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Needless to say I got a wee bit snap happy with my camera and even though many of the plants had just finished their flowering cycle there was still so much inspiration to be found. Instead of subjecting you to pages upon pages of leafy and flowery images I shall be adding my favourites to my Flickr pages and sharing the occasional post with you here. The first 'batch' I've sorted through are these gorgeous vibrant greens and amazing variety of pinks...
Sorry I can't tell you what any of these plants are, I got completely carried away and forgot to take note of any names. Ho-hum, I shall just have snaffle myself another sneaky afternoon without the wee man!
So far the pop-up shop has been a huge success for these two ladies and they are excited about the interest and enthusiasm for their work. If you haven't been to see them yet you can find them at the Whitespace gallery, Gayfield Square, until 6.30pm tonight. I highly recommend you do pop along if you can.
Visit Paper Aeroplane to find our more about Fiona's collection of cards, prints and stationery featuring her nostalgic hand-drawn illustrations and lettering.
Visit Ziggy Sawdust to find out more about Amy's collection of lovingly up cycled retro and vintage furniture as well as her bespoke service.
Old Maiden Aunt Yarns was another stall I didn't want to miss and a whole lot of other folks had the very same idea. I think it took me ten minutes to get in to see these beautiful yarns properly, Lilith's fabulous twinkly sock yarn seemed to be holding everyone up! Once I got in I had a great time rummaging through trunks full of delicious yarn (bottom left in the picture below). Her colours are equally as mesmerising as Debbie's are but to me Lilith seems to have more of an eye for beautiful vintage tones. Slightly more muted and earthy, but still very vibrant too... I wish I could have brought that whole trunk home with me!
Last but by no means least is Susan Crawford's stall full of the most beautiful vintage samples and colours you could possibly hope for! It was so inspiring to see someone so passionate about keeping vintage designs and aesthetics alive. I picked up Vol.2 of A Stitch In Time and have already booked marked a few things I'd like to try. There are some gorgeous Fair Isle patterns too but it's a technique I haven't practised for a very, very long time. It may take a while but I would love to knit the 'Wartime Farm Sleeveless Pullover' for myself... okay, a very, very long while!
All in all, the whole event was amazing. Much busier than the organisers expected but it definitely confirmed their suspicions that there is a huge market for this kind of event here in Scotland, so of course we're all eagerly awaiting the next one! I think I only spent around three hours there on the day, but came away totally energised and inspired by it all. It made me want to create and create and just keep on creating! It's also making me rethink a few things which in turn is helping me to generate lots of new ideas, not just for crochet makes but other avenues of creativity. It feels great!
Thank you so much Mica, Jo and Linda for your vision to create such a wonderful event here in Edinburgh and to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make it happen too. I shall see you at the next Edinburgh Yarn Festival!
I knew from the moment I arrived it was going to be good. There was a queue out the door with lots of ladies stood in the rain, quietly but excitedly nattering about their preferred yarny pastime and what they would head for once they got inside. I've never had to queue at any event at the Drill Hall before Saturday, none of the flea markets or craft fairs! That's when I knew the organisers Mica, Jo and Linda had created something quite special. Here's an overview in pictures (I took sooo many pictures!)...
There wasn't much crochet on show this time (I will have to right that next time!) but I was happy to marvel over all the stunning knitted lace shawls on display. Then there were the beautiful clothing samples at both Ysolda's and Susan Crawford's stall. Both making me want to pick up my knitting needles and get clicking again! The first project I have my eye on is the gorgeous Marin scarf pattern by Ysolda, she had a sample on her stall and it is utterly beautiful.
Oh, and I'll show you a much closer peek at four of my favourite stalls in part 2 a wee bit later today.