Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018

I really enjoyed my visit to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival (EYF) last Friday. There was a wonderful selection of all kinds of yarn and accessories. It was a pleasure to shop at this lovely show and there was plenty of yarn inspiration for my next designs! At the moment, my knitting patterns are full of multiple shades of pink, so a visit to the John Arbon Textiles stand was a high priority! I couldn't resist this set of Knit by Numbers DK mini-skeins in all six shades of pink.

John Arbon Knit by Numbers mini-skeins
One of my favourite purchases this year was this stunning penannular shawl pin from An Caitin Beag. I was wearing my Points Scarf at the show and added my new pin straight away! You can read all about how the pins are made on the little small cat blog.

Penannular Shawl Pin by An Caitin Beag
Shown on Points Scarf by Emma Vining

This year's show was also really special as it was my first opportunity to meet the lovely Meg Rodger of the Birlinn Yarn Company (BYC). Last year I won the BYC Design Competition with my designs for the Machair Wildflower Shawl and Storm Cast Cowl. Although Meg and I had talked and messaged frequently while we worked together on the accessory patterns, we had never met. We managed to fit in a coffee before the show and have a great chat about the stunning BYC yarns and my fast approaching trip to Berneray!

Machair Wildflower Shawl by Emma Vining for the Birlinn Yarn Company
Image courtesy of BYC 
Storm Cast Cowl by Emma Vining for the Birlinn Yarn Company
Image courtesy of BYC

Everyone had an experience with the snow over the weekend. Thankfully my journeys were not too badly disrupted. I took this shot over Loch Lomond as I was flying out of Glasgow on Monday when the snow as beginning to melt. Hope that everyone got home safe and sound. See you next year at EYF!

View over Loch Lomond
Photo by Emma Vining