This was my first time ever going to Yarndale, in fact to any wool festival, and it was even more colourful and cheerful than I expected! I have way too many pictures to put in one post, so this is a general summing up, and posts 2 and 3 will deal with the Scollayalong meetup, and the swag I got.
The general atmosphere was welcoming and warm as soon as you arrived, mainly thanks to the lovely people working at the desk dealing with tickets. A little sheep stamp and a sticker later and you’re in, and immediately surrounded with colourful displays, from an entire wall of crocheted flowers for an Alzheimer’s charity, to the bunting that decorated the pens.
The booklet everyone is given on arrival contains a free pattern for this little cutie, Dominic the sheep, here shown knitted up at the Toft stand. Then of course you are spoilt for choice choosing the yarn to make him with! I spotted a few other sheep on my way around, like this one:
and even the odd goat!
Moving on to actual living animals, let me just mention my absolute favourite: THE ALPACAS! There were a few different alpaca businesses there who’d brought along some of their animals. This is how I learnt that alpacas make an absolutely hilarious whining noise, even when they seem to be quite happy chewing or nuzzling each other. As I noticed though, one of them did have poo on its head while it was making that noise, and tbf if I was in its position I’d probably be whining too.
I even got to stroke one surreptitiously through the bars, it felt like pressing your fingers into the most springy and soft jumper ever.
My only criticism of the entire weekend is that I nearly missed out on a lunch due to the cafe not accepting cards! I actually had to throw myself on the kindness of strangers and luckily the woman behind me in the queue, who I’d been chatting to, stepped in. But even all the small stands had card facilities, so I’d just assumed that the cafe would! That is my only gripe, and it’s a small one.
Overall I had a great time and would definitely go again, and next time I am going to make it a personal goal to stroke more alpacas.