling, so there is trail of devastation to be dealt with before I can relax.  Such is life!

Oh - and I dyed my hair this morning.  I need to avoid strong wind, because there is a hideous deep purple tide line above my right ear... which is just not fair when the overall effect is fairly subtle.  You will have to believe me when I say I have violet slices of colour where the grey used to be - FL says he can't see them at all! 
Violet enhancements


Sadie said...

Gorgeous yarn! I'm so jealous of everyone who got to go, it sounds like a fantastic festival.

Now wondering about dyeing my grey hair purple...hmmm...

Sarahel said...

Sounds, and looks, like a fabulous day. Great hair cut and I really like the subtle purple.

Anonymous said...

I love that streak! It's dashing against the beautifully subtle tones of the rest of the hair.

That felted scarf is covetable. It would inspire me to a plain knitted version, but that would seem to require too much nit-picking intarsia.
-- stashdragon

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Ooh, lots and lots of lovely yarn! I'd hoped to make it North for this one. A friend needed a wheelchair pusher/companion and as you can imagine had a terribly hard time persuading me to join her, but in the end she couldn't make it at all so I missed out.

Happy knitting Roo :)

christinelaennec said...

Thanks so much for inviting me, Roobeedoo! I had a great day. Your hair is very cool, and in the weeks to come you will no doubt be caught in any number of gusts in order to show off all the purple.

Anonymous said...

I am not generally a fan of felted items but that scarf is delicious.

acharmofmagpies said...

Oh what a wonderful looking day! All that beautiful yarn. And the violet streaks are fabulous!

Mary in TN said...

All that awesome yarn! I just love yarn and fiber festivals. And the violet streaks look great!

kristenmakes said...

Haha, I also try to avoid taking photos of people, which is why I only have 3 photos on my post from the event. Yours were much better! I think I spotted you but wasn't sure how successful I'd be if I shouted to get your attention ;) Glad you had a great time!

Debi said...

Looks like it was an amazing event! I'm sorry I wasn't able to make it....but hopefully they will do it next year and hopefully I will be knitting by then :)

Linda Doran said...

I've been looking at blogs of the EYF and I love the photos you took, great to see all that lovely stuff looking all colourful and inviting!