Preparations for Yarndale have been taking up much of my creative time lately, but I've really enjoyed being busy and keeping myself focused.
I managed to work out a way to neatly crochet my Starflower Mandalas onto plastic hoops to make these lovely decorations. I used 45cm child's hula hoops (I found them on Amazon) and I absolutely love the way they turned out....
...they look like colourful snowflakes! I was careful when I darned in all my ends so that they look equally good on both sides - I'm planning on hanging them from the ceiling so that they spin and twirl above everyone's heads (I can picture it, can you?)
But this past week they've been hanging on the wall in the studio looking very pretty indeed. The yarn in the basket there is the same that I used to make the starflowers, it's the BEST cotton I've ever used, really lovely to work with. Its Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK, which I can highly recommend for decorative crochet work.
Blogland is such a wonderful, generous, sharing kind of a place and I was absolutely thrilled when the lovely Hannapat of Cosmos and Cotton blog offered to make me a starflower for Yarndale. She used some very pretty summery shades of Drops Paris cotton, it's always so interesting seeing how others choose their colours!
In addition, one of Hannapat's blog readers also picked up on the idea of making a giant mandala for Yarndale....
...this one came Carol from who writes Smile at the Flowers blog, another big beauty (the mandala, not Carol!)
I stretched both these ones tightly across big 70cm hula hoops, they really do look fab. I've got one more beautiful mandala that I'm working on hooping up this week, made by Jacquie (Bunny Mummy blog). So all together I'll have six for my aerial display....can't wait to see how they look.
I've been fitting in crochet-time for Yarndale whenever possible during these past few months, it's amazing how quickly the weeks and months fly by. On Sunday it was beautifully mild and sunny here in my patch so I set up an outdoor workspace for myself in the back yard....
...and worked for many hours through the morning to complete another woolly sign (my fifth).
Work continued through to Monday down at the studio....
....I managed to somehow stitch on letters and eat some delicious soup whilst also carrying out some social media work for Yarndale, it was a full-on working kind of a day!
Tomorrow (Wednesday), I'll begin to install all the colourful crochet in the local park ready for Yarndale weekend, I sincerely hope it stops pelting down with rain. Fingers crossed.
Alongside all the work I've been doing for Yarndale, I've also been working hard on other projects. I've been finishing up a brand new ripple blanket worked with a beautiful new yarn pack, I am really excited to very soon show you this latest ripple in all it's pretty, colourful glory. It's a real beauty, kind of soft and pretty but bright and cheery all at the same time. That's it up above look - it's called the "Cottage Blanket" as the inspiration behind the colour palette is an English cottage garden. Think of mellow terracotta and old stone, fragrant herbs and pretty summer flowers....sweet peas, lavender, clematis and roses. Delightful!
Awwwwww just look at this sweet couple, aren't they just so cute and woolly?! These are the Yarndale sheep, Betty and Bert, and they are the cover stars of our 2015 Yarndale calendar. Yes! A Calendar no less!! I worked hard at the end of the summer holidays with my good friend Carole (also a Yarndale team member) and together we styled and photographed a shed load of images in her beautiful house and garden. We took almost 300 pictures, and after a great deal of ummming and aaahhhing, we decided on the final 12......
....we very much hope that you like what we created?!
There are some Yarndale woolly images mixed in with a dash of Carole-style (rustic, with vintage inspired colours) and a smattering of Attic24-style (colourful hooky of course!). The calendars will be on sale at Yarndale this weekend, then will go into the Yarndale online shop sometime in October. We will happily ship them worldwide....hoping they get to travel across the globe bringing a little bit of woolly happiness into many homes during 2015.
I've recently started thinking about a new blanket design for the Autumn/Winter using a gloriously rich, warm, spicy palette of colours, oh-my-goodness, the thought of it makes me just want to leap up and down with excited anticipation! I'm calling this one the "Cosy Blanket", cos that's what these colours say to me. The colours are inspired by the Autumn Season - leaves and berries, Autumn flowers and harvest time.....yum!
In mid October I'll be heading down to London to the Knit and Stitch show at Alexandra Palace, to hang out with Stylecraft Yarns there. If you fancy coming along to say hello and see what I'm up to, I'll be there hooking and chatting during Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October.
SO....I'll be very full on with Yarndale now until next week.
I've got a park to yarnbomb.
I've got a Knit & Natter Lounge to set up.
We've got 6,212 bunting triangles to hang as well as 1, 182 mandala wheels to display.
We've got 180 exhibitors to welcome, and then more than 6,000 visitors to entertain.......wish us luck!
See you soon!
ps...almost forgot to mention!!!...If you are coming to Skipton for Yarndale, you are welcome to pop in and visit the studio!!
My studio buddy Tracy will be there to welcome visitors, and I'll even try and tidy my desk for you :)
Our creative knit n natter session is open to anyone who wishes to join in with some yarn and chat, Friday 9.30-11.30ish at Coopers Cafe Bar (5 mins walk up the road from the train station).
Open Studio times (first floor above Coopers Cafe Bar) as follows ::
Friday 1-4 ♦ Saturday 9-4 ♦ Sunday 12-4