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Yarn,friends,more yarn,macaroons and a family’s ceilidh…part one

Let’s start with a question:

Do I need more yarn? ABSOLUTELY NOT !!!

Do I WANT  more yarn? ALWAYS!!!

Saying that let me start telling you about my weekend.

Every year I go to two yarn exhibitions: Yarndale and the Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

The reason why is because I like the spirit behind them. They both are a gathering of mainly independent producers, dyers and designers. And they are so worth going to because of the amazing talent and creativity behind those stalls.

On Friday morning my daughter Valentina and I took an early train from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Valentina had a dissertation meeting at University, and I went  to the Corn Exchange where EYF is held.

I met my friend Julia from http://handknittedthings.blogspot.co.uk/  in the queue outside the building amongst many very enthusiastic and chatting ladies! It didn’t rain which was a major plus, and it wasn’t too cold either so the hour and a bit waiting outside flew by in a flurry of yarn chats!

Julia and I  we went inside and we met Janehttp://janiecrow.co.uk/presta/ who was one of the exhibitors. and Sandra http://sandra-cherryheart.blogspot.co.uk/   then I just I wondered off admiring all the goodness in the show. Highlights? Far too many to mention but I especially loved Marie Wallin’s   tiny stand with her jumpers with the most exquisite colour combinations,

 

 

Amanda Perkins crochet blankets  http://www.amandascrochetblankets.com/home-page

The knitting Goddess http://www.theknittinggoddess.co.uk/,  Eden Cottage Yarns and my friend Zoe, which was exhibiting too and  has a lovely shop in Glasgow where I buy all my natural yarns. Zoe has a great selection of small independent producers, plus she dyes her on yarn also.  http://www.thequeenofpurls.com/

But let me tell u what made my day…

It wasn’t the yarn; it was those ladies that somehow recognised me and stopped to say hi and to tell me that they read and love my blog, my stories and my 12 blankets in 12-months challenge.

It was so overwhelming and humbling to get tangible recognition that my rumblings online are enjoyed by you out there .!

So a MASSIVE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!

I am not taking the time you are spending reading my blog for granted it is totally appreciated.

So what did I brought back with me? I already posted a couple of photos on Instagram; I bought some lovely hand dyed yarn from the Knitting Goddess, three skeins from Eden Cottage and a VERY expensive cake from this new Hungarian supplier of gradients yarn called Bilum

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Amanda’s new blankets book, small pamphlets on crochet shawls that look very promising and a book on knitted toys because I couldn’t resist all those mini dresses and cute animals!

Out of the show, I shared a taxi with a lovely lady from Hampshire which very kindly gave me a lift to Edinburgh centre. I went to Mademoiselle Macaroon! https://mademoisellemacaron.co.uk/

Because I haven’t forgotten about my blanket and because they have THE BEST MACAROONS IN SCOTLAND!!!!  Gosh, I wish you could try them! They are delicious, and the small bakery/cafe is so quaint, you can see Edinburgh castle while sitting sipping your coffee and ejoying your macaroons and the staff couldn’t be more helpful.

yeah, as we say in Scotland: ‘PURE MAGIC!!’

and look what we got here…..can you spot the macaroon and the new squares??

 

More Edinburgh news tomorrow as my weekend is not over yet and I have a family Ceilidh tonight.

love to you all,

Luciaxx

8 Comments

  1. PrettyPotato

    March 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time! The festival is on my list for next year, maybe I’ll see you there!

    1. admin

      March 12, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      sure that will be lovely just get in touch if you plan the trip x

  2. Jenn

    March 11, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Your photos are stunning, Edinburgh looks like a magical city! My husband and I are planning a trip to the UK at either the end of the year or the beginning of 2018. Maybe I can get him to go when the Edinburgh Yarn Festival is happening. It looks like a yarn lovers paradise!!
    Your macaroon blanket looks amazing, I can’t wait to see the finished project!

  3. Trish Annie Stevens

    March 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you make with those lovely yarns, Lucia. I love Amanda Perkins designs, and I’ve just started an adaptation of the Crop Circles blanket from her Rainbow Crochet Blankets book.

  4. Jen Tyler

    March 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Your picture journalling is stunning, Lucia! I feel like I’m there! And how lovely to be among your yarny tribe too. It does sound like a perfect day. Amanda Perkins makes amazing blankets and her colour recipes are always inspirational! So thank you for the reminder. I’m heading over to her website this instant! 😀 Wishing you a delightful and productive week ahead! xxx

    1. admin

      March 12, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      thank you Jen! Amanda blankets are just amazing…the quality of the yarn and the type of yarn make them incredible. they would be relly pricey to reproduce as the yarn is always quite unique, but the book is beautifully done I really like it.
      and when you plan to visit the uk get in touch!!!! xx

  5. Ingeborg

    March 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    The design of the granny is terrific, Lucia. Is it your own design? I have never come across it and I looooove it

    1. admin

      March 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      yes it is Ingeborg, I just made it up. I wanted something simple and small but also a bit different from the usual granny and 3D. I will put up the pattern , it is really easy. Thank you for your lovely comment xx

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