p/hop at Edinburgh Yarn Fest

Wow, what a weekend!  I’m still in recovery mode from the amazing two day event that was Edinburgh Yarn Festival.  It was such a whirlwind, I’m not even quite sure how to summarise it!

I caught the train up from London bright and early on Friday morning in time to set up on the afternoon.  My immediate impression was that everything was very well organised and professional.  Jo and Mica had clearly done a great job pulling everything together.

EYF exhibitor's pass

I was then faced with something very unusual:  a huge stall with actual walls!  I had a few hooks and clips that I’d brought with me, but nothing really suitable for setting up a display in the large space that we had.  Luckily volunteer Heather was on hand to help out, and we got very creative.  Heather was an absolute champion, tracking down hardware stores (no luck there unfortunately) before eventually stocking up on bargain price mops at the nearby supermarket to use the handles to display our samples.  I’m eternally grateful to Helen from Ripples Crafts who donated some hooks for us, and Yvonne from Dublin Dye Company lent us some dowel to complement the mop handles!

The stall came together brilliantly and we were all set for the weekend.

p/hop knitting emporium

We had lots of wall space to display our shawl samples, and these were incredibly popular.   The patterns for Crocus Pocus and Trinity literally disappeared within a matter of hours!  People really appreciated being able to see the patterns worked up in different yarns.

p/hop shawls

We now have 20 sock patterns available, and they went down really well.  And with patterns for kiddies’ socks through to man-size, we really do have something for everyone as they say!


p/hop socks

It was great to speak with so many people about p/hop.  There was a real mix of people who are familiar with the work of MSF (including those who actively support MSF through donations on a regular basis) as well as people who haven’t come across MSF’s work before.  I also got to meet lots of knitters who were totally new to p/hop, as well as knitters who have just about every p/hop pattern we’ve published.

Heather knitting at the p:hop emporium

We had a such a huge space that we even had a seating area for our own p/hop knitting emporium!  It was a great space for people to have a rest when the yarn fumes all got a bit too much (here’s Heather getting in a sneaky round before the crowds arrived).

All in all it was a weekend to remember!  I barely left the stall so have only a vague notion of all the other things that were going on, but doing the p/hop stall was so much fun I don’t feel like I missed out at all!

I need to say a massive THANK YOU to the volunteers who helped out on the stall over the weekend.  Firstly, thanks to Heather who helped out at various points over the entire weekend, and was even on hand to fetch lunch so I didn’t collapse!  Huge thanks also to volunteers Georgina, Jaele (Jaeliebean on Ravelry), Heidi, and Natalie, who all spent time on the stall.

p/hop couldn’t have done it without you!

I’d also like to say a huge thanks to Jo and Mica for inviting p/hop to attend and for donating the stall space.  Your support has been wonderful.

Fingers crossed for another EYF next year, perhaps?

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