Yarn Festivals & Exciting Future Plans!

I have lots to talk about this week, recovering from the fabulous Unravel yarn festival last weekend and now into serious planning for several other events happening this year.

My yarn purchases from Giddy Aunt Yarns, Stranded Dyeworks and Easyknits

My yarn purchases from Giddy Aunt Yarns, Stranded Dyeworks and Easyknits

Let’s start chronologically with Unravel. As with previous years, my knitting & crochet group had space to exhibit samples of knitting and crochet work and run some drop-in workshop sessions. This year, Kim and I from the group were organising it and we are both mainly crocheters with some knitting experience. Unfortunately, neither of us are confident enough in our knitting skills to teach knitting so all the sessions this year were crochet related. We were very busy over all three days with many people of different skill levels wanting to learn different techniques or ask questions. There were many youngsters wanting to learn the basics, accompanied by parents and grandparents. Some of our visitors could knit but not crochet, some could crochet and wanted to learn something different like Tunisian crochet or ribbing and basketweave stitches. A real mixture of people and questions which was great.

The work on display looked great, we had examples of all sorts of crocheting techniques and all sorts of different fibre types. This included filet crochet, basketweave stitches, African flower hexagons (on my dinosaur), crochet lace, ribbed stitches (such as on hats and scarves), traditional granny square shawls and colourwork.

This is our display of crochet work, different techniques and stitches. There were two knitted pieces on display including the illusion knitted shawl hanging over the window.

This is our display of crochet work, different techniques and stitches. There were two knitted pieces on display including the illusion knitted shawl hanging over the window.

On the Sunday of Unravel, I had the pleasure of a visit from Olivia - Girlybunches on YouTube. Was fantastic to see her again. We have met up a few times and it really is a great pleasure to catch up with her and her husband who I have also met before.

Me and Olivia - Girlybunches on YouTube and Instagram

Me and Olivia - Girlybunches on YouTube and Instagram

Of course, we couldn’t resist having a good look around the whole venue, looking at all the fabulous hand dyed yarn brought by indie dyers and other knitting/crochet related products. This may be hard to believe (not!) but both Kim and I bought some lovely yarn! Most of the pictures I took are on Instagram including the yarn I bought (also pictured near the top of the page). There will be a video this week also showing the yarn in more detail and talking about Unravel.


In June, a friend from Australia and I are going to be at Woolfest in Cumbria. She is visiting family in the UK and taking full advantage of her time here by meeting people and going to Woofest. Many of you know her, she does crochet tutorial videos on YouTube, can you guess who it is? Yes, that's right, it’s Clare of Bobwilson123! I’m so very excited! I have written separately about this, we want to arrange meet ups and see people, click here for more details.


Other things happening this year include two separate trips to the States, not essentially yarn related but will undoubtedly include trips to local yarn stores. While I’m out there (on both occasions) plans are in the works to meet up with other YouTubers, so watch out for videos and posts on Instagram when I’m out there.

This year will be particularly busy. I had originally planned to also go to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March but I decided with all the other things and trips planned for this year, that might just be the breaking point with what I can cope with. I’ve had my eye on EYF for quite a while, it’ll just have to wait another year unfortunately.

Hope you are all doing well. Zoe.