Sheep for a Day at Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Earlier this year Craft Reactor was invited to take part in the first ever Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Of course we said yes! It’s at Out of the Blue, Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street on 16 March.  see the Festival’s website for more about what happening throughout the day.

A couple of weeks ago, at a meeting with the organisers and volunteers, we hatched a plan for a fun thing to do.  The Drill Hall have a cow from the Cow Parade that Edinburgh hosted a few years ago and we have the job of turning it into a sheep for the day of the Festival.  Here she is:

The Drill Hall Cow

The Drill Hall Cow

We will crochet a face and knit leggings for her. The main  body will be covered a mesh and we’ll attach pompoms, fringes, tassels and other fleece-like yarny constructions. Now this will be a lot of wool and a lot of work so we need your help!

How to get involved

Please raid your yarn stash and make some pompoms or other woolly ornaments. Anyone can do this – not just members – the more pompoms etc the fleecier the sheep will be! [A clever person suggested that long tails should be left on your pompoms for easier attachment.]

We’d like to have some of this assembled before the Festival so please bring them to the next meet up at Hula on 5 March or email to arrange something else.  If that doesn’t work for you then handing them over on the day will be just grand too.

On the day of the Festival, we’ll need a pile of yarn for visitors to make contributions so any yarn donations will also be gratefully received in advance or on the day. Same as above for handover arrangements.

A note about colours

While it would be very authentic to keep to natural sheep colours of cream with brown and grey, we really don’t care – the Craft Reactor sheep is a multi-coloured party animal!  Use anything you have and join in!

That’s the nuts an bolts of it.  If anything isn’t clear email us at – otherwise see you at Hula on 5 March or the Festival on 16 March.

Happy pompom making!


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One Response to “Sheep for a Day at Edinburgh Yarn Festival”

  1. [...] and Rachel & I ran all around chatting and browsing.  By the time I left, the cow which the Craft Reactor folk where working on had completely been transformed into a sheep!  Fantastic [...]

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