At the weekend, I went to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in the Drill Hall round the corner from where we used to live. It was a sort of trade show, and there were courses too (although they were all fully booked) and it was a social occasion for people working with wooly things or blogging about them seriously. That’s not me of course, I’m far too slow in my knitting output (and my photographing of my output – I do have two new things that are as yet unrecorded) and too magpie-like with my blogging themes to really fit in there (or any blogging/interest niche). But I did meet up with two friends I almost never see, and lots of ladies from the craft group were there, which was nice.
Anyway, it was mental busy, there was a (short) queue to get in! People standing in the rain to look at balls of wool, it did make me laugh! There was also a “20 minute” (translation: three quarters of an hour) wait for hot drinks at the peak coffee time of 11.30. But it was just nice for so many enthusiastic people to be there. The stalls were mainly people selling yarn, and a few dedicated pattern ones. You can see some of the lovely examples in the photos – I LOVE LOVE LOVE that rainbow baby jumper by tin can knits!
I went armed with a project in mind and this is the yarn I got. The two skeins on the right are from Yarn Pony, and Edinburgh based (!) hand dyed yarn company. They’re 50% Alapaca and 50% Merino, and it was the yellow I fell in love with. I love love love mustard yellow! The red one is 100% Merino from Ripple Yarns, who are based in the Highlands, also handdyed. I wasn’t even sure about getting, because I don’t need that much of it for the pattern, and it’s all uniformly red (though a very lovely red!), so you’re not really getting the visual benefit of it being handdyed, but of course you still have to pay for it. I was actually considering stopping off at John Lewis on the way home to get just a small ball of something, but then I thought what’s the point of going to an event like that if you’re not going to support your artisan yarn makers. I’ll just have to find a project to use all the rest of it!
And this is what I’m going to make: The yet to be named baby cardigan. The yellow will be the main colour, the stripes will be blue and the edging will be the red. I was dithering over whether I should make the six or twelve month size, but have decided on the latter, since I’m using sportweight and 3.25mm needles rather than the DK and 3.5 the pattern calls for.
It might take me a while to make but it will looks so good when it’s done!