Like many of you, the Simply Crochet team visited Yarndale over the weekend, and gosh! What a weekend it was. A real highlight for us was venturing down the Yarn Walk from the Auction Mart into Skipton. So when we met up with Lucy at her studio the next day, we quizzed her about it all came together…
“The Yarn Walk at Yarndale is for fun, but it also has a very practical purpose, to show people the way to and from the town to the Yarndale site. It’s made specially for Yarndale, and we want to keep the bunting, lamp post covers and Woolly Bikes to use again for the next show or next year. We don’t consider it a waste of time or a waste of yarn, because we take it down and look after it, to use it again.”
“Last year’s Yarndale featured crochet panels made by 3 people – Natalie, Liz and me – it was great that this year we had 16 extra people: my lovely blog readers and Facebook followers contributed. There were two of us doing the installation – Eleanor (of Nel, Nan and Nora) and I; we looked like weird people with a stepladder and cable ties in the park in broad daylight!
The route of the Yarn Walk is a popular thoroughfare for people, from families to the students at the secondary school and the sixth form college. People came and asked us what we were doing, and kids wanted to touch it – we had a great response. So it’s great for the community, and good for Skipton too: the local council like to have us involved.”
“Along the walk we also had the Woolly Bikes project, which had funding from the Arts Council, and worked with the local children’s charity at Skipton, SELFA (Skipton Extended Learning for All). They aim to provide a range of activities for vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled children who live in the Skipton and Craven district of North Yorkshire. We got a grant to go into schools, and went into nine primary schools, teaching 200 children aged from 5 to 11 basic textile crafts. Anything from finger knitting to making pom-poms, and the kids loved it. Some of them had never touched yarn before and thought it was amazing. The boys loved the pom-poms!”
As you would expect, a lot of work, love, and joy went into creating the Yarn Walk.
Did you visit Yarndale? Let us know about your highlights in the comments below….
***A big thanks to Lucy for the lovely images!