Edinburgh Yarn Festival

I can’t quite believe it’s already almost upon us but we’re busy getting ready for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this weekend. The first one was a resounding success, I think the only busier yarny events I’ve been to were Rhinebeck and Maryland, both long established much larger affairs. It was so busy that a few months later I ran into the lovely folks from Textile Garden and commented that I hadn’t seen them since Knit Nation, “but you were right opposite us at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival,” was the confused reply. Right opposite and yet for the entire day there were so many people between us that I didn’t see their stand! 

Two years on the festival is back with a new, larger venue so I hopefully won’t miss anyone. And although it promises to be both busy and exciting the organisers have done a great job of including space to knit, relax, catch your breathe and plan your next yarn purchases. 

If you need a little help deciding what to do with such an overwhelming array of yarns (seriously, go look at that vendor list) come and visit us at the Westknits & Ysolda booth. We’ll have lots of our books and patterns and you can see some of our samples in the yarn (including a few peeks at what’s coming up). Stephen and his business partner Malia are also bringing some limited edition goodies from their store in Amsterdam, Stephen and Penelope, including kits of exclusive Hedgehog Fibres yarns!

We also have an exciting special guest – Clara Parkes is dropping in to share her love of yarn and sign copies of her beautiful memoir The Yarn Whisperer. 

When we called the publisher to order copies of Clara’s book a case of Cirilia Rose’s new book Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads might have also ended up on its way. If you haven’t seen it yet you’ll understand why I felt so compelled when you do! 

Stephen and I will be in the booth most of the time when we aren’t teaching (me on Sunday morning and afternoon, him on Saturday afternoon) so come hang out anytime but to make sure you don’t miss getting a book signed here are times when we will absolutely definitely be there pen in hand! 

Stephen – noon

Ysolda – 1pm

Clara – 2pm

On both Saturday and Sunday!

Will we see you there? You can buy your tickets in advance here if you haven’t already done so And if don’t already have tickets and would like more pennies to spend on yarn I have a couple of weekend passes to give away! Just leave a comment saying what you’re hoping to find at the festival before Friday at noon and we’ll draw 2 winners and be in touch with how you can pick them up on Saturday morning! 

Tomorrow morning Felicity is coming to visit the studio so we can do a final run through of Saturday evening’s Ca-baa-ret  I never did find a top hat (or the time to knit one!) and I’m not entirely sure what pub quiz impressario actual means, but I do know what the quiz prizes, questions and challenges are though, and I know what a treat it is to hear Felix talk about her work and infectious enthusiasm for wool, so I’m sure it will be a fun evening!