On Friday afternoon, I was happy to spend a few hours at the Unravel festival of yarn in Farnham. It was the first day of the weekend festival, and yet there were so many people there – it was lively and fun, and we both had a great time. I wandered around looking at everything until I realised that I had only 40 minutes left to shop, and then I went a little wild. Here is my complete haul:
Surprisingly, most of it was not yarn. I bought Felicity Ford’s Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook, a book I had wanted for a long time. We stopped and chatted at the BIPOC in Fiber booth, and were happy to purchase a canvas tote and pin to help show our support for diversity in the knitting community.
I bought three knitting bags from Pink Hazel. One is a project bag, and the other two are needle holders – one for DPNs and one for interchangeable needles. I asked Doug which one I should buy, and he said “Buy all three”. This might be an indication of the the mess that my needles are currently in, or the fact that I can never find a particular needle when I need one.
I bought six skeins of Kettle Yarn Beyul DK, a blend of Baby Yak, Silk, and Ethical SW Merino, in a lovely sandy grey shade. I have a particular project in mind for this, of which more later.
I spent some time admiring the buttons at Textile Garden, and couldn’t resist buying these unusual ones:
I had a lovely time chatting with others. I was completely thrilled to meet Jeanette Sloan, who is not only a talented designer but is also charming and friendly. (I love her latest book, Warm Hands, co-edited with Kate Davies.) I spent some time with Jen and Jim Arnall-Culliford (that’s me and Jen below):
One of the best things about a yarn festival is that there are so many samples to try on and to fondle. I particularly liked this cowl from The Little Grey Sheep:
(There is a pullover to match the cowl which is fantastic, and which Emma has already claimed an interest in. Now that I’ve seen it in person, it has moved up my list.)
I was also thrilled to see a knitted sample of Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s shawl, Koko. I was 80% decided to knit this shawl, and now that I have seen it in person, I like it even more:
I’d love to post more photos from the festival. Unfortunately, I asked Doug to take on the role of photographer, and when I came home nearly all of the photos were of me handing over my credit card:
Doug apparently thought this was funny.
For his part, Doug seemed just as happy to wander around and chat with exhibitors. Later that evening, when we arrived home, I discovered that Doug had bought me the really cool Flight of Stitch Markers from Coco Knits. Also, wrapped up in a small package slipped among the other goodies, was a gorgeous sterling silver shawl pin, crafted by Lyn Roberts Design:
It is clear that I should always take Doug with me when I attend a yarn fair!
All these lovely knitting goodies, and I have a new project on my needles to boot:
I’ve had a nice, relaxing yarn-filled weekend. I hope that you have as well.
Thanks for this report. That shawl pin is the best I’ve ever seen, love the design.
You’re welcome, Beth. I love the shawl pin, too. She makes beautiful pieces.
It looks like you had a fabulous time! I love the Kettle Yarn
Thanks. This yarn feels really good; I can’t wait to see how it knits up.
Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed Unravel. I haven’t been for a couple of years and this year realised how much I missed going, but couldn’t fit in a trip unfortunately. The project bag and needle holders are fab, and right now I’m off to look up that gorgeous cowl.
I’ve tried to get to Unravel for years, but I am always away on that weekend. I had to grab the chance this year. I had a good time.
It looks like you had a wonderful time! You have some great finds and new projects lined up. And Doug is definitely a keeper 🙂
I think so too!
I just love that grey yarn!! I’m jealous of your trip.
It was fun. I don’t get to many yarn festivals, and this one was really nicely planned and managed. And not so crowded that you couldn’t move.
Oh wow, you’ve got a great husband there. I cannot imagine mine coping at a yarn festival unless there was a bar selling craft beers there where he could hide out. I LOVE your 3 bags, the design, the material, gorgeous and love all those pockets.
Doug puts up with yarn shopping and I put up with guitar shopping. It’s a good system.
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