It has been a busy few weeks. The week before last saw Stevan and I and the dogs heading south for Yarndale in Skipton, North Yorkshire. This was my third outing at Yarndale, and as usual it was well organised and well attended. This year I tried to remember to take some photographs:
Mid way through:
Under wraps for the first day:
And show ready!
Peggy and Lexie seemed to enjoy their mini holiday away, especially our stay at the Annandale Arms where they were treated with great respect!
We got home last Monday, and it was a very fast turnaround and before I knew it it was time to pack our Fiat Panda up again for Loch Ness Knit Fest:
This was the first year of Loch Ness Knit Fest and I’ll be the first to admit that it has not been without its issues. But what a wonderfully friendly event! It was held at Eden Court, the arts centre in Inverness. The event was aimed primarily at those who lived outwith Scotland, and it brought in folk from much of Scandanavia, France, Netherlands, and the USA, as well as a few Australians. It was the inaugural year of the event, and as always with a new event there is much to be learned but I’m confident many of the comments will be taken on board and the event will develop year on year.
I cannot deny that I thoroughly enjoyed the LNKF, despite its flaws. I didn’t get a chance to take part in any of the classes, and I have to admit that after the close of the market place each day I was simply too tired to take advantage of the evening events. But those who did only had positive reports about them.
The samples you can see hanging up on the right hand side were not mine, but those of Vithard Villumsen who shared a corner of the stand with me. He is a designer and textile artist from Denmark, and it was fun to have someone whose textiles focus was quite different to my own sharing the stand.
There isn’t much time for rest now I’m home from these two busy shows as the next one is on the 22nd October in Strathpeffer – the Highland Wool and Textile Fair. It will be my last big outing of the year, although you will be able to still find me at local “Made in Assynt” events up to the end of 2016.
I will be updating the website over the next few days, so you’ll start to see stock appearing soon.