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Last Friday Tracy and Kari-Helene drove to Skipton to attend new kid on the block amongst yarn shows – Yarndale! Held in an auction mart set in glorious surroundings in the Yorkshire Dales it had promise of mimicking successful shows such as Woolfest and Wonderwool. We had high hopes and we were certainly not disappointed!

We were staying with our friends Julie and Shaun of County Alpacas. They have a lovely farm on a hillside about an hour drive from the auction mart and kindly offered us to stay with them for the weekend.

The mart was decorated beautifully with knitted items all over the place. They had gathered bunting from all over the world and it created a really special atmosphere. The bunting above the information counter was truly spectacular!

When the show opened Saturday morning there was a queue outside and it very quickly got very busy inside too. At times it got very busy and reminded us of the corridors of Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching Show (yes, that one is coming up next week already! Where does the time go!).

Sunday was a little quieter. We hope this was not due to the social media messages going out about queuing and traffic issues. It was a show not to be missed so it would be a shame if people chose to stay away.

Kari-Helene had a chance to look around the hall on Sunday. Some of her favourite stalls were from Skipton Oxfam and a stall dedicated to telling the story of traditional Guernsey jumper. Both stalls were run on a voluntary basis out of love for the project they were representing. The Oxfam project is run by Mary, the manager of the Skipton store, who according to Caroline and Jennifer manning the stall at Yarndale is an extremely creative woman. They turn donated yarn into knitted items for sale and in the process add value to the donated yarn. What a brilliant idea. If you would like to donate yarn to the Oxfam project you can find there details here.  

We thoroughly enjoyed Yarndale and can only congratulate the organisers on a really successful first show. There were a few minor details that could have been better, such as catering and toilet facilities, but these are all easily sorted for next year! We’ll definitely be back! Can we put an order in for the same brilliant weather next year, please?

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