Despite still battling the chest infection of doom, which funnily enough has me sounding a lot like Kathleen Turner apparently, I ventured down to Farnham for the day to go to Unravel. I went last year on the Sunday and it was quite a nice pleasent relaxed day out. Obviously as they were pretty much sold out on tickets in advance this year, it was slated to be slightly busier and as I was going on the Saturday, likely to be a lot busier than what I experienced last year. Overall it wasn’t too bad though. Luckily enough my friends Anna and Sarah had a stall and were kind enough to let me ditch my bigger bag and coat behind it for the day which made navigating the crowds so much easier.
When I put a message on Facebook saying I was heading to Unravel, my friend Sarah (a different Sarah than the one with the stall) commented that she would be there and funnily enough, we ran into each other walking to the event from the train station. Perfect timing. Though we follow each other’s activity through various online means, I’ve not seen Sarah in ages since she lives down near Brighton and it was nice to be able to say hi and catch up in person. She was wandering around with a few friends so we would keep coming across each other throughout the day which was lovely.
One of the things I like about Unravel is all the random bits of knittery decor around the venue. This year was no exception with some delightful knitted lamppost cozies, some knitted balloons swaying along the bridge, a rainbow weave of knitting on a fence, a knitted sheep in the entry way, support columns turned into knitted apartment block towers, and even an entire knitted farmyard in one of the stairwells. All delightful and charming.
The first thing spied on entering was they had special Unravel tote bags for sale this year which were sporting the most adorable patterned sheep design from Mary Kilvert. I’ve seen her work at a couple of the Crafty Fox markets at the Dogstar in Brixton and I’ve coveted that design as a print for ages but never seem to have enough cash left at the end of my craft market purchasing to acquire one. However for a £5 tote bag made for Unravel, I was sold. I used it as my purse bag for the day stuffing my wallet, knitting, and phone in it and leaving the messenger stashed behind my friends’ booth.
Wandering around there was so much yarny tempation. I had a moment of ‘why am I here when I’m not supposed to be buying any yarn’ as I made it a goal for the year to not buy any yarn in an effort to reduce the stash size. But brushing that moment aside, I was enjoying getting to squish and admire all the pretties. I stopped and chatted with Jon from Easyknits for a bit as we compared cat stories. I ran into Sarah and watching her digging through the mini-skein pile at the Skein Queen booth, I couldn’t resist any longer so I broke down and decided mini skeins don’t count on a yarn diet. I bought six little ones which I have no idea what they will be but they give me delightful pleasure as they’re so cute and tiny.
I wandered through the Best in Show exhibit and saw some completely lovely things. My favorites were these:
And then in the great hall I found the John Arbor booth and he had some most delishous looking fiber on sale much of which was marked down for the show. I succumbed again and got 100g of a lovely blue-green-black-natural merino top and then said what the hell and got a 100g of a sock blend top. Guess I’m going to need to dust off my spindles and get back with the drop spindle practice. I gotta lot of fiber already to burn through!
I paused for a little break and sat around chatting with Sarah and some of her friends for a bit. It was nice to have a bit of a sit and rest, which is probably my only complaint about Unravel is there wasn’t much seating/lounge space to just sit and have a knit and natter. They all wanted to wander to go buy some yarn and my tummy was a rumbling so I was contemplating the snack queue or dashing for a train back home when the Sarah from the booth and her little guy Mr. E wandered by in search of cake. So Sarah & I both acquired cake and tea and went to go sit outside in the sun for a bit while Mr E busied himself surprising unsuspecting ladies who sat down at the table (as he was under it crawling around) or attempted to make the mad crawl away under some cars. After I went to hangout at the both with Sarah & Anna for a bit as I had some time before my train.
All in all it was again a lovely day out. Unravel is one of my favorite knitting shows I’ve been to here in the UK as I really enjoy it’s really relaxed and non-pressure vibe. It’s not expensive, it has a good selection of vendors and it just feels fun and lively like a knitting show should. And just to do some self-shaming, my haul from the day: