Monday, 30 September 2013

Yarndale 2013


In the interest of honesty and full disclosure I should start this post with a couple of admissions. I didn't really go to Yarndale for the yarn. No, it was more an excuse for my friend Rachel and I to have a lovely child-free day out in the country - a "lady date" if you will. I'm not really a yarn purist. I confuse my double knits and my arans, my worsteds and my tweeds, and care not one jot how organic, artisan or hand spun the yarn is - I just tend to see a pattern or colour I like the look of and work from there. Usually on the wrong size needle or hook.

And I didn't take many photos. Sorry. It was just too busy and my camera was too heavy and I was juggling my handbag, my purse and my purchases while trying to look at yarn, stroke the yarn and not bump into people (did I mention how busy it was?) and taking photos seemed pretty irrelevant after a while. I just wanted to enjoy the experience.

When we arrived at around half past eleven the hills were shrouded in misty low cloud and the light was flat and grey.


But the walk from the car to the entrance was strung with bunting and it added a cheerful, festival feel to the whole affair.


Inside it was heaving. Lots and lots of people. And so many stalls! The venue is used for cattle auctions and each stallholder had a pen. There was a lot of yarn and yarn related paraphernalia. Many stalls were selling gifts and handmade crafts too, but it was the yarn stalls that seemed the busiest. I said hello to Lucy and bumped into Jacquie and it was lovely to meet both of them in the flesh. 


At this point Rachel and I went into a black hole of time where we wandered up and down the aisles in a trance like state and then suddenly, at two o'clock, realised that we were very hungry indeed and needed some lunch. Dispirited by the long queues for food we decided to drive into Skipton and get something there and I'm glad we did as we had the nicest lunch sitting outside in the sun in a little cafe. I left my camera in Rachel's car and took the rest of these photos on my phone. Skipton looked like a nice place to be on a sunny Saturday afternoon with a bustling market and many independent shops and cafes to explore. We wandered over to Lucy and Tracy's studio for a nosy and what a light, bright and colourful space it is. 


By this time is was after three and we decided to walk back up the hill to Yarndale, hoping that the crowds had thinned out a little.

The sun had burned through the cloud by now and the views of the dales were glorious.


Just outside the front doors was a tree strung with yarn-covered plastic balls. I think this may have been my favourite thing from the whole day.


It was much easier to browse the stalls now and we spent a lovely hour re-visiting all those we couldn't get to before. On our way back down the hill into Skipton to the car, we walked through the park and saw some of the yarn-bombing that was on display. It was all quite wonderful and it was nice to see so many people stop and look at it.


I was pretty restrained in my purchases and bought some very beautiful linen thread for potential doily making...


...and this gorgeously soft alpaca yarn plus a pattern so I can knit myself this cowl.


So all in all a rather lovely day out and I hope the Yarndale organisers are relaxing now and feeling pleased with themselves after staging this huge event. Yay for yarn and yay for Yorkshire!

36 comments:

  1. Wow, it sounds wonderful. Is too far for me to come (I am both London-centric, and also constrained by large numbers of small children!) but it just looks beautiful. Thank you for posting your photos!

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  2. I have really enjoyed seeing this event through so many different bloggers' eyes. I'm the same as you, I'm nothing like a yarn purist and some of my favorite yarn is really cheap stuff. But I still get tons of pleasure from it and that's all I really care about. Your photos are great, I feel like I was there too. I'm glad you had a nice time. :)

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  3. I'm enjoying reading different bloggers' accounts of their visit to Yarndale. Thanks for sharing your pictures. I like the yarn you purchased.

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  4. Aw what a brilliant ladies day :) I'm so sad I didn't go for a gander at all the lovely things. It was just that bit too far for me. Maybe next year if they throw another one. Looks like you had a fab time xx

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  5. A really lovely account of a really lovely event. Thanks Gillian x

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  6. What a wonderful girls day! Your photos are so lovely, and sunshine just makes everything nicer, doesn't it? I love the yarn-covered balls hanging from the tree. And the colorful bunting is fabulous! So glad you enjoyed a wonderful day with a dear friend!

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  7. This is such a wonderful event! Thanks for sharing the photos!
    Love the yarn you bought! Linen doily...mmm, I should give it a try too!

