Unravel @ Farnham Maltings
For my first blog post I thought I'd jump straight in with a post about my trip to Unravel at Farnham Maltings this past weekend and write a little bit about all the amazing stands and yarn I saw (and purchased!) there, because who needs long introductions when you can talk about yarn instead!
It was my first visit to Unravel, and it didn't disappoint! After a difficult journey out of London, I was very much in need of some yarn squishing and some inspiration and that's exactly what I found. I was also cheered up the sight of Pom Pom Quarterly's stand and seeing my Right Angle jumper alongside of the other gorgeous samples from their latest issue!
Also on their stand were the first books from the Pom Pom Press; Take Heart by Fiona Alice and Interpretations by Joji Locatelli and Veera Valimaki. Beautifully made books full of beautiful patterns. And of course I got to chat to some of the lovely Pom Pom ladies too, such a pleasure!
Seeing amazing designers such as Rachel Coopey and Fiona Alice, amongst many others, with their own stands, promoting their work, meeting lovely knitters and looking like they were having a great time was really inspiring, something I would love to do in the future.
There were so many amazing amazing stands with such beautiful yarns that I really could have bought the lot but I had to be restrained and I tried very hard to only buy things I'd always wanted or that were completely new to me.
My first purchase was a planned one that I had been coveting for a while and fulfills my current obsession with linen.
100% Lithuanian Linen in Ice Grey from the lovely Midwinter Yarns. It's even more beautiful than the pictures show! Linen is such an interesting fibre to work with and it gives the most beautiful drape to the finished fabric.
I also bought some Vahva Pirkkalanka in Blush, described perfectly on on the Midwinter Yarns website as "the slightest wash of rose pink over a natural grey base". I can't resist an interesting grey!
Another stand that I really loved was the Triskelion Yarn and Fibre stand, full of interesting fibres and beautiful colours.
I couldn't resist buying a skein of Olwen DK in this beautifully delicate and pale silvery blue grey shade. Made from 100% Extra Fine Falklands Merino, Olwen is beautifully soft and I can't wait to start knitting with it!
My last purchase was some irresistible mini skeins from The Little Grey Sheep stand.
Planning to design some geometric fairisle accessories with these beauties!
So that's about all my bank balance would allow me to purchase. I had a great time at Unravel and I will definitely be back next year! Thanks for reading my first blog post, I hope you've enjoyed it and I'll be back with another very soon :)