Festival Fun: Edinburgh Yarn Fest Recap
I was thrilled to be asked by Rachel if I would guest blog about my recent visit to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I’ve often had good intentions of putting a recap up on my own blog but tend to forget as I’m back to work so quickly after a yarn-y event.
But what a yarn-y show it was – and too fabulous not to share! If you’ve seen any of the excitement around #edinyarnfest or #eyf2015 on social media you’ll have seen that it was something truly special. Organisers Jo and Mica did a fabulous job and they were understandably chuffed and humbled by the response. (And they did say to watch their website for an announcement about next year, so keep your fingers crossed!).
There was a queue to get in the door first thing on Saturday morning but happily it was moving quickly. I had spotted more than a few knitters by their handknits on the bus to the Edinburgh Corn Exchange that morning.
There was also a lovely volunteer greeting the masses with a smile and laugh as we made our way through! She made these glasses, which were fantastic!
Once inside, the marketplace was positively heaving with people. While Sunday was a little less busy almost all of Saturday was like this:
Which made it a little difficult to get many good photos! I was disappointed to find that many of my photos came out blurry from being jostled with the camera but hopefully you can sense some of the frenzy!
A great thing about the EYF was the number of designers that also took part. Many were partnered with yarn companies, or there to teach a workshop, making the event even more inspirational.
One of the busiest stands was that of popular designers Ysolda and Stephen West. (That’s Ysolda bottom left in a new colourwork waistcoat design not yet available and there’s no missing the colourful Stephen on the right in his Exploration Station shawl and Amazing Technicolor Dream Sweater!). Hot knitting tip from Stephen for 2015: brioche stitch. I’ve definitely got to add this technique to my repertoire!
Showing off lots of inspiration was Pom Pom Quarterly – an amazing magazine if you don’t know about it. There are always both knit and crochet patterns, and usually a recipe and always thoughtful essays and articles too. I saw more than a few Tambourine Cardigans from the cover of the Spring 2015 issue at EYF – or knitters hunting for yarn for it – proving it to be a very popular pattern! Confession: I may be casting on for this next myself…
But what I think might have been the best thing about the Edinburgh Yarn Festival was how connected it felt. In spite of the show’s size there were plenty of spaces to sit and knit (and catch one’s breath!), or catch up over a cuppa with friends. Many meet-ups were happening in the Podcast Lounge or new friendships formed over knitterly chat in the cafes with a compliment on someone’s shawl or sweater. It was lovely to meet up with friends and knitters in person we might only know online through Ravelry and now those online connections will be that much stronger.