This is only the second year that this event has been held. The venue is the Auction Mart (cattle market) in Skipton. The building is transformed from a plain utility building into a riot of colour.
Lucy (the infamous) from Attic 24 has requested for crocheted Mandalas to be sent in from anyone who wished to do so, to decorate this barn. 1182 people did so, including C (who did one for me too - I hadn't cracked the crochet thing then)
Lucy had crocheted extra large Mandalas and strung them around a child's Hoola Hoop
Some purchases were made ...
and some designs were admired
Just love this blanket
And more colour. The stall holders were very generous with their time and knowledge. These were all and spun and dyed yarns made from mostly "cottage" style industry. Some alpaca fibres and there were quite a few rabbits giving up their fluff for the angora yarns.
|J posing with the art|
Coopers where Lucy & Tracy have their studio. Tracy makes some lovely mice and hares to sell and blogs here
|Lucy's chair (for a special fan)|
|Jo with the yarn stash|
|S was having fun too|
And (trumpet roll) the mini workshop that I participated in resulted in this (I think) lovely crochet basket . It is made with three strands of Carpet Yarn so is quite rigid.
|a walk round the village|
A great day.
The next day we ventured over the Yorkshire Dales down some REALLY narrow roads and over to County Durham to meet with friends. We ate at The Otter & Fish - well worth a visit if you are ever in the area. A great meal, as always and just enough room to squeeze in a desert ( Key Lime Cocktail) - Yummy!
Sunday night was spent just north of Newcastle, and Monday morning off up to Northumberland to visit another friend who used to live close by.
More food - Lunch at Barter Books which is a treasure chest full of readables situated in the old railway station in Alnwick.
After farewells in Alnwick, we headed down the coast with a quick pit stop and a paddle (brrrr) in Alnmouth
" Go over the foot bridge through the car park and you will find a hole in the fence. Through the gap, and turn right about 50 yards "
( is this a northern joke??)
So off we went. Finding the hole in the fence was no problem and we had a great meal, with a couple of drinks I was a bit worried about finding the gap in the fence on the way back - but should not have been bothered - it was well worth the adventure.
743 mile round trip (with a few detours) . I have had a great weekend.
32 days to the next trip!!!! Getting excited!!