I hadn't made any plans to visit Yarndale this year, Eleanor was moving to university on the Friday so Daniel and his girlfriend had arranged to come home on the Thursday evening so that they could look after Archie while we took her and we didn't know how long they'd be staying for. In the end, they decided to stay until Sunday evening and they told us they'd look after Archie again on the Saturday while we made the trip to Skipton to visit Yarndale. Even then, I wasn't feeling all that well on Saturday so it wasn't until late morning that we made the decision to go.
I know from experience how busy Yarndale is on the Saturday morning but having arrived in the afternoon, I thought things might have calmed down a little. How wrong I was. I've visited Yarndale on two previous occasions, both times on a Saturday, and I've never seen it as busy as it was this time.
To be honest, it took a lot of the pleasure out of it for me. As I said, I wasn't feeling 100% as it was, but to be pushed and shoved as I made my way around was rather uncomfortable to say the least. I really don't know where some people's manners were, they must have left them at home as they certainly didn't bring them with them. I've made a decision that if I ever go again, it will be on the Sunday. I've heard that things are much quieter than on the Saturday.
We didn't stay very long and there were many stalls this year that I just didn't get round to seeing, which is a real shame, I just didn't feel up to fighting my way through the crowds. One thing I did make a point of visiting though was the Yarndale Sock Line, organised by Christine from Winwick Mum blog. These socks will be gifted to people in need after the festival. I didn't take part this year but I was pleased to see that there were definitely more pairs of hand made socks donated this year than last.
I'm always drawn to the animals too, this year there were rabbits, alpacas, goats and sheep.
I didn't take many photos, it was just too busy to start getting my camera out all the time and certainly too busy to carry it around my neck with all the jostling going on.
I bought more this year than I've bought in previous years even though I wasn't there as long this time. First of all, six balls of Drops Alpaca Mix, two balls each in three lovely colours. This yarn is 100% alpaca and is beautifully soft. I also picked up two 100 gram balls of King Cole Moods in a lovely tweedy grey. It was just £2.50 per ball and contains 68% acrylic, 30% wool and 2% viscose.
I've been using a Knitpro Zing circular needle and I've got on with it really well so I thought I'd give their double pointed needles a go. Each size needle comes in a different colour. I usually use 2.5mm needles for sock knitting and I was thrilled to see that this size comes in red. I know, little things make me very happy.
I bought three skeins of sock yarn from Knitglobal, I love the names of their colourways, Harvest, Summer Berries and Marine. This is 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon.
My favourite purchase was this gorgeous dark grey yarn from Truly Hooked. Again, this is 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon and I think it's destined to become a shawl.
I'm drawn towards yarn with tweedy flecks in it at the moment. This is Sparkleduck Pebble in Duckwing colourway which is 85% superwash bluefaced Leicester and 15% Donegal nep.
I did buy a little snowman Christmas tree ornament too but I forgot to take a photo of him before squirreling him away until December. I saw a lovely button stall which I couldn't get near so I meant to go back before leaving but I forgot. Ah well, I don't think I really need any more buttons, it would have been nice to see what they'd got though.
I wonder if anyone else had the same experience of Yarndale as I did with the crowds or whether I was being a bit oversensitive as I wasn't feeling very well. Did you go to Yarndale and have you written a blog post about it? I'd love to know, I like to see what everyone else thought of the day and what they bought. Do please leave me a comment with a link to your blog.
Don't forget about the swap I'm running. The Twelve Days Of Christmas Swap 2016 Sign Up is still open if you fancy joining in, just leave a comment on that post and I'll add you to the list. It proved to be a very popular swap last year and it would be lovely to have more people joining in. It's a worldwide swap so it doesn't matter where you live, it's a great way to make new friends too.