Yarndale 2013; a Festival of Woolly Delights!

Yarndale 2013For those of you who don’t know, Yarndale festival is a weekend event held in the lovely Yorkshire Dales town of Skipton, and is dedicated to everything knitted, crocheted, spun, dyed and felted.

When my friend asked if I wanted to go, I found it near-impossible to say no! Anything that involves wool and is hosted in a town whose name originates from the Old English for ‘sheep town’ has me hooked. I mean, if ‘Sheep Town’ isn’t the perfect place to hold a yarn-based festivalย then no-where else in the world is ever going to Yarndale 2013 buntingbe sufficient. Plus you got to follow this ‘Follow the Bunting’ sign – something that I thought only happened in my dreams!

Yarndale 2013 was held at Skipton Auction Mart – a huge building normally used for selling and trading cattle. I was expecting it to be a bit cow-y, but Yarndale was far from it. In fact, the atmosphere was perfect for the making-something-from-scratch theme that the festival has.

Yarndale 2013 lacemakersI was also pleasantly surprised to find that the stall-owners and demonstrators were fun, vibrant and very much passionate about their craft. I came away from the day with a very sore throat from all the chatting I’d done with everyone – who knew that spinning, lacemaking and felting were actually real-life things that real-life people did!

I even met a few alpacas and Angora rabbits. If they could speak I’m sure their stories would have been just as fascinating.

If you get the chance to attend Yarndale in the future then I 100% recommend that you go. Alongside the sore throat, I came away from the event with a fantastic wovenย picnic blanket (thriftily made from waste yarn over at Longwood Blankets!) and a knit-your-ownย Yarndale 2013 crochet blanketecologically-friendly dish cloth kit (from Catch-e-Monkey). I can’t wait to blog about these later on!

Did you go to Yarndale 2013? I’d love to hear about your experiences and purchases if you did. Now I’m just looking forward to Yarndale 2014; who knows, I may have a stall there myself one day!


20 thoughts on “Yarndale 2013; a Festival of Woolly Delights!

    • haha I believe that this is the first year they’ve held the festival! Maybe one day in the future you can bring Mrs and Baby Propst along and we can look at woolly blankets together ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. I’ll be looking out for this one next year. It seems here in Yorkshire, once the heart of the textile industry, we are so behind the south of the country in these sorts of events that we are all just crying out for!!


    • Yes I completely agree! It was lovely to see Skipton being recognised as the ‘home of wool’ for once! I’m sure they’ll host the event next year too – it was very busy this year if that’s anything to go by ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Yeah, same here! If only I was a bit taller I would’ve been able to see over everyone! We went fairly early on too so I can’t imagine how busy it must have been later in the day.


  2. I’ve hopped over from Facebook to read your lovely review.

    I was fascinated by the lace makers too. It looks so complicated and delicate but the way they explained it made me really want to try it, they were so enthusiastic.


  3. I so wish that I had of been able to go to Yarndale. I have been following the preparations on Lucy’s Attic24 blog. The photos that I am seeing are amazing. I can only imagine how colourful it looked in real life. ๐Ÿ™‚


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