Unravel is one of my favourite yarn shows. Because it attracts designers and smaller yarn companies, it is a chance to see new yarns and colours and to come up with new ideas as well as offering chance to catch up with old friends.
The 2015 show seemed smaller than the last couple of years but it still lived up to what I expected with some interesting new yarns and fibres to investigate.
In particular there was a lots of Gotland wool appearing in selections and a Nordic influence. I was particularly taken with the colour selection and fibres on the The Knitting Swede's stand although she didn't have exactly what I was looking for today. However, I did pick up some unusual two-coloured, laceweight Swedish yarn from Midwinter Yarns.
Midwinter's Ullcentrum yarn came under the part of my shopping list marked "something new that gives me an ideas" .
The other item that filled up that bit of the shopping was from The Fibre Company. I'd tried their DK yarns before but I was so intrigued by Meadow - 40% merino, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 15% linen - that I had to tick the luxury box.
I feel tiny shrug and or caplet coming on.
There were lots of old friends and favourites to visit and chat to, including showing The Little Grey Sheep team the mitts I've designed using their mini-skeins. The pattern will be up once my new website is finished. There was also chance to catch up with the latest from, amongst others, Easyknits, Debonnaire and Skein Queen.
And it was another yarn show friend that came up trumps with my most difficult yarn search today - merino/silk blend DK in a jewel or other strong colour (sometimes my new ideas are very, very specific). This fibre mix is very popular for 4-ply but as one stallholder put it, not something people want in heavier weights. But I do and thankfully Belinda Harris-Reid agrees. Know for her natural and monochrome yarns, Belinda has recently branched into colour for some limited runs, including Silky in a deep violet, kingfisher and the luscious raspberry below.
And so I headed home happy, full of ideas and also with some cute amber toggle buttons from Textile Garden.
My idea of a good day.