Anyone who's a crafter and has a blog can't have failed to have heard about Yarndale, the festival of all things woolly which is held over a two day period in Skipton. This will be the third year it's been running and I was lucky enough to attend last year.
There's usually a project which people can get on board with, the first year it was bunting which was displayed throughout the Auction Mart where the festival is held and last year it was mandalas, they were all put together and they made a fabulous visual display. This year, the public have been asked to help with flowers to create a colourful flower garden and afterwards, the flowers will be made in to brooches, corsages and floral wreaths which will be raffled or sold with all profits going to the Alzheimer's Society. Such a good cause.
I've never taken part in any of the Yarndale projects, but recently, Christine over at Winwick Mum blog came up with the idea of a Yarndale Sock Line. You may remember my post about Christine's Sockalong, it was a huge success and so many more people are now knitting socks because of her fabulous tutorial. It was after the success of the Sockalong that Christine came up with her idea. Christine's asking people to send handmade socks before Yarndale or to bring handmade socks to the festival on the day so that she can make Sock Line bunting. It will be a sight to behold, however, the main aim is to have lots of pairs of socks which can be donated after Yarndale to those in need. Homeless, terminally ill, women's refuge and bereaved are just some of those who might need a beautiful pair of handmade socks.
I think the Yarndale Sock Line is a great idea and I've promised to send a pair of handknitted socks to Christine so that they can be included in this brilliant project. Unfortunately, due to lack of time, other commitments and life getting in the way, I haven't been crafting at all just lately, I haven't even finished the Sockalong socks. What to do. Now if you remember all the way back to 2011, I wrote my Finished At Last post. In that post I showed a pair of socks which I'd just finished. The yarn was very hard to knit with, very splitty, and if truth be told it put me off the socks and I've never worn them, they've just been sitting in my sock drawer for the last four years. I'm sure someone could put these socks to good use.
Eleanor's promised that she'll make a little label for me which can be attached to the socks and then they're good to go. I'm not sure yet if I'll be attending Yarndale this year but if I do, I'll be able to see them pegged to the Yarndale Sock Line and I'll know that afterwards, someone in need will be a little cosier because of them.
This is such a wonderful project, anyone who knits or crochets socks knows how snuggly they feel when their feet are wrapped up in woolly goodness so I hope that lots of people will take part. If you'd like to knit or crochet a pair of socks for the Yarndale Sock Line, you can get all the information you need from Christine's Yarndale Sock Line post. You don't even need to send the socks, you could even donate them to a good cause in your own area and just send a photo. My socks will be on their way to you very soon, Christine.