Yippee for Yarn!

October 11, 2014

Hello there! I am back from my holidays and have brought back with me the most delicious collection of yarns from Yarndale! A fantastic Yarn Festival in Skipton (where I also happen to have a lovely friend I can go and stay with too!)


It was a super festival, even better than last years, the stalls were spaced out a little bit more this year with resting places all around. Last year it was really tricky to see anything on the Saturday as you were like a sardine squished in a can and had to bypass some stalls, as it was far too difficult to get in!

On the Saturday we were there for the whole day, from 10am to 5pm with an hours rest for lunch! We only walked round once in that whole time and it was so lovely to have a really good look (and feel) at everything that was displayed.

There was an egg cosy competition this year to raise money for Macmillian Nurses, my entry was Dragon Fruit Cosies!



2.Egg-cosys There were only a few submissions this year, the Tea Cosy competition of last year was more successful, which surprised me, maybe the fact you had to make four put people off? My favourite was the pompom yarndale hat cosies in the corner!


The Mandalas made from all around the world was very successful with over 1000 submitted! They are all very beautiful, so much colour!

Besides all the wonderful yarn at Yarndale, I also love seeing the animals! Since I wrote an assignment on Angora Rabbits, I have a great desire to own one… they are so adorable! Hopefully one day I will have one or two of my own…

There were rare breeds of sheep, rams and alpacas to look at and stroke!

Lovely looking fellas aren’t they!?

So then… onto the goodies… as there are no yarn shops where I live, you can imagine how exciting it is to have so much yarn to look at and feel, in one go! One of my first purchases though, was actually a bag!


Made by Treddlingwoman the collection available was beautiful! She chooses lovely fabrics, and I fell in love with this one, very reasonably priced too.


I was happy to see a bargain bin on babybamboo, which I love working with, a beautiful large selection of colours and a lovely sheen, 5 for £10 was great value!


I realised when I got back to my friends house later that I’d managed to buy three yarns that matched my bag! I have a Fair Isle and Intarsia projects in my next module in my Hand Knit Textile Design course and this bag would be perfect for a colour inspiration and now I have the yarns to match!


Forever in love with the colour yellow, when I came across this beautiful pure cashmere yarn, by Lotus Yarns I couldn’t resist. Bought from Yarnaddict, a 50g skein only, but I will be able to make a lace scarf with this, probably for me. It is sooooo soft.


What a wonderful name for a yarn; Maiden Hair! Bought from Purlescence this is truly delicious!! I bought a lovely pattern called Song of the Sea, unfortunately there isn’t enough yarn to knit the long cowl, I think I’ll knit something between the snug and the cowl as I would like it to drape around, a little like maidens hair! I’m sure watching Vikings has had something to do with choosing this yarn! I’m really looking forward to seeing how the colours knit up.


I came across the beautiful plant dyed yarn from Ananuca. The colours available were absolutely heavenly. I have no idea what I will knit with this yet, maybe a bag, there isn’t much yardage per ball, only 77 meters, so a bag will probably be best. I bought some glue in purse frames from Bag-Clasps which will be fun to try out.


Now this crazy coloured yarn from FiveMoons already has a purpose! The AMAZING Knitapotamus by Heidi Bears! I cannot wait to knit this little fella!! He is so adorable..


Another toy, this time as a kit. Designed by Sara Heap, her knitted characters are absolutely wonderful! Take a look at her other kits at SheapKnits.


It was great to see lots of mini skeins at Yarndale this year, and I couldn’t resist this one from The Natural Dye Studio. A sock weight, I’m not sure whether I will knit some socks or maybe a one skein shawl. There are some beautiful patterns available on Ravelry, I’ve been drooling over this one from Boo Knits this week….


This sock yarn is definitely going to be turned into a pair of socks! A lovely sparkly one for my sister from Willo Fibres. A very reasonably priced £10 and the sparkle is wonderful! I think I will choose one of the socks from Knitted Socks East and West, one of my top 5 knitting books.


This yarn I didn’t actually buy from Yarndale, but on a trip to London from one of my favourite Yarn Shops, Loop. I was only going to buy one, but whilst queuing I decided to get another, sometimes one is just not enough! I’m not sure what I will knit with this yet, maybe a vest top… we shall see….


This is definitely going to be a racer back vest top, which I am going to design myself. When it is knitted up it looks like stars in the night sky, it’s really lovely. I used to look at the stars with my Dad, and the stars always remind me of him, so this is something a bit extra special for me. From Tarts Art.


Another vest top with this beautiful baby alpaca silk from Drops. Drops yarn is amazingly reasonably priced, I have only recently discovered it, and it makes knitting garments much more affordable. Rowan yarn is divine but with a price to match!


This amazing silk is from Oliver Twists Fibres. It doesn’t suit my colouring at all, but it is so stunning I couldn’t not buy it, it is like spun precious metals. It is very fine at 100g/1500 meters and one day it will become a very beautiful shawl.


I’m not sure which stall this yarn was bought from, bought by my friend to be knitted by me into a lovely scarf / long cowl joined together by the buttons for her. It is a lovely silk/wool blend, really soft and very pretty to knit with. The colours change every few stitches so you get a lovely display of colour as you knit, very happy inducing knitting!


Last but not least, I bought myself a Yarnswift (and a winder) with some birthday money I had. I’ve been wanting one for a while. I have been debating between the umbrella style or this amish style one. When I saw the umbrella ones, they do look a little flimsy, and with so many pieces I would be worried one of them could break, where as the amish ones are very sturdy! This one has been hand made by a craft person, it was more expensive than ones available online, but I believe in buying hand crafted and supporting independent suppliers whenever it is available and I can afford to. This is something I feel strongly about, and felt instead of purchasing a mass produced one made in China or from US, I would much rather love to have a hand crafted one. Made by Sunflower Swifts, I am really happy with this, and have been having great fun making yarn cakes!


Here they *nearly* all are, what a beautiful collection? It made saying goodbye to my family and returning to Sri Lanka a bit softer when I have all this wonderful yarn to play with. I like the fact I have set projects ready to go, the Knitapotamus, Song of the Sea Cowl etc… as well as yarn that I will be designing with, so whilst I’m designing, sampling and testing new patterns I have knitting to do whilst travelling and resting too! Perfect combination.

Hope you have enjoyed looking at all my pretty yarns from Yarndale! I’m off now to do some knitting, what about you?

Take care and happy weekend,



  • Jan

    October 11, 2014 at 12:21

    It was so lovely being able to look at all of your purchases Rebecca. Can’t wait to see them knitted up!

    1. Rebecca

      October 18, 2014 at 13:02

      I can’t wait to start knitting either!! What to do first is the hard question…. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by Jan 🙂

  • Trisha Liu

    October 11, 2014 at 11:46

    Oh my gosh, how beautiful. Looks like you had a great trip! There are yarn stores where I live, but our big yarn event (Stitches West) does not include the wonderful animals! Not that I know of anyway. I have worked with the Manos silk blend, so delicious! And I have a swift similar to yours. Yours looks fancier and more functional, I like the curved pegs. Happy stitching!

    1. Rebecca

      October 18, 2014 at 13:05

      Hi Trisha! Thanks for coming by to say hello! I’ve really enjoyed knitting with the Manos silk, the colours are so beautiful and it’s not often I knit of larger needles so it makes a nice change with how quick it knits up!! Funnily I had my curved pegs on the wrong way round until I had a look at the website for the address and realised, obviously, the curved edge faces outside!!
      Take care and see you again soon, Rebecca 🙂

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