Roadtrip recap: Yarndale 2013

Today was the opening of the annual Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace - or Ally Pally as they say here. Coupled with a serious tidy up of the home office (and where my stash lives) I've been completely in a buzz this evening as the possibilities of projects abound!

Which meant I had no excuse not to share with you my photos from another yarn-y adventure on the road - Yarndale!

 A very welcoming entrance at Yarndale

 A very welcoming entrance at Yarndale

 

Yarndale happened the week after the Yarn Crawl so it was a welcome getaway to look forward to. Once again I was on my own as apparently it is just as complicated to go to Skipton for the day as it is to make one's way up to Cumbria for Woolfest for the day so people thought I was a little mad for even attempting to do it in a day. 

Not easily deterred, I headed off to Kings Cross Station in the wee hours and caught the 7am train north towards Leeds where I would transfer to Skipton. I knew Linda was heading up with Renee (another fab volunteer from the Yarn Crawl!) and as luck would have it we ended up on the same train. Fab knitting company, especially when we had a slight delay before getting into Leeds.

Eventually we made it though - and wow: 

 Can you believe this was Yarndale's first year? 

 Can you believe this was Yarndale's first year? 

HUGE. I mean, I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I'd heard that this was Yarndale's first year and boy, talk about knocking it out of the park! The place was packed, the vendors were wonderful and for the most part everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

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The organisers obviously leveraged their considerable contacts to pull together such a sizeable show. The path from the train station to the auction mart was well signed with yarn bombings of all colours and bunting, bunting, and more bunting! In fact, one of the organisers, Lucy of Attic 24 has written a great blog post on how the bunting came into being

 That's Renee on the left and Linda on the right - tree-hugging the yarn bomb bunting!

 That's Renee on the left and Linda on the right - tree-hugging the yarn bomb bunting!

 

After having had my yarn-y fill, I reconnected with Linda and Renee for a chance to decompress with a class of fizz and show off our purchases to one another before I was off on the train back to London.

 Cheers to a fab yarn-y day!

 Cheers to a fab yarn-y day!

Way to make the most of it! Let's hope the organisers decide to do this one again next year!