It's not going to be too hard for you to guess what I've been up to this weekend is it?
Yep, I went and had a fun filled time at Yarndale!
My sister and I have been planning and looking forward to this trip for a while, along with plenty of others from the blogging and IG community, so we were pretty excited come Friday when it was time to get ready for the off. We did have a few last minute problems though, like suddenly finding out we had no hotel to stay at! I was beginning to fear it wasn't going to happen at all, but after some fraut telephone negotiations I managed to get a different hotel booked and the trip was saved. Phew!
I'm so glad it was, because despite the arduous 6 hour trip up the builders yard's that is the M1 at the moment, we made it to Yorkshire in one piece and it was fab.
There was a wonderful atmosphere about the place and you get right into the spirit of the event straight away with pretty crocheted Yarndale signs and yarn decorated trees. Then, once you are inside, you are greeted by the famous great swathes of bunting, which looks just amazing. If you walk through the bunting and onward into the main space you can turn around and look at the wall of mandalas decorating the walkway above too.
As you'll probably know, Yarndale is held at Skipton Aution Mart and although it would normally be a most bizarre location for an exhibition, for this wooly wonderland it works brilliantly. If you haven't been, let me see if I can give you a picture. Imagine a huge farm barn, warehouse sized, filled with rows and rows of metal animal pens, the kind that are usually filled with straw and contain pigs or sheep or some such. Now imagine that you removed the animals and the straw, cleaned the place nicely and then re-filled the animal pens with lovely stall-holders selling a myrid of yarn and yarny related delights. That's Yarndale!
In the center of it all is a enclosed area which I think is usually used as a auction area, but is repurposed for this weekend as the Knit and Knatter Lounge, resplendent with one completely wonderful crochet superstar, Lucy of Attic24 fame. I wandered in to see if I could catch a glimpse only to realise I was practically standing right next to her. My sister told me off for behaving like a ditsy fan-girl and I admit I was a bit excited! I must have been a little star struck because I didn't pluck up the courage to speak to Lucy, although I'm sort of kicking myself about it now, I let my shyness get the better of me.
Anyway, after we had seen everything, at least twice, we went back to our hotel, tired, hungry, spent out, but very happy. It was a good weekend.
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