So Much Yarn!

Exploring England #34

Some visitors come to the North Yorkshire market town of Skipton to immerse themselves in history; Skipton castle, surrounded by 12th century stone walls, was once the home of the aristocratic Clifford family, while the beautiful Parish Church of Holy Trinity houses their resplendent tombs.

Others enjoy Skipton’s natural beauty or use it as a base for exploring the hills and woodlands of the Yorkshire Dales. On Thanet Canal, pretty houseboats compete for space with families of swans and ducks.

But on one weekend in September, people come from far and wide to see something else altogether – yarn!

Celebrating creativity, colour and “all things woolly”, Yarndale brings together producers, designers and textile artists in a festival dedicated to yarn in every imaginable form.

More than a kilometre of crocheted bunting decorates the ceiling inside Skipton Auction Mart, where exhibitors display their yarns in all the colours of the rainbow.

Beautiful finished works create a collage of colour and texture. It’s an Aladdin’s cave of treasures for any crafter, and the possibilities are only limited by their imagination.

Even the creatures who provide the yarn are represented!

Yarndale 2017 takes place on 23rd and 24th September.

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33 thoughts on “So Much Yarn!

    • Elaine, it was almost overwhelming. I didn’t know where to look first. The yarns were so beautiful and I was excited to see some projects I recognised from websites I follow. I loved the socks and would really like to try making a pair.


  1. I did used to knit and crochet, in a former life. At least, that’s how it feels. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Which reminds me- how is Justin Beaver? And did you have a good birthday?

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  2. I have some friends in Yorkshire who attend this event annually and also know of others who travel there especially for this event. It does sound lovely and your photos are the best I have seen of the lovely display of yarniness. Your creations would go well there! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks, CC. That’s a great compliment considering the standard of work I saw. The festival is mostly exhibitors selling either their yarn, patterns and designs, or finished items. I didn’t buy any but I was certainly tempted and inspired. Now I have a little. more knowledge, I would love to go again with a few ideas for what I would buy. How lucky are your friends.

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  3. My mother would have LOVED this, Carol. She was always knitting and crocheting. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if she actually visited this at one time or another – she often traveled the world looking for unique places like this xxxx

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    • It’s only been going for a few years Dianne, but there are probably other similar events which have been around a lot longer. She would have revelled in all the beautiful yarns. I’ve never seen so many different ones.

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