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.
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
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!!’
More Edinburgh news tomorrow as my weekend is not over yet and I have a family Ceilidh tonight.
love to you all,