Edinburgh Yarn Festival – it did really happen, right?

Well, what can I say?
Last Saturday saw the first Edinburgh Yarn Festival and I think we can call it a success. Linda, Jo and I spent a lot of time organising the event in the past weeks and months and we were rewarded with loads of smiling, happy faces. We will post more about our experience on our website in the next couple of days, so keep an eye on that. We must be the last people to write about it!

Apart from having the responsibility (and fun!) organising the EYF, I also participated as a stallholder. Taking part in this event was a fantastic experience for me with my Yarn Pony hat on and I’m delighted with the feedback I received on my yarns.
I set off on Saturday morning with 1 1/2 car loads full of yarn and came back with one box!

Team Yarn Pony had everything set up well before the doors opened at 10am, and then they came. Seeing the wave of happy, smiling faces roll towards us was amazing. We were busy all day and just about managed to get a cup of tea and a pastry.
Big, big credit for the success of my stall has to be given to Fiona, Verena and Nicola of “Team Yarn Pony”. You girls rock!

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Yarn Pony in action…
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Still, I had a little time to greet friends, just after the doors opened
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Below are Jo and Linda fighting over the left-overs
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Loads of people have blogged about EYF and some even have some nice images of my yarn…an extra special thank your to Katherine for all her pictures!


Roobeedoo

CreatingRuth
WoollieMind
Kristenmakes
Oranges&Apples
YarnForTheRoad
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BlueBlueGrey
Chatiryworld
YarnPoetryBliss
StitchMastery
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Loads of people have asked me for my online store, which I don’t have as yet. If you would like to know when my yarn will be available, or where/when you can buy it locally, or if you are interested in a dyeing workshop, get in touch via the form below!

I also have a Ravelry group you can join!

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Next Saturday: St.Abbs again!

Even though I’ve been very busy with Edinburgh Yarn Festival Organisation, and still have a lot of dyeing to do until the big day, I thought it would be great to go to the St.Abbs Wool Festival again. It’s next Saturday, 23rd February 2013. St.Abbs is such a lovely village and the atmosphere is great. Obviously it helps that the ladies in the cafe are selling some excellent home-baking :-). I’ve written a little blog post about the event on our Edinburgh Yarn Festival blog too, check it out!

Some of my fellow stall holders for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival will be there also!

 

Please have a look here for a complete list of stallholders – 16 in total!

As well as all the stands, there will be a special Guernsey exhibition (history, knitted garments, etc) courtesy of Mavis Clark.

The Little Woolfish Shop @ The Millrace will be open  all day and to honor the festival Louise will be offering  30% off everything for one day only. Proceeds from teas and coffees will go to a charity.

I’ll be bringing plenty of yarn and samples!

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Trunkshow Fun

Just popping in to show you some pictures of the YarnPony trunkshow at the Woolly Brew! Jo and I had a lot of fun with all the knitters that came to visit and of course Karen (co-owner of the shop). Even though the weather prevented quite a few car-journeys, it was still a great turnout. We’re looking forward to our next trunk-show. Keep your eyes on the event section for updates.

Fiona (her business partner) popped in as well on her day off to do some shopping 🙂

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Sample display

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Karen with her Pony Deluxe 4-ply

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Apart from being busy dyeing yarn, I’m also working a lot on the Edinburgh Yarn Festival organistaion together with Jo and Linda. Things are gathering momentum and we are delighted at all the positive responses and messages of support we received. The line-up is better than we could have dreamed of when we set out to plan this event and the booking for the classes will go live in the next few days too. We publish updates on the blog, twitter (are you following us yet? 🙂 @edinyarnfest), facebook and of course Ravelry. Are you coming?

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Trunkshow preview

We are all set for a trip to the Woolly Brew! My friend Jo and I will be at the Woolly Brew tomorrow morning, bright and early, and we hope you can make it too! There will be a little giveaway treat awaiting the first person coming through the door quoting the code word “TREAT” in the morning and one for the first person coming along after 2pm!

I have a whole range of colours to bring along, here just a few tasters:
Posh Pony 4-Ply (70% Alpaca, 20% Silk. 10 Cashmere, 400m/100g)

DSC_0020Bluefaced Mini-Pony (100%BFL, 50g/200m). Five mini-skeins (250g/1000m) are ideal for that stripey baby blanket or socks/hats/mittens/cowl!

