Goodness me, it’s taken a lot of relaxation to recover from the weekend, and I wasn’t a vendor! This does mean I’ve had lots of time to squish my new stash….
I went prepared for treating myself to one skein. Yup, one single, lonely skein. I knew there were lots I wanted to look at, but I wanted to be sensible as quite frankly, I don’t need anymore yarn. And on Friday I did indeed buy my one little skein, and felt very happy that I’d got the colourway I’d been eyeing up for a while.
And then Saturday morning my husband was clearly feeling very generous as he transferred me some extra money which meant I came home with more than just one skein. Yay for skein friends!
I’d seen little Harris Tweed remnant pouches on Instagram a couple of times (I think it may have been Rachel Atkinson‘s feed), and thought to myself how beautiful they were but never really looked any further into them. So to stumble across the lovely Woollenflower really was a treat! I mooched through the different fabrics, before settling on a green and blue pouch, because I liked the colours and the fabric reminded me of Moquette fabric which you will find on bus and train seats. (I may have a small moquette obsession). Imagine my delight when Jules told me that the fabric had been reclaimed from the seats of a campervan; this was probably as close to moquette that I could afford, and the deal was done.
I apologise for the image being somewhat over-exposed, but I really wanted to show off the different colours. I also picked up my beautiful Knitter badge by truebritknits from Wild and Woolly. Since Belinda of truebritknits passed away last year, I don’t know how readily available these badges are anymore, so I felt lucky to pick up the last yellow one.
You want to see the yarn really don’t you?
I wanted to get yarn that I wouldn’t normally buy, or couldn’t buy easily. So the first skein I picked up on the Friday was one of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles. It feels like Hedgehog have been megablasted to woolly fame thanks to The Amazing Mr Stephen West, and I can see why he uses them (#specklesaresohotrightnow). I’ve had a look at the Hedghehog and Stephen & Penelope websites when there’s been updates, and the colour that really caught my eye was Budgie because it actually looks like a budgie has been splattered all over the yarn. I had a budgie this colour when I was young, and I think that’s another reason why it struck a chord with me.I’d not really heard of La Bien Aimée before, although I have a feeling they might be another independent dyer that Stephen West had been using. But I was really captured by a fabulous colour called Blurple, which literally was bluey-purple. For whatever reason, green has always been my favourite colour, and I’ve been trying to get some green yarn to match my fountain pen since I bought it in Autumn last year. And as my eyes wandered over the La Bien Aimée stall, I found The Green, and true to it’s name, it’s lush!
Both skeins are 4ply 100% merino singles, and there’s 366m/400yd per 100g. I’m not sure whether to combine them or to use them separately yet. I’ll have to have a mooch through my stash…
And finally….Oh my, this yarn is incredible.
It’s Daughter of a Shepherd by Rachel Atkinson.
This needs a blog post of its own, because there is a whole story behind it and the yarn itself has SO much character. I couldn’t capture the dark chocolate colour of this beautiful yarn, but I shall keep trying. It’s a DK weight yarn, slightly on the generous side with 233m/255yd per 100g and every single molecule of it is British. I don’t want to use it on its own, I’d rather pair it up with another British yarn in a grey/natural colour to highlight the complexity of the colour of Daughter of a Shepherd. But I definitely need to wind it and knit it up and block it, and then I’ll tell you all about it.
So that’s my little lot from Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Let me know what you picked up, or if you’ve got any pattern ideas for the yarns I’ve bought then let me know!