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36 PICTURES: Visitors enjoy a good yarn at the Loch Ness Knit Fest in Inverness

By Ian Duncan

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ORGANISERS have claimed this year’s Loch Ness Knit Fest was the best one yet, with more than 2000 visitors travelling to Inverness from 23 countries.

The popular yarn festival with a Highland twist used a number of venues in the city including the leisure centre, Mercure Hotel and Bogbain Farm over the weekend.

Saturday’s main stage also hosted a fashion show which showed a number of knitted garments for the autumn season.

Visitors were able to participate in craft workshops, listen to presentations or browse the marketplace.

Cairan Macleod, one of the organisers, said the event had gone really well and part of its success was the friendly atmosphere. She added: “They like to come to this one because it’s still got the homely feel.”

Christina Macdonald, who had travelled from Massachusetts in the USA, said: “It’s more than the event, it’s the different place, people, food and experiences the event brings you to. Knit Fest has taken me to a part of Scotland I had never been to before.”

A number of announcements about next year are expected over the next two weeks.

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