Yarndale – A Festival of Yarn

Well at last the day arrived, and so did I very excited and in the lovely town of Skipton to visit Yarndale.

Yarndale Bus

I stayed with my daughter in Leeds on Friday evening and decided at the last minute to leave the car and get the train. Boy was I glad I made that decision, I arrived at the station  at 9:30 and was greeted outside the station by this wonderful sight, an old fashioned double decker adorned with bunting. When we got on the bus I could not resist going upstairs and sitting at the front.

Inside there were more wooly treats, the advertising board had been covered with green felt and decorated with fluffy sheep and flowers, it was fab.

Inside the Yarndale Bus

Inside the Yarndale Bus 2

The traffic was unbelievable, backed up right down to the main road. But once we got to the venue there was bunting everywhere.

Yarndale Yarnbombing

Then inside even more bunting, it was truly amazing! From the bottom of my heart I thank the lovely ladies who put on this great event, they did a fantastic job and I hope that it will be repeated next year.

Yarndale BuntingI regret to say that it was so busy inside I could not get any photos, there were so many bodies it was hard to get to see some of the stands. There were places called Knit and Natter where you could sit, eat lunch and chat.

I hope it will suffice to say it was truly a celebration of yarn and talent, there was plenty to see and even more I wanted to buy. The workshops looked so much fun too and I regret not pre-booking, the yarn dyeing in particular looked great, but there will hopefully be next year.

I took the bus back into town and went to the Russian Tea Rooms but I will tell you about that another time.

Homeward BoundHaving exhausted both myself and my purse I headed back to the beautiful Victorian station and went back to my daughters to relax.

If you went too I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you didn’t I hope you can go next time. And thanks again to the Yarndale organisers, I commend you on doing a great job.


36 thoughts on “Yarndale – A Festival of Yarn

  1. Afternoon Tea with May October 23, 2013 / 22:41

    Im so jealous! I bought my Yarndale ticket in advance and then ended up being poorly! It looks like you had a fab time. An all round, really cute post 🙂


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com October 24, 2013 / 09:06

      Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that you were unwell and missed it, it was fab, but so,so busy. There will hopefully be a next time though.


  2. coby October 1, 2013 / 09:43

    Such a nice story. Thank You for sharing. Lovely all those colours.


      • coby December 8, 2013 / 18:15

        Thank You for Your comment, Sorry this is a little late, but wordpress is still new for me and I just found your comment. Greetings


      • thegrangerange.wordpress.com January 2, 2014 / 13:31

        So good to hear back from you, I have been absent due to busy work commitments but pleased to be back to blogging now.


  3. theladypeach October 1, 2013 / 01:49

    Sounds like a most wonderful time! So many things to see! Get ideas.


  4. *Wisher* September 30, 2013 / 12:27

    oohhh. such a lovely festival and thank you for sharing the post and pictures.. thank you 😀
    ahhh.. i wish i can join in next time too.. 😉


  5. lovelucie1 September 30, 2013 / 12:18

    I would have been there except for a little matter of a school reunion in North Wales. I hope there is a ‘next time’!


  6. craftysorcha September 30, 2013 / 11:21

    Oh you lucky duck! I’ve been hearing all about Yarndale on Attic24, and I would so love to have been near enough to go! It sounded great.


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com September 30, 2013 / 19:01

      I feel very lucky indeed to have been so close and able to attend with ease. Had a great time with my 2 lovely daughters too so that made it extra special.


  7. littleblackdogsa September 30, 2013 / 08:51

    I love the Bunting!! I wish I was there. Thanks for sharing, it makes me feel like I was nearly there.


  8. Patch September 30, 2013 / 08:26

    Despite not being very far away, I couldn’t make it either. Fingers crossed for next year though.


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com September 30, 2013 / 18:54

      What a shame, I hope there will be a next year, we will have to lobby them if they suggest it won’t happen again.


  9. empress27 September 30, 2013 / 07:41

    It looked like a great day. Can’t believe people were being turned away from the car parks! I wasn’t able to go this year (spent all my budget at Woolfest!) but there is always next year – getting so jealous of everyone elses photos, haha.


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com September 30, 2013 / 08:03

      It was good, it is the first yarn exhibition I have been to so I have nothing to compare it too. Maybe I should go to Woolfest next time too.


  10. My Northern Cottage View September 30, 2013 / 03:51

    How awesome that you were able to attend! I have been drooling over the whole event from afar. Lol. If my son decides to go on mission with YWAM in England next year, I may just have to go! Blessings from Alaska, Jackie 🙂


  11. slippedstitches September 30, 2013 / 03:25

    It looked spectacular! I sent some bunting over from this side of the Pond and I think I caught a glimpse of two of them in your photo. So cool. Thanks for sharing your day!


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com September 30, 2013 / 08:05

      So kind of you to participate with the bunting, it gave it such a feeling of community knowing that it had come from so many different people.


  12. terrimm September 30, 2013 / 00:38

    Wow, the bunting really does look gorgeous! I’m so jealous. I’m glad you had a wonderful time.


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com September 30, 2013 / 08:07

      Thank you, it was truly amazing, I went feeling that I could be creative but wow! There are so many really talented people out there.


  13. Jane September 29, 2013 / 23:34

    I am so jealous! You are right it has to happen again next year, I must go to Yarndale. Thank you for sharing


  14. teabeaknits September 29, 2013 / 23:29

    I sooooo want to go to this next year – assuming its an annual festival of course!!


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com September 30, 2013 / 08:09

      I think this was the first one but if attendance is anything to go by I think there will be another one. Lets hope so.


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