Hi there, I actually can’t believe that it’s been three weeks since I visited the beautiful Emerald Isle for another crafty adventure. This time I was in Northern Ireland for Yarnfolk: Festival of Wool, an exciting new show. It was a great excuse to head over for a long weekend and meet some of the best yarnies that Ireland (and some from the UK) have to offer.
We arrived Friday grabbed our hire car (little smart car) and headed off to Carrickfergus, having checked into our hotel we headed off to explore Whitehead where Yarnfolk was being held so we could suss out where to go!!
Parking up we headed towards Blackhead Lighthouse in Whitehead, knowing that there were some very steep steps we weren’t planning on going all the way but just below the ascent up towards the light we found the perfect spot for some quiet reflection looking out over the sea.
The following day we headed back into Whitehead, with a budget in mind, shopping bags to hand, firstly we pottered along the sea front to look at the wonderfully coloured houses and headed off towards the show. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t rather excited, I love squishy yarn and meeting fantastic dyers, my poor friend was already ready with the tranquilliser if I got too much and her face was a picture when she’d seen I had brought Ewenicorn!!
Heading round the show the atmosphere was fab, set over several locations allowed for a steady stream of people, but not a crush like you get on New Year’s Day when the Next sale starts! The first two stalls we headed to were Dyecandy and Ewemomma, this was Lindsay’s first show exhibiting. I’m a huge (cue the gushing) fan of Lindsay’s, so to actually meet her and see a large selection of her yarn was just brilliant!!
With my budget slightly straining the next stall was Ewemomma, I’ve been a follower of Tracy’s on instagram for a while now so again to meet her in person was great and to seeing a vast array of yarns & notions meant that my budget was truly in trouble.
Mooching through the other venues each set out with plenty of space to take our time to look and chat without feeling you needed to sharpen your elbows to get a look in or that you were keeping people waiting whilst chatting to the dyers. Cue another small indiscretion at Townhouse Yarns.
Reeling it in my co-conspirator and I headed off for some cake and tea, I gave myself a budget talking to and dutifully ignored it as I headed over to Unbelivawool and Skeinqueen!
After another potter about and drooling we were pretty much done in! Not before a final bye from Lindsay!!
Heading back off to the car, the heavens opened just to remind us that it’s Summer time and not to get too excited!!
I have to say this show is definitely worth heading over for, if not just for the yarn and people, just look at the beautiful landscape! Fingers crossed for next year!!