I popped up to Edinburgh on Saturday as a belated birthday treat for myself for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016. Held at the Corn Exchange, it was a heaven for all things yarn. I’ve been to knitting and stitch shows before and I’ve often been disappointed by the bias towards sewing, while the Pins and Needles show I attended in Newcastle weirdly mostly papercraft based. Thankfully the Yarn Festival was all about the yarn!
I actually had a strategy this time. I went through my pattern books and picked out a few patterns I wanted to make. I made a list of what yarn I needed, as well as the details should I need to substitute any. While I did spend a fortune, knowing what I was looking for actually really helped rein me in!
There were so many stalls to choose from! Most of the stalls seemed to sell a range of hand-dyed self striping 4ply, which got a little monotonous after a while. Very few stalls sold anything thicker than DK, which was a shame as I was looking for some bulky yarn too. That said, a couple of stalls sold knitting-related jewellery, another one sold the accoutrements for making slippers (so handy to have a pre-made sole!) while another stall sold felted goods. If I was any good at spinning I might have bought a drop spindle!
Some of the stalls accepted credit cards, which was helpful given the prices! I was also pleased to see the effort that some stalls were actually going to. Fig Tree yarns gave me a pencil in my bag, while Purlescence gave me a free tote bag! It makes all the difference.
The Stephen & Penelope Fine Yarns stall also gave me a free pattern book with my purchase which I’m going to dip into once my current works in progress are finished…
…who am I kidding? I’ll be straight into that one!
I went on my own so I did start to get a little lonely after a while, and once I’d spent as much as I wanted to, I felt I didn’t really have a lot to do. There wasn’t really a seating area, and once I’d wandered around all of the stalls about eight times I felt I’d seen enough and it was time to head back into Edinburgh, where I stopped for cake and lemonade at the Scottish National Gallery. The show could have done with a ‘relaxing’ area – maybe somewhere to sit and knit while enjoying a coffee?
But what did I actually buy?!
Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn
I got this gorgeous dark green and blue 4ply skein from the Stephen & Penelope Fine Yarns stall for £21. I’m going to knit the Faerly shawlette with it, the pattern for which I bought from the Tall Yarns stall for £4.
Wee County Yarns Pick n Mix!
This is a pick n mix I can get behind! The Wee County Yarns stall had a big basket of 10g balls, with an offer of five for £6.
I chose this pre-picked 5-pack and I’m going to attempt this hat with them, so wish me luck on that one!
The Fibre Company DK yarn
I got these two skeins of Acadia yarn by the Fibre Company from Fig Tree Yarns to make the Bellisfaire Beanie from the Crochet One-Skein Wonders book. At £12 each they were possibly pricier than I would have liked but they are silk, alpaca and merino. And just look at that colour!
Six mini skeins
Sadly I can’t remember the name of the stall, but I bought these six mini skeins for just £5. Apparently they contain 18-20 yards each, so I figure that gives me a 108-120 yards of 4ply, which should be enough for a pair of handwarmers! Aren’t they cute?!
Sweet Georgia Tough Love sock yarn
I got this beauty from Purlescence for £19. My plan is pretty much to do the Faerly shawl with it, but I do have a couple of other shawlette patterns that might be equally nice!
Knit Global Sock Yarn in Cranberries
I don’t know the name of this stall, but they were selling skeins of this Knit Global 4ply for just £4! I needed three skeins of Fyberspates to make the Bette top from Knit Vintage, and there’s more yardage to these skeins so it’s worked out a lot cheaper buying three skeins for £12, instead of one skein of Fyberspates for £16!