Well, another year and the start of the yarny shows!
(Unravel was actually my second show this year - but I'm not sure a trade show counts even if I did order lots of new shiny yarn for the shop hehe!)
This was my third Unravel... And compared to the last two years... I left this year a little disappointed.
Maybe going so close to the trade show was a bad idea. That was only 5 days before. There was a lot of bright colours and things containing sparkles from the commercial companies.
Maybe the indie dyers were just reflecting the dismal, appalling, never ending winter we're in. Maybe I'm just so blissfully happy in life right now that I want bright colours...
Apart from a few indie dyers who are renowned for bright, intense and saturated colours (I'm specifially thinking Easyknits, Fyberspates and Natural Dye Studios), I found the majority of yarn and fibre to be muted, murky, and I hate to say it... Dull.
I've seen so much bright coloured sock yarn on Instagram from the Socks With Sarah KAL and Operation Sock Drawer, and thats what I wanted! I wanted rainbows to spin, rainbow socks to knit!
I found rainbows to spin from HilltopCloud, as always her fibre was gorgeous!
As for rainbow sock yarn... I found none :( I didn't even need it to stripe, I just wanted rainbow colours! Unless I wanted a commercial yarn (and I go to these shows for indie yarn, commercial I can go anywhere!), bright yarn was lacking...
I also felt there were less yarn/fibre stalls and more "stuff" stalls. Kits, ready made items, and quite a few actual yarn stores. Which is great for some people... But I was done after about an hour.
I spent most of my time just catching up with friends, and showing off Adam! I bought during my first half hour, and nothing more tempted me.
On the way home all of us (Laura, Kate and I) said the same - we were disappointed, and probably won't go back next year.
Roll on Wonderwool Wales - with an extra hall this year there needs to be more bright stuff there!!!
No post would be complete without a picture of my purchases:
EasyKnits and Skein Queen yarn, both fibres from HilltopCloud.
I'll update you with my Socks With Sarah KAL soon!
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