See? See the sunshine??? Late Summer I tell ya, late summer!! It has been a glorious week full of brightness and warmth here, and I have love love loved it.
I have looked up and seen the changing treetops and acknowledged that Mother Nature is tipping us out of Summer and into Autumn.....
....but my toes are still out and I am a happy bunny going about my busy business this week. And boy, have I been busy. We are full into Yarndale* preparations this week as the festival opens to the public at the weekend and I am working hard with the rest of the team to get everything ready.
Today I gathered together this scrumptious pile of colourful crochet and went forth with my step ladder to do crazy yarn things with twenty five lamp posts in the park.
This is the third year we have decorated the park for Yarndale*, it is such a fun thing to do and the response we get from the public (of all ages) is wonderful. These yarn-covered lamp posts do a good job of guiding our walking visitors through the park to the festival during the weekend so they do have a purpose, but the fun/creative element is still a driving force for me taking this on.
We actually stitch the crochet panels in place and they do stay (mostly) intact for five days before I carefully take them down again and store them away to be used the following year.
Oooooooo just look at those gorgeous yarny blooms! This year I've really enjoyed helping my lovely friend Sheila with her charity project called "Flowers for Memories". This is a project dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the Alzheimers Society, in case you missed this, you can read all about it right here.
The response to Sheila's request for knitted and crocheted flowers has been incredible, with more than 5,000 flowers arriving here in Yorkshire from 22 countries worldwide. It has been emotional and humbling, and both Sheila and I have been at times quite overwhelmed by it all.
Last weekend we counted and colour-sorted the flowers ready to start building the display. The idea was to create 5 large fabric panels, pinning each flower in place to create a beautiful field of blooms....
...here you can see Sheila in action, working on the yellow/orange section of the display. We have spent many, many hours on this project, and this afternoon the last flower was pinned. WOW. It is a totally breathtaking sight I can tell you. I promise (hand on heart) that there will be a tonne of photos to share next week, but for now I don't want to spoil the surprise. Thank you to every one of the 400+ ladies who sent flowers, they are priceless little works of art, each and every one of them. Flowers will be for sale during Yarndale* (all proceeds go directly to Alzheimers Society), and we will be writing a full report after the festival.
I'm so sorry that I've not been around so much just lately here in the Attic. I really love being a part of Yarndale* and am very proud of the lively, inspirational festival that we've created, but at the same time I absolutely can't wait for life to return to some sort of normality and for me to have time of my own to spend here again.
Lots of love to you all, will be back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
*Yarndale is a yarn festival held over two days and I am one of the five organisers. You can find more details about Yarndale here.