Yarn Tasting 2010

Last night, I went in to the Yarn Tasting at This is Knit. You had to book your spot in advance. I was a bit slow off the mark for that and ended up second on the waiting list. Luckily, I bagged me a place! The event was in The Loft in the Powerscourt Centre. This is a big, bright area at the top of the building so there was plenty of space for everyone. I think there was probably about fifty people there. The first thing that greeted you was the refreshments table which served tea, coffee, biscuits and other nibbly things, as well as red and white wine. For all of us stumbling in after a day’s work, this was a good start!

Upon arrival, we received yarn tasting packs. This was a little scrap book where we could snip off samples of our samples and tape them in for identification later. You could sit wherever you wanted – all the tables had their own names in order to stagger the allocation of samples!

Small bags of samples were handed out in order of weight. We started with lace weight first and moved through sock, DK, aran and chunky weights, as well as two samples of spinning fibre. Here’s what the snip’n’tape table looked like.

Fabulous assistants were on hand to help with the identification process…

The general idea was to sit down and knit up and try out the samples – which I did – but there was lots of time to mill about and talk to everyone…

Mary L and R

…and there were lots of yummy cakes samples laid out…

…including this incongruous one right here lurking under a cocktail umbrella. Behold! Madeline Tosh!

I think it will be for sale in the shop very soon. It was really really nice. Other yarns that really impressed me were the Hedgehog Fibres cashmere lace and the Louisa Harding Rossetti.

All told, I think we got to sample and savour in the region of 30 yarns and fibres. It was really great getting to catch up with people that I haven’t seen in person in nearly six months as well. It was super to see such a mix of people of all ages and backgrounds having fun in the name of wool!

8 thoughts on “Yarn Tasting 2010

  1. I wish we had yarn tasting here in the states! maybe we do and I just don’t know about it ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like you had a nice time

  2. Great review!! It was wonderful to see a big crowd of knitters gathered together (there must be a collective noun to describe the gathering, if not, there should be!) It was great to see you there.

  3. looks like a lovely way to spend the evening! i’m afraid i’ll have to do some more stash busting before i’m allowed to buy any more wool, i have a big shopping bag full of wool and another one, nearly as big, with cotton!

  4. Yarn tasting looks like a fun time was had by all.
    I wonder can you help? I like doing the aran patterns but find the yarn too bulky, and would love to knit them in double not aran. is there an easy formula to convert the pattern? thanks if you can suggest anything. V

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