|All ready at Yarndale!|
What a weekend! What a show! I have just got back to my lovely sunny Cambridge house after a crazy fabulous weekend away in Yorkshire for Yarndale!
|Me and Mum in matching outfits on our stall.|
After many a traffic jam and jam sandwiches we arrived about five hours later, and quickly set about erecting fabric walls and putting everything in place. I love seeing everything come together. Putting together a show stand for me is like owning a little shop for a couple of days, which is a dream of mine! The icing on the cake of me is putting up our polka dot bunting as I think it makes our stall look so festive.
I made quite a few new batts for this show, with bright colours in! They didn't last long. :-D
The most popular batt was "E Numbers" made from merino, faux cashmere and silk in a neon rainbow! I also made a series of batts inspired by the planets. At the top of the picture below is "Saturn." I was so surprised to see a few friends from instagram meet me first thing on Saturday - saying they had to get to my stall quickly before my batts sold out!
|Colourful batts on my stall|
|Drop spindles in my teapot collection|
One of the best things about Yarndale for me this year was teaching people how to spin - and then those people coming back to me a couple of hours later or even the next day to show me how far they had come along! They had gone from complete beginner- some not even knowing what a drop spindle was- to fully fledged spinstars in just a few hours! I've even had an email from a textiles student with pictures of her newly spun yarn on the knitting machine on her first day back at Uni. I felt very proud of her. :-)
|I think I might have a glitter addiction!|
After we closed on the Saturday we drove to our gorgeous Air BnB cottage in Barnnoldswick a few miles down the road and kicked off our shoes and settled down to eat nice healthy meal and watched "Midnight's Children" by Salman Rushdie. Then I was up bright and early again on Sunday to straighten our stall out again for day two of Yarndale!
|Blended rovings all stacked up|
|My handspun yarns|
When we got to our stall on the Sunday morning we were greeted by a herd of massive Swalesdale sheep! They had the most gorgeous lacey fleeces and made such pretty sheep noises. I wonder who the breeder was? ;-)
|Swaledale sheep at Yarndale|
|Herded by a friendly sheepdog!|
I can't wait to go back next year.
Here's a little video of the show by the blogger +Helpful Mum which features my spindles. Enjoy!