Spinning Yarns Festival 2023…

Three weeks ago I was in Northern Ireland for a very special weekend indeed! πŸ˜„ I’d been invited to speak at the Spinning Yarns Festival for the third year and this time I had a new design to reveal exclusively at the festival.

Here in this blog post I’m very happy to be sharing with you more about my day there…

The big reveal was of course my new Causeway Coast Blanket πŸ’šπŸ’™ How wonderful to be able to create a blanket fully inspired by my time spent at the Spinning Yarns Festival and the surrounding coastline in previous years, and then to have the opportunity to come back and reveal it in person at the actual festival which led to me creating the blanket in the very first place!! πŸ˜„

Photo by Ruth Hamilton

That’s something which feels like a little dream come true – wow! πŸ˜„ It really did mean so very muchβ€¦πŸ’™

The response at the festival and then from so many of you since has been truly wonderful – thank you!

I was made to feel very welcome indeed…

The Hookery Craft Group

And I’m really happy to be seeing blankets already in progress over in my Facebook Group and over on Instagram too…

Any yarn festival is a wonderful opportunity to gather together, share conversations, be inspired and immerse ourselves in our of love of crafts, yarns and creativity.

There are always demonstrations and crafts in action and of course it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a little exclusive shopping too! To be able to support local small craft businesses and see their products up close and in person is always a joy… the colours and textures are brought to life, and to actually feel the various yarns is fabulous!

Lighthouse Yarns

With the name Spinning Yarns it was inevitable that there would be demonstrations of yarn being spun at the festival…

Closkelt Yarns

And opportunities to give it a try too! That’s a lot of fun… and not as easy as it looks! πŸ˜„

One artist that caught my eye is Louisa Kelly– Louisa creates the most stunning hand felted and embroidered art works!


The textures and delicate details in her felt pictures are incredible and I absolutely fell in love with this stunning sleeping fox which I purchased and is now hanging up on my wall at home…

A beautiful piece of art with happy memories of a wonderful weekend wrapped up in it too.. I just keep looking at it and that gorgeous bushy tail!

Drinks and food vendors at the festival means a good coffee is there to be savoured!

And there are yarns galore! 😍

Giddy Aunt Yarns

Now I’ll leave you with some more photos from our wonderful time at the Spinning Yarns Festival 2023 – it was an absolutely brilliant day!

Seeing so many friendly and familiar faces from my previous visits was beautiful, heartwarming and touching. And meeting new people and fellow designers is a big highlight too…

I felt wrapped in kindness and my family who came along felt it too… if there’s a yarn festival or gathering anywhere near you, I do encourage you to pop along!

Mary-Lynn from Wholly Hooked
Photo by Ruth Hamilton
Closkelt Yarns
My Roadies on the day! πŸ˜„

There you go… a festival feast full of colour and inspiration! A wonderful time was enjoyed!

The following day, with family in tow, I was able to take my Causeway Coast Blanket on tour! We visited all the stunning locations that inspired my hexagon designs… I can’t wait to share that with you next time!

In the meantime, Happy Crocheting Everyone… πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™


  1. Lovely to hear and see the photos off your time over in Ireland. I am hoping next year to go too a yarn festival for the first time which is nearer me in the North East

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