Woollinn 2019 has come and gone, and as much as I was going to take tons of photos and post a nice write up of the festival, guess what? I managed to take exactly 0 pictures! I don’t even have an excuse, I was just busy and also a little overwhelmed with everything, and I just haven’t thought to take out my phone and take some photos. So the best I can do is try to describe everything now, and send you to check the #woollinn hashtag on Instagram to get a visual idea of all the yarny goodness.
First of all: if you want to attend an event and have some spare time, consider volunteering. That was such a good decision for me! I’ve really gotten to know everything and everyone so much better, had the opportunity to meet fantastic crafters and talk about everything, knitting-related and not only, and just in general to have an amazing, hands-on experience during those three days. I also loved the fact that the volunteers were such a diverse group, with all age groups represented (there were great-grandmothers among us as well as really young girls), and from many different places (seriously, we even had a volunteer from Sweden and UK, and all the regions in Ireland). It was also quite humbling as nearly everyone – volunteers and participants of the festival – wore something knitted or crocheted by them, and seeing how talented everyone was made me realize I still have so much to learn! We also exchanged advice, tips and hints, recommended books and patterns and in general, I learned a lot and found tons of inspiration.
And then there was the yarn. There were 64 vendors in total, most of them from Ireland and UK, but also from other countries, including my own Poland. They had everything from hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns, through accessories, patterns, to books and knitted items. I know one thing: as soon as I get paid for my recent work, I’m going to set aside some funds just for the next year’s Woollinn to spend without guilt, because no matter how much I tried to resist buying too much (I mean my stash is not empty so it’s not like I really need more…), I still spent all the cash I had on me (that was a tactical move to bring cash instead of a card!). This yarn is both luxurious and expensive, so having a separate fund for it seems like a better idea than using up the groceries money 😉
There were also many workshops at the festival, but I didn’t attend any. I found a few I wanted to participate in, but they all sold out early. Maybe next year I’ll be faster with my booking 😉 Still, I could meet and talk to the teachers and designers, and see some of their latest creations.
Here is a photo of my Woollinn haul – it includes 5 skeins that I bought and 3 skeins that were a part of my volunteering goody bag:
On the top left: 2 skeins of Olann Smoked Lace, then 2 skeins of Live or Dye fingering weight merino/ cashmere yarn and 1 skein of Yipee merino yarn between them. Then 1 skein of white merino without label (I think it’s merino, it was in a goody bag), and below them 1 skein of Sublime Elodie yarn and a purple wool from Studio Donegal.
I think I’m most excited about the Olann lace – each skein is 800 metres of fuzzy, delicate goodness, and I’m in lace knitting mood these days – and the Yipee yarn, because this skein has such a unique, beautiful colours. It looks like pale pink on the photo, but it is in fact a pastel, peach shade with some light green, and it reminds me of a spring-time apple orchard. I simply love it, even though I don’t know what to knit with it yet. I have some other fingering weight yarns in my stash so I will have to think of how to colour-match them in the best way.
And since I mentioned the goody bags, they included (beside the yarn) a project bag that seems perfect for socks and other small projects, some stitch holders and stitch markers, and of course a tote bag and a t-shirt (not on the photo, I had to put it in the laundry).
The only thing that was not good, was the weather. It was really cold and rained a lot, especially on Friday, when the weather forecast only predicted light showers, but instead it was as if the sky had decided to get rid of all the water at once. So of course I’m sitting here now with a runny nose, but all I have to say is: it was worth it!