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    Feb252014

    Unravel 2014

    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?

     

    Reader Comments (5)

    Damn right you'll see me there! I'm already packed. Going to have to come up with a wilder colour for nest year ;) Thanks for the shout out x

    February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGilly

    Great Blog and Pictures!!! We had such a great time at the Unravel Knitting Festival.
    I'm happy to hear that you got our last ball of Einband - This was our first time at Unravel and if we come back next year, we will definitely bring some more of it - but until then you can check out the different colors here:
    Einband - Laceweight Yarn at alafoss.is
    Hopefully we will meet again at Unravel 2015.
    Lara - Alafoss Wool Store

    February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlafoss Wool Store

    You have an incredible range of colours - thanks for the link. I hope that you had a profitable show - I was really interested in your yarns, and look forward to trying the one I have.

    February 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterJacqui Harding

    The looks like such a fun time. (Your hair looks just fabulous, by the way.) Your photos are so dangerous for my fibre diet: a package from Island Wool Co may be sitting in my work basket now, thanks to a previous post. Must resist this time. I look forward to hearing what you think of the Einband; it's one I've been meaning to play around with some time soon.

    February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

    Thanks elizabeth, I like my hair red :)
    Enjoy the Island wool - and I'll let you know about the Einband. Looks really intriguing, I think it will soften up a lot in the wash.

    March 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

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