Yarndale 2016

After having such a marvellous time at Yarndale last year – I was concerned that it might not live up to expectations…but I didn’t need to worry! It was so incredibly busy on the Saturday I barely moved away from my little sheep pen. I met so many lovely people – a HUGE thank you to everyone who came to say hello – it’s so nice to put faces to the names of people I meet via my blog and social media x

Yarndale was a great opportunity to introduce some new kits and patterns and we recruited some more Moody knitters for the knit-along next year (find out more here). I also had some new Triangle Hat kits which sold like hot cakes and my new Bobby Scarf, Hat & Mitts patterns (kits coming later this year).

I bid a very fond farewell to the last of my Winter Animals and Shuggie & Steve Sheep kits. The yarns used in these kits are now discontinued so I won’t be making any more – but if you have the yarn, you can still download Shuggie here and the Winter Animals here.

And obviously I needed to treat myself a bit as well! I wanted some nice new accessories so I bought some lovely Merchant & Mills scissors and a pincushion from Beyond Measure. The pincushion is great because it sits inside a wooden egg, thus covering the pins so that my cats don’t eat them (Splodge would anything!). I also got some beautiful wooden buttons from Textile Garden for my Jamie cardigan which was finished just in time for the show (blog coming soon)! And some very cute knitting earrings from Max’s World.

Another ENORMOUS thank you to Steph (aka Nettynot) for helping me out again. The shows are great fun but are also hard work, so having a friend to help, bounce ideas off and hang out with in the evenings makes it so much more enjoyable! Thanks Steph x

Steve Sheep

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Shuggie Sheep first shot to fame at Yarndale in Sept last year. He’s a squishy, cuddly sheep and the lovely people of Yarndale couldn’t resist him!

But fame comes at a price. And after seeing all the attention Shuggie was getting –  Steve the Black Sheep (Shuggie’s long lost cousin) has come out of the woodwork looking for his moment in the limelight.

You can probably tell from his startled expression above that this is worrying Shuggie greatly. But being such a lovely sheep – he’s taking it all in his stride and has agreed to let Steve come along to Woolfest with us this week!

We’re not going to give Steve the media attention he so desperately craves, so he won’t be available online – just as a limited edition knit kit at Woolfest (and Yarndale if we have any left!).

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See you at Woolfest! x

Yarndale 2015

Last weekend was the third annual Yarndale in Skipton – and my first solo show!

One of my favourite parts of working for Coats and Rowan, was helping at the consumer shows. Meeting other makers, talking about their projects and helping them choose yarn and fabrics is always fun! Since becoming self-employed, I’ve been lucky enough to still be asked by my friends at Coats to help out at the odd consumer show. So I’ll see you at Alexandra Palace for Knitting & Stitching show next week?!

I visited Yarndale last year as a customer and decided that it would be the perfect place to have a stand solo.

The small sheep pen was a perfect size for me and it was really exciting to do a little preview of my new book ‘The Knitted Nursery Collection’. The official launch date is January 2016, but I’m hoping to have some stock before then – so watch this space!

I had three different kits for sale: the Lazy Lace Cowl, Shuggie Sheep and the Dice Cowl (in two colourways). All of these kits will be available to buy from my online shop which will launch in mid-Oct (perfect Christmas presents)! Or if you prefer digital – you can find more information on my patterns page here.

I loved pulling all of my designs together in one place and working on the whole show, from planning the stand and preparing stock through to the fun bits of creating displays and meeting hoards of lovely knitters! I couldn’t have done any of it without my trusty sidekick Nettynot who helped me out for the weekend and also took the pictures above. Thanks Steph!

If you bought one of my kits or patterns at Yarndale – I would love to see pics of your finished knits!