Unravel recovery and recap

This is my second attempt at this post so I can't promise that it will be as good as what I'd written before. Chalk it up to working on an iPad while on holiday and getting used to a new blogging app. Sigh - sorry folks. 

  Rachel - aka the lovely Porpoise - helped me man the booth all weekend. And see, the blanket did get finished in the end!

 Rachel - aka the lovely Porpoise - helped me man the booth all weekend. And see, the blanket did get finished in the end!

But ah yes, Unravel. Two-plus weeks is a long time to recover from a show although in my defense that first week Mr. H was still on half-term break so we spent time hanging out with friends and working on a crafty school project (more on that another day). Then I was busy getting ready for the super fun open day at Purlescence (DEFINITELY more to talk about on another day), prepping for my parent's visit (hello five pages typed cheat sheets with Harrison's schedule and extra-curricular activities), and packing for my trip to Japan (my travel project is all Noro, of course).

  My only non-booth photo - this gorgeous Icelandic lopi sweater where the colourwork motif reminded me of little Canadian flags all the way across.

 My only non-booth photo - this gorgeous Icelandic lopi sweater where the colourwork motif reminded me of little Canadian flags all the way across.

Unravel was a crazy and wonderful as I was expecting my first show to be. In fact, it was so insane, I barely got a chance to make a loop on the Sunday to check out other vendors' wares, and the only photos I managed to snap were of happy SweetGeorgia customers excitedly clutching their new yarns!

  Gilly was excited to find some SweetGeorgia in her favourite shade of tourquoise...

 Gilly was excited to find some SweetGeorgia in her favourite shade of tourquoise...

Lucky for me, there were plenty of folks who blogged or video-ed about the event, or reported on it via podcast, so I'm able to share a few of my favourites: 

  It was a busy weekend for Rachel, who also managed to finish her Georgia cardigan knit in the SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Fine. Isn't Mist a glorious colourway?

 It was a busy weekend for Rachel, who also managed to finish her Georgia cardigan knit in the SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Fine. Isn't Mist a glorious colourway?

Proving she's super-human once again - Rachel had a blog recap of the event up and ready to go almost immediately following Unravel. Even though we spent practically the whole weekend together, it was neat to see the show from Rachel's perspective as my co-conspirator in the SweetGeorgia booth.

Gilly of the awesome electric blue hair above returned to her blogging ways with a photo essay recap of Unravel which showed off many of the wonderful stalls on offer. Note to self: avoid wearing trousers in a colour that clash horribly with the SweetGeorgia banner in our booth.

 Plutonimum Muffins' Corrie Berry visited Unravel with pal from Loop's knit night and her post captures some of my favourite vendors that I've seen at various yarn shows in the UK so I feel like I was almost along for the ride! She's got great photos too.

A short, yet sweet (okay in her words, cheesy) video of her trip to Unravel was captured by Kerry Wallis. There a couple of shots of the Great Hall that show just how packed the event was, and the crocheted colours squares blanket even made the final cut!

Finally new friend, blogger, podcaster and general all-round social media guru Kate had so much fun podcasting about this year's event that she did it twice! You can find Part 1 and Part 2 (which mentions SweetGeorgia) on her website, A Playful Day.

I hope you enjoy these bloggers' recaps as much as I did. Won't you let them know by leaving a comment for them? Thanks!

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!