Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Edinburgh Yarn Festival!

This past Saturday was the first Edinburgh Yarn Festival. It was fabulous, and I really hope they do it again next year! I'll definitely sign up to volunteer. Having a fibre event like this so close to home was great. It really took the pressure off - I didn't feel like I had to see everything all at once, since I knew I could wander back home and come back again if necessary. I didn't take too many pictures, but hopefully these give a feel for the atmosphere.

When I arrived, I was greeted by this bizarre creature.

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It was incredibly crowded on my first circuit of the stalls, but by the time I made it around for a second look, it had calmed down a little. Still, the place was heaving.

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I dropped most of my loosely-determined budget at Old Maiden Aunt. The stall was placed in a sort of bottle neck / dead-end, which exacerbated the crowds... It is easy to see why everyone was heading there, though. So much beautiful stuff.

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Giant creepy clown face watched over the proceedings...

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And here's Ysolda's big rack-o-samples. The fangirl in me did squeal inwardly at handling these original, beautiful pieces. I declined the offer to try some on, mostly because I was wearing a soggy raincoat and didn't want to fling moisture everywhere. (The weather that day was pretty awful - all the more reason to frolic inside with the wool).

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All in all a great time. It was pretty overwhelming to see all this gorgeous stuff in person - most of my yarn-ogling happens on the internet, which just isn't the same. I always feel a bit awkward chatting with people who do things I admire - but everyone I spoke to was lovely. I picked up so many cards to facilitate future internet purchases, in addition to the yarn I bought on the day. Swag pictures coming up!

5 comments:

  1. I am swooning at this fiber festival. Unsold a is such a sweetie in person.

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  2. Oh yeah, a fiber party right in your back yard - doesn't get much better than that! And I agree with your assessement of that clown face - it is creepy. :)

    Can't wait to see the suuuwag. One of the best things about fiber festivals is the ability to see and touch the yarn up close. It's a great way to really learn about what's out there and what might work up well in a future project.

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  3. I got really excited just reading the title! Hooray for so much yarn in one place! I'm glad you had somewhere so wonderful and fun to go on such a icky day.

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  4. Oh, lucky you! Fiber festivals are the best. It's always fun to be around people who love yarn and knitting. Can't wait to see what you brought home.

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  5. It looks awesome :) I love fibre festivals

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