Mandala for Yarndale from the Seaside

Today I finally got round to finishing my Mandala for Yarndale.

Crochet Mandala for Yarndale


There was no deliberation on the colours for this circle of goodness; living in a seaside town and I knew I wanted to use blues and greens to send a bit of the coast along to Skipton.

I am really looking forward to going to Yarndale again, everyone was so friendly and I am guessing after the success of last year there will be even more exhibitors this year. There was lots to see on the way to the show and so many like minded folk to talk to, I met a tutor from the design college and had chance to look at some of her designs, knitted evening dresses no less, absolutely amazing. There was so much wool to choose from I could have bought loads but having exercised a bit of self control I bought 2 lots of lovely yarn, some felting wool and a pattern.

If you haven’t seen it already you can see Lucy’s call to action on Attic24 . I am intrigued to see the end result of all the gorgeous colourful Mandalas.

And the next mandala I make I will definitely be using the Starflower Pattern from Zooty Owl, I just love all the detail and use of colour.



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.