Plotting, planning and an Unravel Giveaway!

Thanks for all the lovely get well wishes last week. I'm pleased to report that I'm around 90% back to normal, and not quite so happy to be approximately 200% behind on my list of things to do. That list mostly involves plotting (my next designs and a secret birthday gift - so I don't really have anything to show you today) and planning... for Unravel 2014! 
Illustration by Kate Sutton, commissioned by Farnham Maltings
The annual Festival of Knitting at Farnham Maltings is the highlight of my knitting calendar for several reasons including: 
  • LOADs of great exhibitors, talks (free but limited spaces) and workshops 
  • Did I mention the exhibitors? - It's yarn/fibre/button shopping heaven.
  • It marks another year of Crafts from the Cwtch - the first post was about my first visit!
  • It's a fabulous place to meet up with friends - old, new, and 'virtual'.
As I realised last year, this annual trip to Farnham has become as much about the latter as anything else when I got to meet various people I 'know' from Instagram, other blogs and some regular readers of this blog. It was great to finally get to say hello in person.  

This year I am very excited to be attending with a couple of good friends, who I only know because of this blog. Gilly (Tickety Boo) came last year after winning tickets in my giveaway and we got on famously! We decided to do it again this year, but that it would need to become a proper "girls' weekend" and so the fabulous Wink from A Creative Being is coming along with us too - all the way from the Netherlands - and we're making a little adventure of it. I can't wait!
Photo credit: Lulu Locket Photography
There is going to be a 'craft and natter' area which we will be frequenting at various points on Saturday and Sunday so we are hoping we can get to meet up with more of you there for a cuppa, and I'll also be tweeting and Instagramming (is that a verb yet?) live from the event for those who would like to see what's going on, but can't make it in person. 

If you would like to read more about the Festival you can find my previous posts here, visit the Farnham Maltings Craft Festival page for all the details, and book tickets here. In addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday opening, this year sees the addition of a Friday Preview evening so you can be amongst the first to browse the stalls (with a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink). Tickets for this are strictly in advance and limited, but two lucky readers can get a pair of tickets simply by leaving a comment below telling me your favourite thing about Unravel (if you've been before) or what you'd most like to see (if you haven't been). Be sure to leave an email address or Ravelry username so I can contact you. Winners will be randomly selected on Monday 3rd February 2014. Good luck! 

8 comments

  1. My favourite thing of Unravel last year was that I had been really struggling with my spinning and a lady who was using an Ashford Trad (the same wheel I have) let me sit down and showed me what I was doing wrong. It changed my spinning completely!

    I always love the logo too - this years is spectacular!!

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  2. I hope one day I get to go to this, it's so close to where my grandfather lives! Alas, it will not be this year. Have fun!

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  3. I can't wait to go to Unravel this year as I've had to miss it for one maybe two years.... My favourite thing is that it brightens up an otherwise dull February and rekindles my fibre passion. Oh and the undyed yarn from John Arbon is always a bargain!

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  4. Am still dithering over whether to go this year or not. If I do I'll be in touch about that cuppa! Of course winning a ticket would tip the balance!

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  5. My favourite thing about Unravel (apart from all the fluffy things) is meeting all my lovely Instabuddies and other yarn-mad friends :D
    Winning a ticket would make my incredibly happy btw!
    x

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  6. I'm planning on going this year for the first time but can only attend on the Saturday. I've heard so much about the event from other knitters and it seems like a fun day out.

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  8. I love love love being able to see amazing yarns in person as it were, I'm always a bit sceptical of buying online if I've not been able to see/touch them but Unravel means over the last two years I've bought some AMAZING things I wouldn't have otherwise (some of which I still have to put to use and just pet but we wont mention that bit)

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