I can hardly contain my excitement – two weeks to go until Yarndale, one of the biggest and most well-known wool shows in the UK. On 23rd and 24th September, Skipton’s Auction mart will be transformed into a woolly wonderland for yarn lovers. This will be the first time exhibiting here and I have to say that I am a bit nervous about setting up my display in a cattle stall!
During the weekend, more than 7,000 visitors are expected to flock to the picturesque market town, Skipton, to enjoy this festival of yarn. If you are coming along, please stop by and say hello!
Each year Yarndale creates stunning displays which have wowed visitors year after year. People all over the world are invited to join in via social media and over the past years the effect has been breath-taking. In 2015, they asked people to make crochet and knitted flowers and more than 5,000 were sent in, and over £1,000 was raised for the Alzheimers Society. In 2016, talented knitters and crocheters made over 700 Woolly Sheep, which were then auctioned off in aid of raising money for the local Children’s Hospice.
This year, they are aiming to create a beautiful display of crochet and knitted hearts. In recognition of the benefits, both emotionally and mentally, that can be gained by knitting and crocheting, they are hoping that the display will raise much needed awareness and funds for Mind, the mental health charity. On the Yarndale website there is information on how to get involved in the project and there are links to patterns.
I picked a crochet pattern by Nancy Drew Designs and made my heart in Woolly Chic Pembrokeshire DK yarn. I wonder if I will be able to spot it amongst all the others on display.