Saturday, 23 June 2012

Wonderful Wet Woolfest

Yesterday I went to woolfest for the first time. I am sorry that it has taken me 10 years to get there as it is such a wonderful collection of all things wooly.

Held at a cattle market in Cockermouth , it was a perfect venue , even with the constantly pelting rain hammering down all day on the tin roof. Inside , one ring was used for animals and the history of British sheep breads , whilst the other held this collection of small rather more colorful sheep.


In the stalls it was possible to buy every variety fibre known to me at least , I came away with lleyn, Gotland , Jacobs , manx longton plus a small fleece of blue faced Leicester crossed with swale dale. What fun I am going to have with all these!! There were silks and threads , pattern , beads , button , crochet hooks and needles, everything you could imagine and more besides to buy or just to look at and dream.

My sister learnt to do broomstick crochet , and bought one extremley large knitting needle to act as the broomstick. I await with interest seeing a finished garment from this technique.

I thought the hand dyed yarns from Edencottage yarns were lovely and treated myself to a skein , called lupin, to make a shawl.

Best of all was a visit the Artybird stall. I was proud to be part of the creation of such wonderful display with my small piece of felted pinkness.



Meeting Kate and seeing her warmth an enthusiasm at first hand was great and overall I was inspired.


I drank tea with my two sisters in laws , who are old hands at Wollfest and professional wool event visitors with stashes to match and at the end of the day met an old knitting friend from Yorkshire and enjoyed reminiscing about the good old days of our knitting club.

All in all a good day and one I hope to repeat next year.











1 comment:

  1. I bet you bought LOTS and LOTS of nice stuff !
    Ahhhh Jane, that must have been really good to finally meet Kate in person !!!
    Hey, great your sister is learning to crochet with her broomstick (must be totally different from flying !!!)