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You might have seen some of the jealousy inducing blog posts and photographs from the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this weekend.  It looked a truly amazing event and I was jealous not to be there.  So what’s a girl to do in the face of such extreme provocation? Go back to the source of course and go look at some fibre producing animals in the flesh, or should that be fleece?!

We went along to our local urban farm and were met by a couple of very friendly donkeys enjoying some hay.


“Stop pulling faces, if the wind changes you’ll stick like that”

Some of sheep with older lambs were back out in the fields, but many of the ewes were in the barn, waiting to lamb.

Whitefaced Woodland
This Whitefaced Woodland ewe was very friendly, or it could be that she was after the sheep nuts that were scattered on the floor at our feet!

Whitefaced inquisitive
There was a nursery pen with the very young lambs, so clean and bouncy! Some were having a nap, snuggled up in the hay. These two are a Whitefaced Woodland (the white one) and a Ryeland (the brown one).

Puddle of lambs!

Puddle of lambs!

These two Whitefaced Woodland lambs were a bit livelier, bouncy all over the pen and having a good nibble on the hay.

Lambs eating hay

I also managed a bit of knitting over the weekend.  Using my Greengage Glut from my Orchard Collection of 100% Wensleydale lace to knit an Elm Row scarf by Anne Hanson of Knitspot.  This is my Mother in Laws Christmas present, Christmas 2014, better late than never!

Drooping Elm scarf* The hash tag ‘bedinburghyarnfest was coined on twitter by those unable to be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival in person.  Many people joined in to create their very own festivals at home/in bed/on the settee/whereever possible!  Go have a look on twitter at both the #bedinburghyarnfest and #eyf2015 hash tags to relive the weekend’s woolly exploits.


New hand knit socks

Hand knit hand dyed socks

Plumlicious socks

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a freshly washed brand new pair of hand knitted socks!   I began knitting these socks whilst minding my stall at Yarndale in September 2014.  Christmas knitting took precedence and I only managed to finish them a couple of weeks ago.

Socks from sideThe pattern is Basic Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherley aka Wise Hilda Knits. This was the first ever sock pattern I knitted. It gives a good fit as the rib is a little bit stretchy and there’s just enough interest to stop you getting bored, but it’s easy enough that the fingers can take over and you can watch TV or have conversations with customers!

The yarn is my own Yan Sock base of 100% British BFL 4ply with a High Twist which makes it nice and robust for socks.  The colourway is Plumlicious, I love purples and dye a lot of purples, so it was important to have purple socks for me!

Socks and waterThe socks took me for a walk at the weekend into The Dales for some winter sun and to get some photos in daylight!  They kept my feet toasty warm inside my boots. We met some sheep on the way, tucking into their winter hay rations.

Sheep feedingWe also met a different kind of sheep, definitely a Swaledale, but this one wasn’t much interested in hay!

Sheep benchIt did make a good spot for a cup of tea and some pork pie though!  The view was typically Dale-sy, hills, a few trees and plenty of dry stone walls, with a bit of snow and winter haze for atmosphere.

Dales view