Yarn, as far as the eye can see

Yup, last weekend was the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and it was awesome!

This is my first trip to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, due to travel and/or finances in previous years. This year I could spare both the time and the money, and I’m very glad I did. It’s always a treat to see so much lovely yarn in the one place.

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I did a little research beforehand and made a rough plan. I wanted to check out a few specific dyers first, and then I was free to explore the rest of the offerings, although with the limit of the cash I had with me.

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I spent the first hour by myself, an efficient yarn buying machine, and then when I took a break for cake and caffeine, I ran into the Blasta crew. Once we were all sufficiently refreshed, Dearbhla and I hit the yarn once more. The second time around was much more fun. Partly because it was much less crowded as the day went on, and partly because these things are always so much more fun with a friend. Unfortunately for Dearbhla, I’m not the sensible friend to take yarn shopping, so I may have been partly responsible for the odd impulse buy on her part!

Overall the show was fantastic. There were plenty of indie dyers and smaller companies that stock more specialist yarn. Of course there was Dublin Dye, making their debut on the UK market.

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Also representing Ireland was some Hedgehog Fibres (apologies, I can’t remember which stall this was at).

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There was also a whole shop dedicated to Scandanavian and Nordic yarns, Midwinter Yarns, which stocked some lovely Gotland from Denmark and some yarn from Tampere, Finland that I had bought before on one of my adventures.

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There were just so many pretty things to look at!

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So what did I take home with me?

My first stop was Dye for Yarn, a German indie dyer. I have admired them from afar for a few years now. They do a lot of silk yarns and get some amazing deep, saturated colours. I picked up this lovely orange-red and a lush green called “Kiss me, I’m Irish”, which felt appropriate.

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Then it was off to Dublin Dye, to support the home team. There were so many tempting colours and smooshy yarns, but I finally settled on this yummy laceweight in Pewter and this very, very pink sock yarn.

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I also picked up some super soft fibre from Little Owl Crafts.

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My final, and non-yarn, purchase was my new best friend. (Ok, second best.) This is my new Yarn Pal. It holds your yarn and has ball bearing so it will rotate as you knit. I’ve been using it with a regular ball, but it looks like it will also be very handy for cones too.

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I could have spent much more, if I’d let myself, but I did pick up a few business cards along the way for future reference.

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All in all, it was a grand day out altogether, and I can’t wait to get to know all this lovely yarn better.

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