I’ve settled back home after a glorious EYF – the catties have ceased showering me with affection and expressing their delight at my return, and the unpacking is done.
I’d love to start off this writeup with ‘The journey up north was uneventful… ‘ but I can’t do that. We were on the train that was stranded for three hours – and then spent another two hours hanging around York with an entire stand’s worth of luggage and many platform changes before we finally got onto another train. We ended up reaching Edinburgh far too late to set up the stand. Thursday evening saw me sitting on a hotel room bed trying to get as much sorting and pricing and organising done as I could (with a soothing glass of wine to hand). Friday morning was an early, early start, with just 90 minutes to get the stand up and ready for duty. And we did it! Things were more haphazard than I’d have liked, and I hadn’t time at all to tweak the layout, and we were far more tired than is ideal for the start of a hectic festival – but we made it.
Our little stand was hopping busy all weekend, and I had a wonderful time nattering to everyone who stopped by, demonstrating the use of penannular pins (video coming soon on here), and especially seeing things I’d made being worn and loved. There are few things (tabby kittens, maybe?) better than making something, sending it out into the world, and discovering that it is used and cherished.
We summoned the energy to head ceili-wards on Friday night, and the great company, dancing and food perked me right up despite a busy day on very little sleep. I may have danced more than was sensible for a tired person with a busy day ahead, and stayed rather later than I thought I’d manage.
Both myself and Sarah managed a quick sprint around the market on Sunday afternoon and scored a small but precious little yarny haul each. Apart from that we were pretty much chained to the stand, with occasional tea runs to sustain us, and I didn’t get to see half the festival – or take more than a handful of photographs, or pop by at least half the stalls I’d wanted to. (This isn’t a complaint at all – busy is good! – and I had a grand time behind the stall.)
Huge love to Jo and Mica both, for organising such a great event, and especially for Mica’s unflappable comforting calm as I phoned her fretfully while stranded on a train. Huge love too to all the volunteers that made it happen, the other exhibitors, and everyone who stopped by the stall.
Exciting new things
I took a couple of new things to EYF. There are these knitter’s notebooks and knitting journal, as well as some badges, new variations in button earrings, some great new bangles and pendants, and little tubs of brightly coloured bulb pins.
They’ll be appearing in the shop sometime soon – they’re just waiting on me doing the proper photography.
On the needles
A big wooly jumper for wearing around the boat in winter (knitted just in time for the sun to come out and the temperature to soar, excellent timing there!)
Another cowl, because I fancied some fun indulgent (& portable) knitting last weekend, to keep me entertained on trains. And it’s nearly done – quick knits are great!
An incredibly lush grey cardigan, which just needs me to decide if I like the way the oversized button bands behave – some *sterling silver buttons* will be added if so.
Selfish knitting all ’round there!