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  8. I didn't take many photos either and I went on Sunday when it was supposedly quieter! I think I need to be better prepared next time though and have an idea what I want to purchase as the choice was just so overwhelming. I really loved the yarn balls too and the walk through the park - they were so lucky with the weather. x

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  9. Thanks for sharing - Maybe next year Yarndale organisers will have a photo montage available for all the visiting bloggers...I love your purchases, I just bought some doily thread as well! Chrissie x

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  10. Sounds a wonderful day out! SO wish I could have gone to Yarndale but working at weekends makes trips like this at a weekend almost impossible. : ( Lovely to see your pics and hear all about it though. E x

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  11. Loving the balls of wool with the knitting needles, I haven't noticed those in any other bloggers pictures! Glad that you had a great time, whatever the reason for going, as long as you had a good visit that is all that matters.

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  12. You were right to skip the food queues, they were ridiculous! I kept a look out for you to say hello but there was such a crush of people it was impossible to do little more than shuffle along. Sunday was much quieter. I'm just sorry I didn't get to ride on that bus!

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  13. It all looks wonderful and what a great place for a lady date! I'm in love with your jeans by the way, swooooon! :) x

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  14. Yarndale looks and sounds amazing! You have taken some great photos. I am not a yarn purist at all either, I'm always getting them mixed up and have to ask my mum for advice! However, I can say that your yarn purchases look very lovely.
    Marianne x

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  15. You explained very well the event! Beautiful pics! :D

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  16. Glad you enjoyed your day. I would have loved to have been there, maybe next year if it's on again.

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  17. Wasn't it fab, I had a brilliant time too, despite the crowds, and meeting lots of lovely bloggers was the icing on the cake. Roll on next year!

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  18. Gillian what a fab day! Thank you so much for sharing the pictures with us as it gives us a little part of the experience! xoxo

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  19. My sister-in-law went and showed me some incredible pictures of a full knitted picnic - prawns and all! Looks like fun.

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  20. hi gillian
    sounds a wonderful day out. love all photos. your new wool looks lovely. wish you luck with knitting.
    have a wonderful sunny october day,
    regina

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  21. I went on the Sunday and by the sound of it a little quieter.....great set of phpotos ... I keep seeing things I missed on the day so thanks for sharing

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  22. Looks like a fabulous time was had by all, I'm most envious! Love your purchases too :)

    S x

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  23. I have read such lovely posts all over about it. Glad you had a good time. Jo x

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  24. I thought Yarndale was just fabulous - love that grey alpaca yarn!

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  25. Thank you for taking the time to call into mine and Lucy's studio , it was a busy two days in The Studio with so many lovely Yarndale people visiting and I'm glad our creative space could be part of your Yarndale experience .
    With kind regards Tracy .

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  26. Hooray for lady dates ... sounds like you both had a perfect day out ... your new linen thread is a beautiful colour ... I've only came across browns and greens before in my upholstery adventures ... Bee xx

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  27. My sisters were able to go (completely burning with jealousy) looks absolutely gorgeous! Glad you had a lovely time and thank you for the pics, made me feel like I was there!

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  28. Absolutely nothing wrong with a girls day out! When mummy gets her own time shes a better mummy! I'm glad you had the day off!! I would have Loved to have gone to yarndale... maybe next year?!
    Tammy xx

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  29. So nice you had a 'day off' and such a perfect way to spend it. I would be in heaven going there. That cowl is going to be loverly :-)

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  30. looks like it was a lovely day. I must try and go next year. I had a friend there who had a stall and it looked like a great event, although possibly a bit over-whelming! love the linen thread and the cowl idea, and fun jeans! Heather x

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  31. Lovely write-up! I loved the Baa Ram Ewe stall too. Rather envious that you made it to the studio! I bought yarn for a cowl too! Jen

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  32. What a fantastic day out- looks like you enjoyed yourselves. Glad you had a great day- I love the little ducks and the yarn bombing:)

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  33. Beautiful photo's ! You captured it really well, it was a brilliant day out wasn't it ?
    Kate

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  34. Looks like an amazing event, and such a beautiful setting! x

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  35. Love, love, love this post - so many gorgeous pictures xx
    Hello to Bella and Angus xx

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