Friday 26 February 2016

Unravel Festival of Knitting 2016

Last Friday, after a walk around the centre of Farnham (exploring the town's history and architecture), I headed to Farnham Maltings to visit Unravel: an annual "festival of knitting" which also celebrates crochet and other fiber arts.

As any regular reader of my blog could tell you, I am not the world's best knitter (or crocheter). I've made a couple of big projects like my Sky Blanket and my Granny Square Blanket but I mostly stick to very small, simple things like basic scarves and plain squares for patchwork blankets.

But I'd been to the textile-themed Thread festival at the Maltings a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, so when an old friend said she was visiting Unravel and did I fancy coming along? Well, a day of nattering and tea and cake and lots and lots of yarn seemed like a pretty good plan to me.

There was a lot of beautiful yarn for sale, plus books and patterns and kits and knitting/crochet accessories and loads more crafty goodness. The whole building was jam-packed with stalls, but here are just a few that caught my eye.

The Little Grey Sheep had such a fabulous selection of colours! Passion for their product was something that radiated from every seller at the festival, and this family farm was no exception. They have a flock of sheep which they shear themselves, the fibre is washed and spun within the UK and then returned to the farm where it's hand-dyed in all those lovely colours.

Charming kits and patterns for your dog, from Redhound for Dogs. You'd be knitting the coats for the dog, of course, as I'm not sure even the most talented of pups could master knitting.

(Do excuse these slightly blurry photos, my camera was struggling a little with the lighting!)

Fabulous pompom yarn (handmade in Chile) from Añañuca. How much fun would this be to knit with??

Needle felted awesomeness by Jenny Barnett. I love that little sign: You CAN make these.

Spin City had roving and other spinning supplies in some magical colours! And sparkles, too! Even the product names are magical: Mermaid's Hair, Cinderella's Slippers, Nebula.

Cute and quirky faux taxidermy and other knitted animal fun from Sincerely Louise. I especially love the triceratops and the little mole door stop.

More beautiful yarn in delicious colours, this time from John Arbon Textiles.

Finally, beautiful patterns and kits by Jane Crowfoot.

The flower blanket on the top right is called Frida's Flowers, and has been designed for a "crochet along" with yarn company Stylecraft. Kits to make the blanket will be available from March, and the free patterns will be published in instalments over 4 months, starting from early April.

I really don't need to start another project (especially one as big as a blanket) but I have to admit to being very tempted by this one!


Shortbread and Ginger said...

Oh my goodness - so many lovely things to look at!

Amy at love made my home said...

I can confirm from my own experience, you really can make one of Kate's beautiful felty animals! I can see my fellow right now from where I am sitting and I love him! xx

Amy at love made my home said...

p.s. don't know why I said Kate, I mean Jenny! xx

Roberta said...

very nice photos of yarny goodness. Bought your "Super-Cute Felt Animals" today. Looking forward to making some very very cute items.

Silly Little Sheep said...

Wow, I am glad I wasn't there! I would have spent a fortune, ended up with a house full of yarn and no money for rent :D I'd have to knit myself a nest to live in :D :D :D

Bugs and Fishes said...

Bobbie - Yay! I hope you'll have lots of fun making the animals :)

Silly Little Sheep - oh my goodness yes there were so many tempting things, so easy to spend aaaaaall your money on yarn :D