Monday, 4 March 2013

Unravelling - In a Good Way!

Now that I have some form of internet (moving is stressful enough without feeling so out of the loop!) I thought it was about time I posted an update about the exciting new yarn I bought at Unravel.

For those who don't know, Unravel is an annual knitting show held in Farnhan Maltings. It comprises many stalls of knitting/crohet/crossstitch/needlework related goodies - everything from yarn and fibre to buttons, beads and notions.

I was excited to book my ticket, until moving weekend happened to coincide with the day I was planning to go. Ooops! Luckily, cunning boyfriend is not only cunning but also amazingly supportive of my hobbies, and insisted I go anyway. A day off from hauling boxes, and a knitting show? Who could say no? *laughs*

The main reason I wanted to go was to finally meet up with Sarah and Tink. We all started blogging at around the same time, so it was great to meet them in person. We've always joked that Tink is my evil twin, and now that she has come to the dark side and is knitting socks, well, the link is complete ;) I also got to meet Gilly, who was lovely and has awesome hair.

I've borrowed this pic from Sarah, as I was sadly lacking my camera:

But enough about the day - you want to see the yarn, right?!

I was in the mood for obnoxiously loud colours, and the first thing that grabbed me was this skein from Sparkleduck:

Teal and orange are two of my favourite colours, I couldn't resist them all twisted together like that!

I spent quite some time at easyknits, trying to decide between a few of their "deeply wicked" skeins. The colours are so wonderfully saturated. After eliminating the first one I loved, due to the fact that it also contained a large proportion of teal and orange, I settled in this one:

So, so bright and wonderful.

When I spotted some Colinette Jitterbug, I had to have some. I've wanted to try it out before so I grabbed a purple skein. Then Sarah pointed out the colour she liked best and I immediately switched my allegiance and bought it...

I was hoping that boyfriend might like it, I think he deserves some socks. Luckily when I got home, he was most taken with it. So at least one of the things I bought has a plan already *laughs*

And while I am on the topic of new yarn, I should also mention the yarn mum got me for my birthday (3 days after Unravel - so really, the skeins I bought were obviously birthday presents to myself *grins*)

KnitPicks Felici. I know there's some drama going on with buying from KnitPicks at the moment, but luckily in the UK you can't buy direct from them, this came from their only UK supplier. Phew. Anyway, it was on my wishlist because I adore my Super Awesome Happy Rainbow socks, they're so soft that I wanted another pair in the same yarn.

Wow, that turned into a long post! I have more to show off - mum bought me a swift for my birthday too - but I think I'll save that for another day ;)


  1. I LOVE that Sparkleduck. I'm a sucker for orange and teal at the moment too, but haven't been able to locate anything like that. NOM! I love that skein of Deeply Wicked. I have been trying to time my browsing of the website for when that colourway is available for some time, but keep missing out. Must find out when he updates and set an alarm. I think you did amazingly well, and I am dead jealous that you got to go and meet up with Sarah and Tink!

  2. Such lovely yarns! I want them all haha :)

  3. Ah Sparkleduck. Very lovely yarn :) They live just down the road from me (lucky me!) and their yarn is FAB.

  4. It sounds like a wonderful day! The yarn you bought (and were gifted) are lovely! I can't wait to see what you make.

  5. Hooooooray for yarny goodness! Moving is such a pain in the butt (go ahead, ask me how I know). We still haven't found Husband's good camera but I did find my circular needles last night (I was specifically looking for them). At least you got to go to Unravel. We moved the weekend of Stitches West and I wasn't able to go (someone had to watch Little Man and clean the apartment). ::sigh::

  6. That orange and teal is SICKENING! I love it.

  7. I love the color of Felici that you got! Definitely one of my favs :)

  8. Hooray for cunning boyfriend! It looks like it was a great time. I also want to try Jitterbug some day. There's a turquoise color I love but I can't think of its name at the moment. Sparkleduck is the funnest name ever!!!

  9. Gosh, you really are into the brights just now!!!

    Love that pic of you all. I really hope to get to Unravel one day, but it's a long hal from Wales!

  10. Great yarn and how fun to meet up with fellow bloggers.


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