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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yorkshire & Yarndale

Yorkshire and  Yarndale seems like ages ago now but it's only about 3 weeks ago, I think. We had another great visit to Yorkshire. Last week we were able to stay for 5 days after Yarndale to explore Yorkshire. Unfortunately we weren't able to do that this time. But we did travel up a day early so we had the Friday to explore. This time we chose to stay in Bradford and I must admit I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I'd heard mixed things about Bradford from Yorkshire friends. But we loved Bradford. Our hotel was central but in a quiet area (well, quiet for a city anyway). It was a short walk into the City Park area and we loved the free city busy. We decided to visit the National Media Museum and could have easily spent all day there. I highly recommend it.  But we only had the morning free. 

For lunch we headed to the City Park and no, it's not flooded. That's the water feature.

After lunch we drove up to Skipton and accidentally chose the scenic route and it took us ages. Yarndale is held in an auction mart, basically a cattle market, so transforming it into a yarn boutique is a challenge. This is after we'd put up the wall coverings and had all our stuff dumped.

But transform it we did and I was happy with the result. 

We had our new Midnight Stole sample on display. My original sample was knitted i hand-dyed yarn and was much admired and I wondered if the new Moon Night sample would be as popular (by the way, there'll be Midnight Stole kits in the shop this week) and it was.

Our other feature shawl was Delphine which was also much admired.

We had a fabulous show! It seemed slightly quieter than last year but I think that was because the show was larger and better organised this year. Last year the organisers were taken by surprise by how many knitters turned up. They listened to stall holders and visitors and implemented some changes for this year.

Sales-wise, we did about the same as last year so it was a successful show for us. Join top with Woolfest!

Lucy of Attic 24 had appealed to her blog readers for crocheted mandalas and they made a colourful display at one end of the auction mart.

There were a lot of them:

If you came to our stall at Yarndale then thank you very much for your support. If you missed out then there's lots of yarn in the shop now.

1 comment:

Louise Tilbrook said...

Fabulous pictures. Couldn't make it this year but will be there next year.