This weekend I visited Yarndale in Skipton North Yorkshire.This is an annual festival of creativity, celebrating all things woolly and wonderful! We were staying in Grassington not too far away, in our Campervan. It seemed like a good idea to go into Skipton on the bus ( very eco friendly etc!). I spent a LOT of time on Saturday waiting for buses but I had a great time!
When I eventually arrived in Skipton there were vintage buses provided especially for Yarndale. The buses were the old “London style” and dressed in knitted bunting. It’s a long time since I travelled on one of these buses!
The buses were named Jean and Joy and were full of women, ladies, girls and two men. The camaraderie was great, the laughter infectious and the excitement palpable. It was a wonderful way to arrive at the festival. And, they were free! I like free! The inside of the buses was decorated with crocheted Mandalas, already getting us into the theme.
Yarndale was held in Skipton Auction Mart which was beautifully decorated for the occasion. There were more than 6000 crocheted triangles organised into a awesome display of bunting. The triangles were created by the readers of Lucy’s blog at http://www.attic24.typepad.com and they came from over 31 countries.
The individual animal pens within the auction mart were converted into shops, seating areas and provided a knit “n” natter lounge, coffee shop and an Oxfam Bag Crèche.
More news from Yarndale tomorrow!
Greetings from Grassington all you gorgeous people! Today was a bus ride through the Yorkshire Dales to Grassington, well worth the £4.20 return fair. How the driver squeezed through the lanes, past numerous vehicles is beyond me. I would have had to shut my eyes!
In Grassington there is an Age concern charity shop tucked away up a side street. In this shop I “nearly bought” a cut glass butter dish, bag (another) and 7 yes 7 balls of unused black wool for £6.99-bargains galore. However guess what I did buy? Nothing! I might go back tomorrow…….
On this trip I have bought some Christmas gift knitting. I am trying to bust my stash which is why I haven’t bought the wool in Grassington, yet. I hope that you are all duly impressed with my organisation skills as I did say CHRISTMAS. However I do know that I will be rushing to finish the previously mentioned gift in the weeks before Christmas but hey ho! The thought is there!
Damnvan1, Husband and I visited the Yorkshire Dales for my birthday week-end. We stayed at Bolton Abbey which is a beautiful,well serviced Caravan Club site. We walked along the banks of the River Wharfe which was in full flow after heavy rain. We spent time wandering around the pretty town of Grassington, visiting a coffee shop, posting my Grand Daughters coat home and there IT happened! In the Post Office window was a card advertising a 12 month old Labrador for sale. Benji was his name and the description ticked all the boxes. We deliberated, discussed and finally decided. This was the dog that we had been waiting for.
Benji is the name Bouncy is the nature. We brought him home in Damnvan1 in a dog cage for security. The week break in the Yorkshire Dales will certainly be memorable. Hopefully Benji, Damnvan1, Husband and I will have lots of adventures in the next few years. Follow this Blog to see what happens to Benji and co.