Yarn & Craft Market by Hand Knitters Guild Of Australia

I attended this market a year ago, and had so much fun that I knew I had to go again this year. And I am so glad I did!

The Yarn & Craft Market is an annual event organized by the Hand Knitters Guild of Australia at Coburg Town Hall. With a focus on small companies, there are yarns and other crafty items that can be found at the market that simply cannot be found anywhere else!

While knitters can easily get all types of yarn from big stores like Lincraft and Spotlight, there's something about artisanal, small-batch yarns that makes finished projects extra special.

I was very disciplined this year with my purchasing (I still have yarn from last year that's just sitting there, waiting to be knitted up!), but I was happy to be able to browse and play with all the luscious yarn on sale!

All I came home with was a single skein of yarn from Half Baked Hand Dyed which is already on needles being knitted up as a special birthday outfit for Adam, and a 3D-printed Turkish drop spindle from Cat & Sparrow Fibres that I regretted not purchasing last year (and am having trouble trying to use hahaha...I need to practice!).

More importantly, it was a great opportunity for me to see the yummy yarns in real life and make a wishlist in my head for future projects, haha! Among the brands that stood out to me were TarndieWool Days, and Miss Click Clack. Definitely buying from those companies in the future.

It was also very lovely to meet with the people behind the companies. Everyone was so warm and welcoming, you can't help but feel a sense of belonging (despite the large crowds!). I even finally met up with Mel of Changeling Coloured Yarns, who has custom dyed yarn for me in the past :D Thanks for letting me share this selfie, Mel!

If you're a knitter living in Melbourne or the surrounding areas, be sure to keep up with the Hand Knitters Guild Of Australia on FB to keep up-to-date on upcoming events. The Australian Sheep and Wool Show is coming up in Bendigo, and that's one that I think I'll go to as well!

I must also give credit to my lovely hubby who patiently waited with the baby while I did seven (yes, seven) rounds around the market lol. Love this guy!

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