We arrived at Yarndale about 9:30 on the Saturday morning 27th September - the first day of the show. We were parked at the back so I didn't get to see or photograph any of what was at the front of the building. There was already quite a queue waiting to get into the show so we joined the end. It was nice to see how many people had chosen to wear something that they'd made. Mostly scarves, cowls and shawls. I spotted someone behind me in the queue knitting away and wished I'd brought something with me to work on. The show didn't open until 10 so we had a bit of a wait until we got in. While waiting the Yarndale bus arrived - with more people to add to the queue!
When you pay your entrance fee you get a stamp on your hand so you can leave the show and come back again on the same day.
There were lots of visitors milling about so it was quite difficult to see everything. I wasn't really wanting to look at anything in much detail but just to get the general feel of the whole show and see round it all.
There were quite a few stands with spinning wheels and people demonstrating how they work. This is something I really want to try but I never seem to have time.
These gorgeous angora rabbits were at the show along with yarn spun from their hair. The husband wants to keep some - yet another plan for the future!
There were alpacas too. Ooops! Where did they go?
Ah! There they are.
Of course there was lots and lots and lots of yarn - mostly wool - in all colours imaginable.
And lots of colourful makes too.
I spotted some really incredible things made with wool.
There was also a display of lace and lace making. I didn't give it a go this time (with the bobbins) as I tried previously at Farfield Mill. These two items are both made of lace; incredible!
I realise now that I didn't really take an awful lots of pictures. I managed to get a (very out of focus!) snap of Lucy from Attic24 blog.
Last year I was an exhibitor at the show and my stand was next to the Biteabout Arts stand. Anna makes beautiful felted wool creations and has also started working with willow, making some amazing sculptures. It was lovely to meet up with Anna and Richard again.
The time flew in and we had to leave to continue with our journey. About two hours later I suddenly realised that I had completely forgotten to take a picture of me wearing the Yarndale skirt! Even though some people had commented on it and admired it! Fortunately we had planned to stop at Chesters by the River at Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside in the Lake District. If we're anywhere near this place we stop to have coffee and scones/cake (and sometimes scones and cake!). While here I was able to get a couple of pictures of me wearing the Yarndale skirt. Obviously I need to skip the scones and/or cake in future!!
We had a good time at the Yarndale show and I'm sure we'll go back again some time. Maybe even as an exhibitor again. If you were there then I'm sure you enjoyed it too.
Hopefully, once I get the post holiday mess cleared up, I'll get a chance to tell you about the rest of our holiday and what I made while I was away. I especially want to get back to reading and commenting on everyone else's blogs. I hope I haven't missed too much!
Good to be back.