Craft | Yarnfolk – Stash Acquisition

On the August bank holiday, Yarnfolk Festival of Wool took place in Whitehead, NI. It was smack bang in the middle of our holidays so of course, that meant that I had to go with the lovely Yvonne from Dublin Dye. I will, of course, be sharing a post with some vendor images and more on the festival but people have been asking over on Instagram what I came away with so this post is all for you!

In true Cottage Notebook style, I went to the beach for a photo shoot with the toddlers so I hope you enjoy my stash images:



First up are some beautiful rolags by Helen of Pretty Funky Fibre. I love how Helen blends and makes the rolags and I fell in love with these the second she posted about them on Instagram and so I tracked her down at Yarnfolk and nabbed a packet for myself. They are Merino, Sari Silk, Angelina and Tencel. Oh, my drop spindle is going to be a happy this week.



Of course, I couldn’t come home without some Dublin Dye and this is Yvonne’s Silken Lace in Blush. It feels amazing and is 55% BFL and 45% silk and my plans are to hold this double and to make something I saw in Laine magazine and I’m keeping that quiet for now. I know what you are thinking and yes, the yarn loved being at the beach 😉



Next up I was gifted this beautiful project bag from the lovely Fay of  Knit it – Hook it – Craft it.  It is actually part of a kit but I don’t sew and I was trying to decide if I could just talk Kay into selling me just the project bag because I thought they were beautiful with just the machine embroidery. You can find these beautiful kits in her shop which is full to the brim of gorgeous craft supplies and accessories. I love that she supports other makers and I have to admit I took tonnes of photos of her gorgeous stand at Yarnfolk too.




So, I have had this burning need for some of Emma’s yarn (Woolly Mammoth FIber Co.) and I had to try twice to get to her at Yarnfolk but I finally did and I swiped some of her BFL/Gotland 4 ply in Peony for a Little Twiggs sweater. You may have seen it on her Instagram but I fell in love with it and so it’s going to be my garment for this winter after I get my current wips off the needles. G’wan pet the screen no one is looking.



So this brings me to my final stash acquisition which is actually 2 separate purchases from Irish Fairytale Yarns. That gorgeous hot pink and those two dark purple skeins are actually a DK weight and are a merino silk blend. The other two skeins are 4 ply. A sparkle sock in Maleficent and it’s plain sock version too. I couldn’t help myself when I saw them. Indoors these yarns are a bit darker and more purple than blue but outside at the beach apparently the blue within the fibres wanted to sing to the sea. I was half toying with shawl ideas but my daughter has fallen in love with the DK so it may end up being a sweater. Any ideas or favourite toddler knits please let me know!


I will be back with some videos of Yarnfolk and a look at stall vendors and a quick YouTube video too. I was waiting until I was back from holidays before firing up the laptop too much. Please click through the links and find these lovely vendors over on Instagram and say hi from me. I wish I could spend more time with everyone. The next show I am off too is Yarnporium in November and I’m trying to decide if I need to bring a suitcase hmmm…I may need an extra seat on the flight home just for my yarn…




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