This weekend I dragged my carcass out of bed at an ungodly hour and all the way across the country for Unwind Brighton, and forgot my camera. Phone snaps will have to suffice, even though they can never quite capture the colour of a truly awesome yarn.
The marketplace was small, but densely packed with extremely fancy indie yarn, a much higher proportion of yarn to fibre and accessories than I’ve seen in other shows. It was also completely stifling in there! Most all of Brighton was covered in a hot humid haze with little wind. I’ll be the first to admit I’m a total pansy in hot weather so I didn’t end up spending that much time indoors in the end. I went off trying to find elusive breezes and catching up with friends. Friends who know where huge ice-cream sundaes are being sold, thank god.
Some things I did enjoy from the show though:
The Little Grey Sheep, by Well Manor Farm. These guys own 300 sheep, all lovingly bred for their fleeces. I got chatting to the ladies running the stall and they said that they’d recently crossbred Merino sheep with Gotland sheep and the offspring were almost ready for their first shearing. What an intriguing prospect! I’ll be keeping an eye on them.
Madelinetosh ‘unicorn tails’. Madelinetosh is so amazing but way the heck out of my price range. It’s good to know there are ‘tasters’ available from L’Oisive Thé, a French yarn shop.
Not shown: Old Maiden Aunt getting ransacked! I saw at least one knitter making purchases based purely on what she could physically carry.
Finally, I splashed out on some Kettle Yarns Co. yarn. This is an indie dyer after my own heart – all yarns are extensively wear-tested so the fabric should last and last without pilling.
This particular yarn is called TWIST. It’s superwash Blue-faced Leicester in 4-ply. The colourway is Morse-Grellow. I haven’t quite decided what to do with it, but it’s got to be something a bit punky, a bit distressed maybe?