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Show Pony Lace (80% merino/ 20% silk, 100g/800m)

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Luscious Pony Sport (80% Alpaca/ 20% silk, 100g/260m)

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I’ll bring some samples along (Honey Cowl, Simmer Dim, Colour Affection, Pear Drop, Gilver, Ebbs and a couple of WIPs) to show you how “Mustang” and “Show-Pony” knit up

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Also, the “Mixtape” cowl pattern will be available! Designed by the talented Kristen Orme, who will also teach at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. The yarn (2 skeins of  YarnPony “Mustang”) used in designing the cowl will also be available for sale! MM_2_sm MM_3_sm DSC_0019 DSC_0018 DSC_0017

The stitch used in this cowl makes the fabric wonderfully drapy and springy. You will be able to try it on tomorrow!

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YarnPony Trunkshow this weekend!

Find yourself in Fife this weekend?
Well, if you do, why not come along to the Woolly Brew in Pittenweem to squish some of my yarn? I’ll be bringing a lot of different colours and yarn-bases for you to look at and buy, and also a whole lot of sample garments to give you ideas. One skein of sock-weight yarn can go a long way, you know!

There’ll also be some lace and sport-weight yarns available.
I hope to see you there this Saturday, 26th January, from 10-17.00!

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Yarn Pony gallops into 2013!

…well, kind of! It’s been quiet here because I’ve been rather busy with a project or two, one of them being the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Is it too late to wish you a Happy New Year?

So, I’m just popping in to say that I’ll be back shortly with a proper update.
There will be
-a little preview for the Yarn Pony trunk-show at Pittenweem’s Woolly Brew on the 26th January
-images of some of my new colours and yarn bases
-info about the release of a new pattern designed for YarnPony’s “Mustang”
-details about new yarn-dyeing workshops
-info about buying YarnPony yarns online

Hang in there – I’ll be back!

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YarnPony Trunkshow at the Woollybrew in Pittenweem

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Have you been to the Woolly Brew in Pittenweem? This little gem of a yarnshop sits on the High Street in a beautiful village on the Fife coast that’s worth the trip even without taking in any of the other … Continue reading

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First Workshops done!

Last weekend saw the successful launch of the first workshops at the YarnPony dye-studio. It was great to try out the schedule I had created for the day and see what great colours were produced.
It was also an important exercise for me from a practical point of view. Would participants find my studio? How did they rate the facilities? Was the workshop what they expected? I took away some great and useful feedback to make the next workshops even better!

So, what did we do?
Starting with an overview of what I had planned for the day, we then got down to the experiments.
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When I started dyeing, I often got frustrated with my inability to recreate some of the colours I had found in my tests. This was all down to the lack of recording, which I soon changed after not being able to reproduce that perfect red I had just found! So my visitors could replicate the colour they would create in the morning, I provided recording sheets for them
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After carrying out a whole range of experiments the favourite new colours were picked and we dyed some mini skeins of yarn to see how the colours would come out. More often than not, the colour looks very different in a mixing glass in comparison to the end-result heat-fixed on the yarn.
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Now it was decision time. We reviewed the dyed mini-skeins and decided our favourite colours and mixed the dye stock for this
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The we prepared the yarn and stock-pot

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And after this I got so excited that I forgot to take pictures! A great vintage purple and a lovely deep green were produced. I hope to get a picture from the participants to include it here.
I’m now planning the next workshops for January. If you would like to come to the studio for a workshop day, then please drop me a line on the following email address: YARNPONY at HOTMAIL dot COM.

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More info on the YarnPony Open Studio event

As promised, here some more information about the artscomplex Open Studio event on the weekend of the 8th/9th December 2012.

Saturday, 8th December 10am – 6pm
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, Jo will be with me in my studio selling Linda’s project bags , Jo’s pattern and of course my yarns! You can find us on the 4th floor and the studio number is 4.26. There are lifts to all levels and floor-plans are pinned to the walls of the hallways.

Sunday, 9th December 11am – 5pm
If I receive requests for people to come and visit, then I will open the doors on Sunday too. Otherwise I’ll do some dyeing, but I might not be there all day. If you’re interested in attending a yarn-dyeing workshop in the future (more info on that soon!), then this might be a great opportunity to see the facilities. Just drop me a line on yarnpony AT hotmail.com or contact me via Ravelry or twitter.

You can download the flyer with directions and some more info here:
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The Knitivity Scene

I spotted this knitted Nativity Scene at the Cancer Research Charity Shop In Nicholson Street….

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…and to win it, you “simply” need to guess how many minutes it took to knit it (and of course go down to the shop, pay the pound and put your name down!). Can you spot the baby Jesus, and the odd one out? And what’s your guess how long it took to make?

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