Thank you to everyone who came to see us at Yarndale. It was such an amazing wool show! It was my first time exhibiting there and I had not imagined how extremely busy it would be. The whole event had an incredible atmosphere, with so many excited visitors and an overwhelming number of talented craftspeople and designers!
I drove up on the Friday, picking my Mum up on the way and also stopping off at Paintbox Textiles to collect some more wool that they had dyed a beautiful dusky pink colour. Setting up was a challenge in the Skipton agricultural market, but I was really pleased how my stall looked, transforming the little sheep pen into a mini Pop-Up wool shop.
I had worked really hard in the weeks before Yarndale to design a new kit – my Learn to Crochet Mandalas kit – ready for the show and was so happy with the feedback from people who stopped by my stand. The kit includes everything you need to crochet a beautiful mandala, which you can then sew onto the specially designed tote bag.
I had had the idea of running a competition throughout the weekend, to make a Yarndale festival mandala to giveaway at the end of the weekend. However, the Saturday was so busy that it was impossible to find time to crochet (not a bad thing!), so I started one on Sunday and finished it at home! The lucky winner I picked out at random from all those that signed up to my mailing list is: – drum roll please… Dianne Castree.
It has taken me a whole week to unpack and recover from Yarndale, but now I am looking forward to Festiwool, my next wool show in just over 5 weeks time.