It has been over a week now since Woolly Chic exhibited at Yarndale 2018 in Skipton, Yorkshire, the boxes are finally unpacked and the website updated. I thought I would write this blog post to reflect on how wonderful Yarndale was. It was so great to meet such lovely talented and enthusiastic knitters and crocheters. Thank you to everyone who visited my stall.
My Sheep tea cosies felt very at home in the middle of Skipton Auction Market, as we set up the Woolly Chic stall in a sheep pen!
There is so much to love about Yarndale, from the high standard of exhibitors selling beautiful yarn and showcasing their gorgeous designs to the stunning creative community displays of bunting, mandalas and this year, butterflies and poppies. The Yarndale organisers announced that butterflies would be this year’s theme and asked for people around the world to contribute by grabbing their crochet hooks and knitting needles to make a butterfly (or a Kaleidoscope of Butterflies) for the charity Pioneer Projects. Now some years ago I had crocheted lots of butterflies to hang in St Mary’s Churchyard in Hitchin as part of a Yarnbombing art installation, so I was happy to donate 50 of them for this fantastic project. I had no idea how the butterflies would be displayed and was taken aback to how stunning the collection of beautiful butterflies looked all laid out on the tables in a fluttery swarm. When I spotted one of my butterflies stuck on to the board on the right with my name underneath I felt so proud to have been part of this community project.
This year I had a double pen to display all my Woolly Chic wool, fairtrade cotton and knitting and crochet kits, which really helped when the crowds of people came through the doors and past all the stalls. It was great to chat to people about the fairtrade organic cotton that I sell and my new cotton crochet baby cardigan kit proved to be really popular. The knitted rabbit kits were the best seller of the weekend though, with people falling in love with these cute bunnies.
I have to thank my lovely Mum and Dad who came with me to Skipton and helped set up (and then pack up) my stall and kept me supplied with cups of tea and sandwiches! I am now really looking forward to next year!