Saturday, July 07, 2018

Knitfest Maleny (with lots of photos)

We're home from Knitfest Maleny, which happened last weekend. It was such a great event, I enjoyed every moment of it! Last Friday afternoon we set up the stall, returning early the next morning to finish a few things off and eagerly await the doors opening at 9am.
I expected the event to be busy, but take on a steady pace. As it's a festival, I assumed people would have a good look around before making any purchases. Therefore, I was completely caught off guard when the morning rush happened. It reminded me of the rush that happened when I was assisting my sister on her stall at a Christmas Craft Fair many years ago. With the stall brimming with people, I had more than one person remark to me later that day that they'd been past a few times but couldn't even see what we had, so were happy when they returned later and managed to get in. So many lovely people who follow along online - either here, or on social media - stopped by to say hello and purchase some things. Unfortunately, I think everyone probably arrived at the same time, so my apologies if you came by for a chat but we didn't get to have one!

One of the things I love about my business is helping knitters choose yarn for their project, narrowing it down to fibre choice and then picking colours. It gives me a buzz, and the process was even more enjoyable in person. I loved seeing the combinations chosen and hearing about the projects they would become (or the stashes they would join...).

Over the two days, I did so much talking to people that by the end of the day I was a little hoarse, and on Monday after Knitfest I had to be careful not to lose my voice. I really, really enjoyed Knitfest and hope to come along to it again next year.
The entire town was decorated with yarn bombing for the event, and the shops looked so sweet decked out in their bunting. Maleny itself reminded me of Bellingen, only with wider streets and more carparks, as it was filled with interesting looking shops and busy cafes. I managed to have a quick look around before set-up on Friday, and had fun photographing the yarn bombing.

Going back to Queensland, and subsequently returning home, also served another purpose. On the trip up I was unsure how I would feel about returning to Queensland - would I love it and not want to go back? I was relieved to find myself feeling happy to cross the border on the trip back, and feel that excitement at being almost home as we were ending our trip back. I'm happy to be here for now, and Bellingen has also greeted us with the best weather. It's strangely mild and beautifully sunny, so I'm enjoying every drop of the weather as I know it will turn chilly and rainy again in due course.

What's been happening in your world? It's been a little while since I've written here, and I'd love to know what you've been up to in that time!

I hope there is some sunshine where you are, too.


PS. The hand dyed yarn that debuted at Knitfest is now available online, if you were hoping to snag some :-)

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  1. I came home with a very nice Say Little Hen tote full of yarn :) Yippee!!!

    1. I look forward to seeing what all that lovely yarn will become Kellie :-D

  2. Sounds like a great time! Well done you. Your stand looked so pretty - thanks for sharing.

  3. Looks and sounds like you had a great time. I'm currently getting ready for a road trip up to QLD - looking forward to escaping some Canberra cold.

    1. Thank you Laura!
      QLD is certainly warmer than Canberra. Have a good trip! :-)

  4. oh it is a yarn heaven. Beautiful photos espacially I really love trees with a lot of colors :)
    The photos show me that you really have fun :)
    Best wishes xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Ezgi! It certainly was yarn heaven ;-)


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