Now it's no secret that I love wool festivals. I love that my overwhelming fascination (some may call it obsession) with yarn, needles, hook, patterns and fibre makes me feel like one of the cool kids. Bizarrely, it doesn't always work that way in real life!
Unravel is the first big festival of the year & a great chance to meet up with online friends while squeeing over colourful skeins. This year I was lucky enough to win a weekend ticket from Hilltop Cloud. So I made a weekend of and stayed over in a hotel with Gilly (she's just started up her blog again, click on the link to go see!), Sarah of Crafts from the Cwtch and Marinke (known as Wink) from A creative being. Gilly is a regular partner in crime, but I hadn't met Sarah or Wink before. They are predictably lovely :)
(Top row L-R: knitted pigeon, knitted taxidermy & sculpture, Wink's dreads! Middle row L-R: Sarah & Gilly, knitted directions, The Natural Dye Studio. Bottom row L-R: Books & knitting in the cafe, Sweet Georgia yarns, bloggers in action!)
I love this group selfie that Gilly took. L-R; the adorable Ruth of Rock and purl. Designer & tech editor extroadinaire! Me, the fabulous Kate Heppell, editor of Knit Now & all round lovely person, Gilly who's hair generated lots of interest :)
I did do some buying. Mainly fibre - I now have an extensive yarn stash & love to find out what's new at shows but I don't get to do an enormous of knitting or crochet for me these days. This is what I got;
Small photos: Sweet georgia bfl/silk roving in spring garden colourway, Hilltop cloud's handblended gradient roving in Dark Rainbow, Knit by numbers dk merino by John Arbon (bin ends) (the 3 x 200g broken tops in the main picture are John Arbon too), gradient wool in rainbow from Namolio, Icelandic lopi Einband laceweight wool.
I've already started spinning the sweet georgia bfl/silk. It's GORGEOUS! I'm also really looking forward to trying the new-to-me Icelandic lopi wool. I got the last ball of laceweight - the red ball above.
I love to catch up with the producers/dyers who are kind enough to let me use their yarn in my designs, and to meet up with twitter/instagram/facebook/ravelry friends in real life. Unravel 2015 will be February 20-22nd. Will I see you there?