The weather was overcast, and if I'm totally honest bloomin' freezing... But no matter..... We were indoors! With lots and lots of yarn, buttons, hooky things, more yarn, and even more lovely things we hadn't considered!
After getting very large coffees we entered the marketplace... There was a collective gasp of appreciation at what lay before us....
We saw some fabulous things.... Check out this beautiful crochet blanket? Maybe it's too beautiful to be used as a blanket (especially in a household where The Wilburbeast lives) maybe it's a wall hanging... Either way it's truly awe-inspiring!
Tucked away in a room bearing this sign:there were a lot of lovely people demonstrating their lovely crafts and skills. Emily spoke to a lovely lady who was spinning yarn using a drop spindle. Emily had a go and was given a piece of her very own spun yarn and a recommendation to seek out the drop spindle kits by Hilltop Cloud....
We dutifully sought out Hilltop Cloud, and met Katie... She was lovely and explained about learning to spin... She even convinced me to try it and I too came away with a Learn To Spin kit! Ems and I are getting together for a spinning evening - watch this space!
Also on our yarny meanderings around unravel we met the lovely Sparkleduck who introduced us to hand dyed baby camel yarn (always baby camel apparently because who wants to shear a fully grown one?!) and while I was tempted by baby camel I totally fell in love with the sea cell and silk mix in a gorgeous blue called Bluebell, shamelessly inspired by Sparkleduck's own display of lighter than air shawls and wraps... I feel a shawl coming on.....!
We also stumbled upon the easyknits stall.... Wow. Just wow. Lovely, colourful, beautiful yarns in wonderful Technicolour with names like Cocktails at Dusk, Goblin Bath and Frozen Heart... I'm amazed we only came away with one skein each.... Especially after the very nice gentleman, (whom I later learned was Jon Dunn-Ballam after perusing the easyknits website) on the stall was knitting on a circular needle and telling us all about his daschund who would be getting treats bought with some of the proceeds from the day's sales.
We swung by the "Best In Show" display.... Saw some fab illusion knitting, and a winning crochet vest by a 12 year old (crochet is not just for grannies!)
We wandered back through the demonstration area, and saw the winner of the Best In Show (Miss Crochet Vest) casually spinning yarn on a wheel!!! She's definitely cool.... I bet she does Art and Textiles at school when she's older!
Crummy hubby better think himself lucky that we do not have room for a wheel!
My beauteous bounty from unravel: