It feels strange to get up earlier on a Saturday than during the rest of the week, but today I went to Unravel in Farnham with my friend Bronagh. For those who don’t know, Unravel is a yarn show that specialises in small, independent dyers and designers. Farnham Maltings itself is a warren of a building, with lots of little rooms tucked round hidden corners and filled with surprises.
Knitters often talk about getting giddy on the yarn fumes at events like this. And while some of the yarn does retain a beautiful sheepy smell, for me the intoxication comes from being surrounded by so much colour. Everything from subtle, plant-dyed shades to heathered tweeds to zingy brights across the whole spectrum. There is a lot to stroke and squish and admire. Being surrounded by so much colour is the perfect lift on a cold, dark February day. And when that colour is coupled with beautiful design and the products of craft skills exercised with care and love it’s a wonderfully energising and inspiring thing.
So, I ended up bringing some of the loveliness home with me.
From top left, there are two skeins of Sweet Georgia yarn. These were reduced, so are positively a bargain. I’m not sure what they’ll become yet, but they demanded to come home with me. You can’t see in the picture, but they’re a glowing pink/red with golden undertones.
Next to that is Rachel Coopey‘s new book. I love her socks, and it’s always good to be able to buy direct from the author to maximise their income from the book.
And at the end of the top row is a copy of the December 1952 Stitchcraft. There’s a beautiful lace bed jacket in there with a pussycat bow neck that’s just asking to be updated. I’m sure it would work beautifully in a bright, modern 4 ply yarn, but I’ll need to do the sums to see how that will work out.
At the left of the bottom row are four skeins of Skein Queen Flockly. I love Debbie’s dyeing style, and this is very typical of her work. This is a picky-mauve with very warm undertones that changes colour depending on the light. Four skeins is a sweater. Possibly an Elphaba.
Next up are two skeins from Easyknits. The blue is Bigger On The Inside, a semi-solid blue, and the red is one of the Deeply Wicked shades called Lust. Both will turn into socks at some point.
The wine and the gold are two shades of Meadow by The Fibre Company. I first saw their stuff at Ally Pally last year. It’s beautifully squishable, with lovely colours, but is a touch on the pricey side. But there was an introductory offer on Meadow, which is a blend of Merino, Llama, Silk and Linen. The two skeins together should make a beautifully drape-y and rustic shawl. Suggestions please for a pattern!
The peacock shade is a laceweight from Midwinter Yarns. It promises long colour runs and a rustic feel. They’re a new company and have some lovely Gotland and other hard-wearing yarns in beautiful colours. They’re apparently doing pretty much every show they can get to this year, so do check them out.
And on the end are two Skein Queen Exquisite, which might turn into a pair of knee high socks with leftovers for fingerless mitts.
I also bought (not shown) some buttons (I have a weakness for buttons …) and a wonderful “No Woman, No Ply” project bag from Baa Ram Ewe.