Emma and I enjoying the photo ops
We arrived at the Farnham Maltings just in time for the doors to open, and we joined the decent size queue. It moved relatively quickly, particularly as I had won a pair of tickets from the Yarn in the City podcast (thanks Rachel, Allison) and then we were off. As with any largish group, we fragmented, heading off to the different rooms. I think there were 5 or 6 separate rooms, including 1 large hall area, with vendors spread through out. Mostly yarn companies, there were a few designers/magazines with stalls as well as a stall for the Brinkley Looms. Brinkley Looms are weaving looms that operate unlike any other loom that I have seen – to warp on you turn the frame and then you insert the reed, which looks like a square rolling pin. Tempting because the warping is my least favourite aspect of Geoff’s weaving (it’s also the only aspect that requires my participation).
Some welcoming yarn bombing
As well as shopping, I enjoyed opportunities to try on sample garments, chat to designers whose patterns I was knitting and find out about upcoming releases like John Arbon’s Knit by Numbers in 4ply (to complement the existing 8ply offering). Another treat at Unravel was that Jules (aka Woollenflower) was a stall holder, so I spent most of the afternoon chatting and catching up.
Some amazing handspun available at Unravel