Yarndale is a brand-new fiber festival, held in Skipton, Yorkshire, in the UK. A tiny market town, charming as one could hope for, Skipton was overwhelmed by the arrival of The Knitters as we clogged their roadways and filled their pubs after the show was over. This first show, launched by a team of seven clever women, was an unqualified success, with vendors reporting stellar sales, especially on the first day. New-event hiccups like running out of parking spaces and half-hour lineups for the loo were solved by the 2nd day, as the organizers rejigged the parking plan, and brought in lots of portable toilets.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the event, the variety of the vendors and public response. It was a joyful place to be. Here, a selection of pictures from the weekend.

Signs in the charity shops in town announce the event

Signs in the charity shops in town announce the event

6,212 crocheted bunting triangles welcome and overwhelm us!

Read more about this incredible bunting project here.

Tea cosy competition entries

Tea cosy competition entries

And now, the wares for sale...

And now, the wares for sale…

Kits from Purl & Jane

Kits from Purl & Jane

Gorgeous crochet from The Natural Dye Studio

Gorgeous crochet from The Natural Dye Studio

Wow.

Wow.

Natural Dye Studio yarn

Natural Dye Studio yarn

Eeee!

Eeee!

Ann Kingstone in her fab bunny fair isle design

Ann Kingstone in her fab bunny fair isle design

baa ram ewe's Knitty Narnia booth!

baa ram ewe’s Knitty Narnia booth! Enter through the wardrobe….

One of the baa ram ewe Knitty tribute patterns knit in their Titus yarn!

One of the baa ram ewe Knitty tribute patterns knit in their Titus yarn!

Lots of yummy Titus

Lots of yummy Titus

Need. Break?

Need a break?

The lineup to meet the legendary Lucy of the Attic24 blog never ended all weekend

The lineup to meet the legendary Lucy of the Attic24 blog never ended all weekend

Lucy's legendary crocheted handiwork

Lucy’s legendary crocheted handiwork

Yum.

Yum.

Yes, that's a brass band (a great one) in a sheep pen.

Yes, that’s a brass band (a great one) in a sheep pen.

So much more, but hopefully you get the idea. An event on a scale with Rhinebeck’s legendary Sheep & Wool Festival, in terms of quality and variety (and one can only hope it will grow to Rhinebeck’s size as years go on). Worth a visit? An unqualified yes from me.

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2 Responses to Yarndale in pictures

  1. Jen says:

    I love Skipton! My family has friends there, and I will definitely be adding this to my “bucket list” of yarn things I must do.

  2. Lisa says:

    The Bunny Isle ties with hedgehogs for the cutest thing I’ve seen on the yoke of a sweater.

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