Yarndale, a festival of colour

Photo collage showing five examples of colourful yarnbombing at the entrance to Yarndale in 2016

You can have all the colours at Yarndale!

I visited Yarndale for the first time this weekend. Let me show you some of the colourful delights.

Big, colourful crochet mandalas, yarn-bombed bollards and the most amazing yarn-bombed ice cream van (selling knitted finger puppets) welcomed us to the Skipton Auction Mart, the venue for Yarndale.

Fun and colour everywhere!

More than 6000 colourful crochet triangles, made by people from 31 countries, were joined together to make bunting for the first show in 2013.

Brightly coloured crochet and knitted bunting hung from the roof at Yarndale

More than 1000 people from 48 countries crocheted mandalas for the 2014 Yarndale.

Display of brightly coloured crochet mandalas

People crocheted more than 5000 Flowers for Memories to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society in 2015.

Brightly crocheted flowers arranged to form a spectrum

This year, people crocheted or knitted little woolly sheep, which were auctioned to raise money for a local charity, Martin House Children’s Hospice. I can’t show you a photo; the sheep were small and the crowds were numerous. Visit the Yarndale blog to see some of them. However, here’s a somewhat bigger sheep that was keeping an eye on everyone!

Cream knitted sheep wearing crocheted flowers on its head and around its neck


Let’s look at a really small selection of exhibitors’ wares. There was so much gorgeous colourful yarn and desirable textile equipment, and so many people; it was difficult to take good photos!

Here’s some yarn from Little Grey Sheep a small family farm in Hampshire with pedigree Gotland, Shetland and Merino sheep. Fleece from their sheep is washed in Yorkshire, spun in Devon or Yorkshire and dyed back on the farm. What gorgeous colours! And because they work with fleece from their own sheep, when a particular batch has sold you have to wait for the sheep to grow some more!

Hanks of yarn in many colours hung from book shelves

Look at these cute cows and gorgeous dragon from Sheep Knits.

Display of knitted animals with cream bodies and stripy legs

Laxton’s from Yorkshire had a rather clever display of their undyed British yarns. A single hank of each yarn had been dyed using the same colour palette so that the different yarn bases could be compared.

Display of yarns showing undyed and dyed samples of each

Hooked by Design were selling kits for crochet and rug hooking. As I’m about to start rug making with my therapeutic textile group, I was particularly interested in rug hooking. I’ve not seen this style of hooking frame before, but could immediately see that it would be easy to use.

Rug design drawn onto Hession stretched on a rug frame

At the Pompom Quarterly stand as well as the magazines, there was a display of garments and accessories from their most recent issues. Here’s Striated cowl my design from the Spring 2016 issue of PPQ. How exciting to see it there!

Striated cowl folded up in front of Pompom Quaterly magazine in which the pattern was published

There were many other wonderful exhibitors and far too much tempting yarn. I took photos of yarn from Fibre Harvest, Blacker Yarns, Whistlebare, Truly Hooked for my post about Wonderwool Wales earlier in the year, so take a look at that post to see their wonderful woolly goodies.

I did buy some yarn, but I’ll show you that another time!