Once Mr Purple Sprouting and myself had caught our breath and adjusted to the sheer volume of people and noise level within the Auction Mart, the venue for Yarndale 2017 we set out to explore everything that was on offer.
One of the first stalls we stopped at was Home Farm Wensleydales, where we chatted with Jayne who together with her husband Steve, rears Wensleydale and Bluefaced Leicester sheep, along with numerous other animals. Jayne and Steve purchased Home Farm in 2006 and restored it to its' former glory. The two skeins on the left are a 4ply Wensleydale and BFL blend. The skein on the right is 4ply pure Wensleydale.
The next item to catch my eye was a ceramic yarn bowl by Emily Cross covered in hot air balloons which reminded me of my home in Hamilton which has an annual hot air balloon festival. The balloons themselves have been gilded with gold which catches the light and just makes me smile. Initially I walked away wondering how on earth it would survive the journey home to Hamilton but it just kept calling my name and Mr Purple Sprouting said we'd find a way to get it home!
Purple! That's the only way to describe my next purchase from Juniper Moon Farm. I had never heard of them before but their Herriot 100% alpaca wool is to die for! It's soft, squishy and even darker in real life than the photo shows.
Next up, Mothy and the Squid. One of my favourite indie dyers where I bought the lovely Sparkly Firefly Squid yarn, 75% merino, 20% nylon, 5% stellina yarn so hopefully she won't mind me using this image that was on her website.
I couldn't resist the 20g mini-skein of Summer Meadow, 4ply sock weight yarn.
Moving on we came across The Knitting Goddess where I could have spent a small fortune. In the end I settled on a pack of mini-skein pack (12 x 10g) of 75% BFL, 25% nylon, a pattern book and a project bag. All the wool is sourced from UK flocks and processed and spun in Yorkshire.
The project bag was made in India in a Fair Trade Factory and screen printed in Harrogate with eco friendly water based ink.
We stopped for a bite to eat in the sales area of the auction mart, along with lots of other yarn lovers, where there was a definite smell of eau to manure in the air we moved onto the main entrance area where I purchased the obligatory Yarndale 2018 bag, calendar, pen and coin ring. The postcards were a freebie with the bag.
I couldn't resist this next buy, a project bag from Watercolours and Lace. It combined my love of the colour purple with my love of cats. Need I say more!
My final purchase of the day was the 'On The Hook' crochet pattern book by Verity Castledine with stunning photography by Meyrick Harris. I'm looking forward to trying the patterns and expanding my crochet knowledge as I don't tend to make many adult garments.
Hopefully I'll be able to visit again, one day.