Yesterday I had the most wonderful time at Unravel 2014. For the uninitiated, Unravel is a festival of knitting and all things fibre. There are workshops and talks but more importantly, lots of beautiful independent yarn sellers.
I travelled up by train which meant an early start. I left home around 7.30am and got there three hours later. The nice thing about train journeys is that you can get some knitting time. I managed to get a few rounds done on my Monkey sock, although I did grab some shut-eye too.
It was my first time at the event and I was also hoping to bump into some online friends in person for the first time, so I was quite excited about it.
Well, the place was absolutely packed as you can see from this picture of the Grand Hall.
The other halls were just as busy. Lots of stalls, lots of yarn, lots of knitters. Even though it was packed, everyone was really civilised about getting bumped and knocked about. No frayed tempers here, just a mutual understanding that every skein needed to be lovingly fondled.
The first hour or so was spent mooching about, seeing all the stalls and just soaking in the atmosphere and bumping into people. That’s the really nice thing. You may, like me, be visiting the venue on your own but you’re never really on your own as there’s always a familiar face to see and an invitation to sit down and join in for a cuppa and a chat. I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley aka Country Rose Crafts and Shabby Chic Sarah, both of whom I’m friends with on Instagram. I also met the lovely Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch along with her now famous mum, Lynda, who is currently a contestant on The Great British Sewing Bee, the talented crocheter, Wink from A Creative Being, Tanya from A Yarn Loving Mama and Tink who blogs here. Such wonderful and lovely ladies, I’m just sorry that I didn’t take a group picture of them all. I was a bit shy to ask if truth be told.
After lunch, it was time to go around again, only this time to part with some cash and come home with some smooshy goodness. Do you want to see? I was very restrained and only bought three skeins.
This is DW Toughie by Easy Knits, a 4 ply/fingering weight yarn. 80% Superwash Merino 20% Nylon, in the colourway Sully, as in Monsters Inc.
Here is some Exmoor sock yarn by John Arbon Textiles. A light 4 ply 85% Exmoor Blueface (Superwash treated) 15% Nylon, in the colour Peacock.
Finally, a lovely skein of laceweight Spangle from Artisan Yarns. 75% Merino, 20% Silk, 5% Stellina, in the colour Silvery Moon. It looks grey in the picture but it’s more of a mauve colour.
Aren’t they just beautiful colours? I haven’t a clue what I’ll be knitting yet. I’m still in mourning, so they’ll probably just sit in my stash, until I feel the time is right to introduce some colour to my wardrobe.
I left mid afternoon and after saying my goodbyes made my way home. Quite pooped, there was only one thing to do when I got indoors. Feet up and a hot mug of tea.