Since 2009, Farnham Maltings has been hosting the Unravel Festival for yarn enthusiasts like us! It is a 3-day event full of wool dyers, producers, classes, demonstrations and all the bits to go with a nasty knitting or crochet habit. I went on the opening day, Friday 17 February and had a fantastic time. It was fun to see so many people so excited and happy about something they really love. I even stopped and chatted to the lovely Renee Callahan of East London Knits, and it was like a tiny celebrity sighting! I learned to brioche knit from her and she is a great teacher. And another American!
First of all, the town of Farnham is gorgeous and the Maltings is a creative enterprise that works with artists to get the community more involved in making and appreciating all forms of art. In the 1960’s local residents rescued an old building that has been transformed into a gorgeous maze of large and small rooms with exposed wood beams, uneven wood floors and lots of nooks and crannies.
I spent the day squishing all of the wool and enjoyed finding lots of new wool dyers and suppliers. Stay tuned to see some of them coming to the shop soon! There were more than 70 exhibitors but some of my favourites were:
As you know, I can’t stay away from color and mixed color and speckles! I adore their names as well! I got two skeins of Peppermint Pie and will probably make Hazy Morn cowl. However, I did buy DK and the pattern is fingering. I just love how squishy DK is!
Standed Dye Works
Again, the speckles and unique color ways drew me to them like a moth to a flame. I got three skeins of their flamingo feet color-way which is a pink and black. Not my usual purples, blues and greens, but I think that’s why I loved it. I’m thinking of using it to make the Autumn Blush cowl, as the texture will really show off the speckles.
Hill View Farm
First their stand was gorgeous with copper baskets and wooden tables, but they are a new company and this was their first event. Absolutely gorgeous British wool.
I have to say, this wool made me actually want to use a neutral, solid color! Their browns, greys and oatmeal wools are amazing. I have been desperate to make the Drys scarf and this wouldn’t work in speckles, as the detail might get lost. I didn’t get any, but I haven’t stopped thinking about it since, so I probably will soon!
I had to grab one of her larger bags that is now sitting on my sofa with my Briochealicious shawl in it!
The Knitting Gift Shop
They had some amazing wooden yarn bowls and fun project kits.
A Yarn Story
This is a gorgeous shop in Bath, and although they mostly sell wool, I had to grab one of their writs rulers. The owner is a fellow American and really lovely. Next time you’re in Bath, check it out!
Make sure you get a chance to go next year, it will not disappoint!
What knitting, wool or craft events do you love going to?