Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Don't Panic but...

I'm posting again!! That's twice in one month! It is amid a post-WoolFest excitement that I'm posting but never mind! We had some fantastic weather all weekend and the Thursday night on the campsite there were some lovely clouds and the sunset was truly lovely and kept us all entertained for ages - at one stage it seemed streaked with almost fluorescent pink. And there were shapes in the clouds for us to try and identify too - top left below I sure is a footballer leaping to head the ball!


We started off well with a large group gathering without organisation on an empty pitch next to Mums camper van and this photo shows the evening off well! It was lovely to meet up again with so many familiar faces especially Kath, Becky and Carrie Anne who I'd not seen for 2 years - we will definitely have to do better next time and meet up sooner! The last ones finally called it a night around 11pm - wonder who they were? ;)
And of course we were all excited and woke up early the next day ready to hit the show!

Clockwise from top left: Tony learns Long Draw spinning,
Skye in the van, sheep shearing, the Happy Weaver,
Nadine learns hand-carding, spinning on a Great Wheel, Nadine spins on a Lendrum.

As always there were a load of animals to see and I finally managed to see the sheep shearing which was worth the wait. The lady doing it had a pen full of Rough Fell sheep (the ones with the speckled faces and horns in the feeding trough pictured below) four of which were Hogs (one year olds) and the fifth a large ram with huge spiraling horns who unsurprisingly she left until last! She really did seem to wrestle with the sheep and managed to give a full commentary with all of them other than the ram - definitely a tough job to do. There was also a lady from Denmark doing a workshop on 'Knitting directly from Spelsau fleece' who was fascinating. Pity we couldn't get on her course but we did end up leaving with a bag of raw Spelsau fleece ready to be knitted up at the next Knitting evening - I can't imagine the reaction with myself, Chris and Nadine all sat knitting from bags of fleece but it'll be fun!

Top row, left to right: Angora Rabbits, Rough Fell sheep, Katmoget
Shetland sheep, Herdwick sheep;
Centre Row, left to right: Manx Loughton sheep, Gotland sheep, Hebridean sheep;
Bottom Row, left to right: Angora Rabbit, sheared Alpacas, more Gotland sheep.

The stalls as always were a riot of colour with plenty to inspire and temp you with as always. 'Oliver Twists' were there and after seeing them at WonderWool I knew exactly what I wanted and got it - a sumptuous dyed silk brick in toasty burnt reds on oranges, yummy! I was pretty restrained with my spending coming home with only 1 fleece, some more dyes, a shetland batt, some dyed merino for some felting projects and the softest grey Alpaca/BFL lace weight from 'UK Alpaca's bargain bin - at 70p and 80p per hank I couldn't say no! The only downside to the day was the heat (I was stupidly pig-headed and insisted on wearing my hand spun Green Gable - it was not the day to wear wool!) and the crowds. The aisles do seem narrower than at WonderWool which seems to make the difference in being able to get around the show with ease but at least I wasn't hampered with tonnes of shopping - see being frugal has it's good points!

Clockwise from top left : Wensledale lock Wedding dress,
WoolFest anniversary cake, Freyalyns handspun exhibit,
Shetland 'chocolates' and 'cake', weaving, FeltStudioUK, handknit waistcoat, Oliver Twists,
WoolFest 'shed', handspun yarns.


Nadine and Chris were there from the New Brighton Knitters and I ended up going back to the show on the Saturday with Nadine before picking Chris up from her course. Its was fun going round the show with a 'novice' spinner (she is improving daily!) and seeing her face light up with it all and pointing out all the bargains and stopping her unintentionally shop lifting in Winghams although it was pointed out that most people would try to steal cashmere rather than light grey herdwick!
But for me the bits of the weekend which were most fun were spent sat at the camp site knitting and spinning with like minded people and making new crafty friends even if it did involve late nights!

All in all a really fun weekend which I'd happily do all over again as long as the temperature was turned down a bit! There has been more knitting completed and started but I'll not go into details with those now, after all that could be the basis on my next post!

17 comments:

Caroline M said...

Show us the brick then! The sunsets look lovely, I think your footballer has wings too.

I couldn't go this year and I've been having stash management issues so I would have felt too guilty to buy anything anyway.

acrylik said...

It was wonderful to see you again :) And yes, hopefully it won't be so long next time :) Love all your pictures!

Aknita said...

I simply cannot believe that I spent two days at Woolfest and didn't see you.

Must.Try.Harder!

Linda said...

Fabulous, all of it! That sky is beautiful.

Sarah said...

Oh it sounds like SO much fun

Mrs J said...

Must try & make it next year...and camp! All sounds fab!

clarabelle said...

Glad you had a great time, Kath! I'm well impressed with how you've arranged the photos on your blog - obviously, I'm missing something on Blogger!

Mrs J said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog! I suspected as much! The Sublime fluff stuff is currently wrapped up and restricted to outside knitting!

Artis-Anne said...

great pics hun and it was a lovely weekend all in all wasn't it ? Maybe next year I will see more of the show than this year :(

Alison Friday said...

I hope to make the wool fest one of these years. looked fab. I like how you set out your pictures for your blog.;-)

abc said...

GOOD!!!................................................................................

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