#TURBOEYF

I am delightedly packing for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and have some news and announcements before I head off.

Firstly, congratulations to Florapie whose name was randomly drawn to win a PDF copy of Spilly Jane’s magnificent tome, SPILLY JANE KNITS MITTENS.

Under the hostas - the gnomes appear in Jane's book too!
Under the hostas by Spilly Jane

Florapie says…

SpillyJane has so many amazing mitten patterns that I could work her patterns exclusively for a couple of years and still not work my way through all of my favourites!

…with which we at KNITSONIK wholeheartedly agree. Cooperative Press will soon be in touch with you to deliver your PDF prize.

Next I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to my friend Gordon Anderson, whom many of you will know as the tourguide to Buachaille Etive Mòr in Kate Davies’s magnificent tome Buachaille. I’ve stayed with Gordon and Mel in Edinburgh on several joyous occasions and in those visits I’ve fallen in love with Arthur’s Seat, which we have climbed together. For this reason, I wished it to be the main inspiration source for my Colours of Edinburgh class. Gordon very kindly went up the mountain and took many photos of its glorious aspects for us to use in the Colours of Edinburgh classes. I can’t wait to show you the palette of yarns devised through looking at these images.

Beautiful rock faces and strata , photo © Gordon Anderson
Beautiful rock faces and strata , photo © Gordon Anderson
Lichens and volcanic rock, photo © Gordon Anderson
Lichens and volcanic rock, photo © Gordon Anderson
Arthur's Seat, photo © Gordon Anderson
Arthur’s Seat, photo © Gordon Anderson

I’d also like to give a big shout out to Sarah and Jonathan of Purlescence. I’m travelling to Edinburgh on the train this year and, because of my teaching commitments, I’ll not be selling copies of the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook directly at the festival. However Sarah and Jonathan will be carrying the book on the Purlescence stand so if you are intending to buy my book at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, they are the folks to find.

Jonathan and Sarah (right) with Jane (left) at Unravel 2015
Jonathan and Sarah (right) with Jane (left) at Unravel 2015
Misa Hay on the Shetland Wool Week stall with Donna Smith's Baa-ble hat design last year at EYF!
Misa Hay on the Shetland Wool Week stall with Donna Smith’s Baa-ble hat design last year at EYF!

I can highly recommend visiting my friends from Shetland on the Shetland Wool Week stand and finding out about another truly wondrous woolly event in the calendar. Congratulations to Ella Gordon, who is this year’s patron for Wool Week!

Sandra (left) and Ella (right)  - pictured here at Jamieson & Smith
Sandra (left) and Ella (right) – pictured here at Jamieson & Smith

This year’s EYF is also going to see the unveiling of Rachel Atkinson’s Daughter of a Shepherd yarn; I have watched this unfolding story with increasing glee and we wrote about it for Wovember; I am so excited to squoosh that Hebridean wonderment for myself.

Daughter of a Shepherd - a new yarn from Rachel Atkinson
Daughter of a Shepherd – a new yarn from Rachel Atkinson

I cannot be the only knitter who is thrilled at the prospect, too, of the Kate Davies Designs stall and two glorious new designs by Kate that are launching at the festival. Kate’s posts charting the route from inspiration to finished design for Miss Rachel’s Yoke and Gauntlets and Funyin (with its backstory in Hornsea pottery) have been some of my most joyous reading so far this year; it’s going to be just lovely to see those designs in real life and of course to see KATE!

At Sonia Delaunay in 2015!
At Sonia Delaunay in 2015!

My buddies from Tall Yarns’n Tales will also be there this year which is a huge temptation if, like me, you are a fan of beautifully made epic work-wear with deep pockets. You can hear Linda and Andrea talking about their amazing work with textiles here.

Linda (left) and Andrea (right) AKA Tall Yarns'n Tales
Linda (left) and Andrea (right) AKA Tall Yarns’n Tales

There will be many buddies at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and Jo and Mica have done an incredible job of making this event a joyous one in which the forces of wool can warmly converge for one weekend. I am stuffing as many hugs and smiles into the KNITSONIK luggage as will fit, as these are the main necessities when heading to a glorious congregation of fibre and friends. When I am not teaching, it is most likely that I will be found in the Podcast Lounge with Louise Scollay, AKA my woolly comrade.

Louise and her magnificent podcast lounge will be at EYF!
Louise and her magnificent podcast lounge will be at EYF!

I am looking forward to seeing you there: it’s going to be TURBO.

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5 Responses to #TURBOEYF

  1. Louise says:

    oh my goodness I need to send you some photos where I don’t look beastly hahahah!
    see you soon mucker!!

  2. What a lovely full of excitement post to read, oh, I wish so much I was going to EYF but a very close second will be getting to read about the wonderful (and wooliness) of it on such brilliant super inspiring blogs such as yours.
    It sounds like you’re going to have the best time ever and I can’t wait now until next week where I hope you write about it with lots of pictures of “back stage” fun.
    May I just add, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of you or Louise where you’re not smiling or laughing or both looking all excited about woolly or something else brilliant.
    Please give Rachels wool a super big squosh and sniff from me xx

  3. Mark says:

    OK this has made me a little bit jealous and I’m not even a knitter!

    Sounds like it is going to be a fantastic time for all concerned, especially those lucky enough to attend one of your classes or otherwise run into your shy self!

    Am sure you’ll have a blast, looking forward to all your talks on the other side :-) xxx

  4. Lara says:

    I so wish I was coming too. Have a splendid TURBO time! And give Kate a big hug from me. LXXX

  5. florapie says:

    Oh, thank you! Such fun to win! Your Edinburgh Yarn Fest looks so much more amazing than any I’ve been to. Luckily a friend is going and will report back so I can travel vicariously :) Have a great time among your tribe!

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