The Edinburgh Yarn Festival

March 24 2017 – thisisknit

The knitting internet has been abuzz with reports from the Edinburgh Yarn Festival these past two weeks. You may well already have read about the amazing atmosphere, the inspiring classes and the wonderful products on offer.  But we just had to add our own voices to the chiming chorus of praise for a truly spectacular event and, of course, to let you all know a little bit about some exciting new things that will be coming to TIK as a result of our research trip! Jenny overwhelmed by pretty yarn at EYF While we took lots of photos of the stands and pretty knits, this one of Jenny seems to sum up the weekend the best... Walking in to the marketplace on Friday was literally a jaw dropping experience. It's difficult to describe in words the impact of so many beautiful yarns in one place, alongside the buzz of the (massive) crowds of knitters and the energy of the many enthusiastic stallholders. Self Striping Sock Yarn at EYF We dove right in to the melee and spent a wonderful afternoon immersed in colour, texture and creativity.  Frequently our eyes were caught by a stunning garment or accessory passing by. Many hardy knitters disregarded the rising heat levels among the crowds and continued to proudly display their wares. My own Cameo was packed away after the first hour, but those wonderful knitters have placed "Breathing Space", "Enchanted Mesa", "Epistrophy" firmly at the top of my queue. This gorgeous Carpino also made me delighted about my choice of project for our Spring KAL! Carol Feller at EYF Speaking of Carpino, Carol Feller was just one of the many familiar faces we spotted. She was at EYF to exhibit her own exclusive yarn line, called "Nua".  If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet then pop on in to the shop for a peek when you can!  We also got the chance to catch up with some of our previous guest tutors, including Woolly Wormhead and Justnya Lorkowska. Justnya will be back at TIK this coming July (details very soon) and we're hoping to nab Woolly for a return trip to Dublin later in the year too. Lisa wearing Tsumuzikaze at The Fibre Co stand at EYF So back to the pretties then. If you've been following our social media these last few days you will know we have already had a delivery of yarns from The Fibre Co. Their stand was really special, filled with truly stunning yarns, fresh flowers and fabulous samples. Among them was Tsumuzikaze, which I had been eyeing since it's release and just had to try on. It is wrong to order a whole line of yarn based on a love for one project? If so, I don't want to be right... ;) Tilly Flop cards at EYF Keep an eye out for more fabulous new lines coming to our shelves in the coming months, and not just yarns either. How about these quirky cards from Tilly Flop? Top picks from her range for me were: "Casting on Means You Believe in Tomorrow" and "Congratulations on your new yarn storage facility home".   These will be in stock very soon, so you'll be sorted the next time there's a special occasion for the other knitters in your life. Spin City Drop Spindles displayed in tea pots at EYF Beyond the research and the networking, EYF was also a really fun weekend away. Edinburgh is a stunning city, and somewhere I'd very much like to go back and explore further some day.  There was knitting, prosecco, dancing, selfies, silliness and lots and lots of wonderful people under one roof. Thanks to Jo and Mica for making it all possible, and congratulations to you both on an absolutely stellar event. Postcard style collage of snap shots from Edinburgh Yarn Festival EYF Photobooth with Yvonne of Dublin Dye Company, Kersti of Knitmastery and Lisa and Jenny from This is Knit  

Tagged: Carol Feller, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, EYF, Fibre Co, Justyna Lorkowska, The Fibre Co, tilly flop, woolly wormhead


  • thisisknit: September 16, 2020

    Oh there were just familiar faces everywhere! It was a wonderful meeting of like-minded makers :) Sorry I missed you too – the weekend just whizzed by so fast!

  • Áine O'Beirne: September 16, 2020

    The photo with Jenny at the top really does say it all! Just give me that entire shelving unit of yarn! The colours of yarn in the top cubby are amazing! I love every one of them! (I have a thing for vintage pinks) I also love the blue (another of my favourite colours) shawl with pink border. Just stunning!

  • thisisknit: September 16, 2020

    Thanks for commenting Áine :)

    There really was so much inspiration everywhere we looked! My head hasn’t stopped spinning with ideas since…

  • Eimear - inkedandcrafty: September 16, 2020

    haha, I see myself and my sister make a cameo in the background of one of the photos, jasus that’s not a flattering view, haha. Great to bump into Jenny and sorry I missed you Lisa. It sure was a fun weekend!

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