Sunday, July 1, 2007


I feel that I know the M6 intimately. Having taken 6.5 hours to travel the 250 miles to Cockermouth, I was so pleased to arrive at Six Castlegate, my B&B. It was everything a good B&B should be, friendly and welcoming and comfortable and homely. It was a lovely evening despite the forecast, but I had arrived later than anticipated, so nowhere open to browse in, but I did find a little Italian restarant, and yes, indeed, senora DID want another glass of Pinot Grigio with her penne arabiatta! By the way, do you know what the most welcome word is on a motorway? No, not services, END, in big orange letters, when you've taken an hour to do 3 miles, END is a very welcome word indeed!

I had an early start on Saturday - 4:50 to be precise! A combination of light mornings, traffic noise and anticipation. So I knitted and I read, and eventually went down for a FABULOUS breakfast. They also packed me a wonderful lunch - honestly, it was very good indeed.

So I drove to Woolfest, parked, got in the queue and heard a yoohoo and who should it be but Badger and Alicat, and also a little further down the queue Wye Sue, Badger and Alicat very kindly offered to share their day with me, and great company they were too - thank you both, I had the best day. Badger was so busy with her photos, I almost forgot to take mine, but I met Artyfartykat, Acrylik, Woolly Wormhead, and loads of lovely people. My photos aren't the best, Badger has fab photos on her blog, but here are a few.

Fun on Felt

Mr and Mrs Yarnyard


Some lovely bright stuff

The Natural Dye Studio


My modest S.E.X!

It was a fab day - and thanks again to everyone for making it so special. I had a lovely evening of Dr Who, followed by anther Italian, but a different restaurant this time - I am of an age where I can't walk into pub on my own, not even to eat, a restaurant seems more proper somehow.

Another early wake up this morning - a disturbance over the road, but not to worry. Breakfast was HUGE and wonderful and off I set. I REALLY wanted to get home and see my family.

And now to home, because while I was spending today trying to get home my two DS's were running for Acorns children's Hospice in the Great Malvern Triple Run DS1 ( on the right ) in the half marathon and DS2 in the Spring Run. Conditions underfoot were dreadful by all accounts, some of the course was still under flood water and in the end the half marathon course was shortened slightly but they did it and I am very proud of them.

DS1 and DS2 - 9 years between them, but aren't they fab!

On the move

DS 2 is there somewhere!

And here!

All in all a great weekend, but tonight I feel like Dorothy - there's no place like home!


LadybirdLinz said...

Doesn't woolfest look wonderful...i'm a little more green...sort of border 'chartreuse ;)

Looks and sounds like you had a fab time!!!!

'waves' to the lads...well done you two...nice to see ya :D

Badger said...

Glad you had a good day - it was definitely a fun place to be!

Seahorse said...

So glad you had a good time at Woolfest, despite the lengthy journey! Huge well done to your boys. Think there must have been a good influence somewhere ;)

Knitbert said...

I'm glad you had a great day Aknita, and what lovely photos. I didn't quite make it in the end- will explain all on my blog!

Piglottie said...

Lovely pics Aknita! And I'm glad you had a safe journey. You should be proud of your boys, what a wonderful thing to do.

PS: Waving frantically to Mr and Mrs Yarn Yard :)

Spinayarn said...

Glad you had a lovely time and lots of good company. Maybe next year I will be able to go.Well done to your sons too : )

Auntie Noo said...

Wow what an exciting post! Firstly huge congrats to the boys on their runs - wow in that weather ???!!!!! Impressive!

All the woolfest piccies look superb and I'm annoyed that I didn't work a bit harder at sorting out going...... Everything looks lovely and it's great to see some familiar faces!!! (and yarns!)

Wye Sue said...

My journey home was 6 hours and that was long enough...
Glad you enjoyed your day, I will be in touch soon - promise !!

Hawkesley said...

Woolfest looks like a great place to visit. I enjoyed looking at your photos and ogling all the yarn!!

Well done to both of your lovely boys!

Jo028 said...

Great Woolfest pics, it looks like a fab day out. Glad you enjoyed it. Did you get any new stash? Well done to your 2 boys too :)

Aknita said...

Jo I completely forgot to post a photo of my modest purchases so have added one!

Sue - you had a long journey home - I hate that M6 sometimes!

Christina said...

lovely photos and some very nice yarn there too. I'm very envious we couldn't go, but DH has just looked at the amount of yarn you and badger each bought and is very glad he didn't get time off work!!! I can't wait till the crochet course now, I promise to forget everything I know by then!! ;)

well done to both your DS's.