Compared with other many other yarn festivals, Glasgow School of Yarn is small – but perfectly formed! Now in its fourth year, GSoY combines a small (but very high quality) marketplace with lots of workshops and shorter classes. It’s held in the Mackintosh Church, which is a beautiful venue and provides lots of space to sit and chat and knit.
This year, I booked Rachel Coopey‘s Sock Design workshop, as well as two mini- tutorials on two-at-a-time socks and darning.
Rachel’s workshop was great: lots of theory but also the chance to do some design with expert advice. And I loved the chance to rummage through all the sock samples Rachel had brought along to use as examples of different techniques, construction and ways to avoid pitfalls.
The hour-long mini-tutorials on Saturday were very useful. I’ve attempted to knit two-at-a-time socks before, but never managed to quite grasp it, no natter how many video or photo tutorials I looked at. Having someone there to explain things and answer questions was obviously what I needed. The same can’t be said for the darning class! Although Maria (who taught both classes) explained the theory very clearly, my ability to put that into practice was sorely lacking! However, I tell myself that it was an educational experience and that I now recognise quite a number of mistakes that I’ll be able to avoid in future…
And the shopping… 😀 I over-indulged slightly, but everything was so lovely that it was very difficult to exercise self-restraint. The designer Lucy Hague was there selling her stunning Celtic Knotwork Shawl patterns. I’ve loved these designs for a while but struggled to decide which to start on. I solved that problem by buying all the patterns!
They were on special offer if you bought them all, so I was really saving money, wasn’t I? I eventually made the decision to start with the Kyna Shawl (on the right in the picture) as it looked the simplest, and bought some yarn from Jess at Ginger Twist Studios for that. Jess’s stall was full of the most beautiful colours.
Easy Knits also had a very colourful stall, but more brights compared with Jess’s subtle shades. In different moods I love both!
Isn’t that an amazing selection? I bought three different yarns from them (two 100% merino 4-ply and a BFL 4-ply) and was very taken with the names given to the colourways: from the left, Aquillian, Killer Queen and Last Days of Summer, with Jess’s merino/cashmere/nylon mix for my Kyna shawl on the right.
I needed a new project bag, and I got this one from a lovely selection by A Peppermint Penguin.
She was also selling some Tattysquawk shawl pins and as I actually needed a shawl pin, it was the ideal opportunity to pick one up.
All in all, it was a great couple of days and if you get the chance to go to a future GSoY, I highly recommend it. But you should take along either a large budget or a lot of will-power!