In 2014 we thought it would be great idea produce a high quality print magazine that would accompany EYF 2015, but time ran away from us and we ended up creating a simple, free PDF with festival related info and one pattern. Looking back at it now, it seems like a very simplistic attempt, but It was downloaded widely mostly due to the popularity of Jo's Spring Festival shawl (which is still available for free here). For 2016 we stepped up a few gears and decided to dedicate some serious time to project "FestiMag" (our joking working title!) and produce a professional looking publication to go with our event.
We started to deliberate content and what purpose the magazine should have. There's no question that you will be able to enjoy EYF without buying it. There's no festival information in the magazine that will not be available free on our website (including the exhibitor list and the layout of the marketplace) and our aim wasn't to create something that lost its value as soon as the festival is over. We wanted to create a fun, interesting festival companion with useful content that would serve you well beyond March.
For this edition, it was important for us that the patterns and yarn support were all sourced locally from Scotland. All featured designers will be at EYF and you will be able to buy the used yarns as well.
For the photo shoot we worked with Katie Blair Matthews, our trusted event photographer. Calton Hill was chosen quickly as location, being a landmark in the city centre and a very popular spot to take pictures of our wonderful city. If you have time on your hand for a bit of sight-seeing we urge you to go up and take in the view. You won't regret it. The images in our magazine will not show any panoramic landscape shots, they focus on the patterns.
Becky was the first person we thought of as a model. She is a knitter and we think something about how she models the 6 accessory patterns shows that too. Being rookies at all of this, it became clear that we had some real beginner's luck here. No pulling, fussing or poking would phase her and she did her own make-up - win! Becky will be buzzing around at EYF, so give her a wave if you see her. She's BeckyLee620 on Ravelry. The glasses Becky's wearing are her own creation! ;-)
We'll produce one for 2017, if y'all like this one. Apart from that, who knows? Watch this space.
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