Sunday, April 27, 2008

( Wonderful ) Wonderwool Wales

Goodness me, I am having problems with Blogger. It's only taken me some 28 hours, on and off, to post this! Don't hold your breath, but hopefully I can get this posted before I disconnect again! And I will try to get round my usual haunts very soon.

Fist of all, thank you all for your birthday wishes - I added £10:00 to my RFL fund and then two more posts arrived so I owe RFL £2:00 which will be added again, don't worry, as I have some more fundraising plans in the next couple of months.

The winner of my Birthday Draw was Kathryn - Kathryn, I shall leave a post on your blog to let you know, and if you drop me an email at joymivalAThotmailDOTcom with your postal details I shall send a litle something to you from my stash.

For those of you who didn't know, MIL fractured her femur in four places a couple of weeks ago bless her. It was her second fall in as many weeks, she has had it pinned and plated but has been very poorly post operatively. We saw her again yesterday evening, and she is definitely improving. There is a long road ahead, but some light I think. Thank you for your well wishes, they are much appreciated.

And now to Wonderwool Wales. What a wonderful day it was, spent in lovely company too. I had barely arrived when it was down to work ;) a weaving workshop with Maureen Preen. In the photo below are Willow, Kellybears, Daisydap and Ygymraes from the CTNY forum. It was great fun.

I have forgotten who these lovely ladies are, shame on me, but the lady in the pointy hat gave me a spare Ravelry badge, so enabling me to a 10% discount with some vendors.

"Oh look" cried voice "It's Andy Warhol!!!!!" Actually it was Antony Worrall Thompson in the Food Hall! Pop food perhaps ;-)

And just to show you are never too young - the lovely Caitlin, daughter of a cyber friend, is taught how to finger knit by Wye Sue of the Knitting and Crochet Guild. Caitlin made a chain longer than she was while her mum and I sat with a much needed cup of tea. Alison - did Caitlin ever persuade you to buy a skein of Knitwitch yarn for her? You know, the cashmere and silk!!

Purchases below - just one or two! Do you recognise them?

Posh Sophia in 2-ply laceweight to make the scarf version of Anni's Rosebud scarf from the new Yarn Forward Magazine.

Fyberspates Sock Yarn

Hipknits Laceweight Silk

Fyberspates Laceweight - I fell in love with the colours

Posh Yarn Eva - again just look at those colours

Oh, and three skeins of this lovely yarn from Knitting4fun to make felted slippers with. This was a new company for me, but I'll be looking out for them again.

My first port of call though, before I went a weaving, was to Knitwitches this is Silk with Baby Camel, the colour is Mountain Lakes. And if you think this looks scrummy...........

.....this is to die for! At £25:00 this is the single most expensive skein of yarn I have ever bought, it is 65% Cashmere and 35% Silk and is sooooo soft. The colour is Dark Heather. I'm afraid the photo doesn't do the yarn justice .

I also bought cheese. This is cheese heaven, the Pwll Mawr is quite simply the best cheddar I have ever tasted. The Capel Newydd has white wine and garlic in it - yummy!

Sloe Gin and Apricot Liqueur. There was also a free bottle 10cl bottle of cherry liqueur with these two - somehow I can't seem to find it...................

I also bought some handmade soaps and cards, and a couple of future birthday presents.
I can't recommend Wonderwool Wales highly enough. It was quite honestly the best day out I have had in ages, and the best event of it's kind I have been to. I could quite easily have got in the car and headed straight back on Sunday morning. It's so good to meet friends, old and new, and vendors too. I can't tell you what it's like to see so much Posh Yarn in one place.............


Kath said...

It was lovely to see you on Saturday and I know what you mean about seeing so much Posh Yarn in one place - heaven!! That £25 yarn was to die for and beautifully squishy - I'd spent up by the time I saw that! What a lovely haul - have fun playing with it all!

Anni said...

Gorgeous yarn. Love it all. Sounds like Wonderwool was great. Will have to try to get there next year. Perhaps even have a stall. Pics of my Secret Santa spinning on my blog now. The fibre you got me is gorgeous to spin.

Auntie Noo said...

Your purchases are beautiful, and I'm so glad you got to see everyone.

daisydap said...

oops, didnt realise you had snapped me, thank goodness it was far enough away not to see my wrinkles lol.
i didnt see your purchases whilst there, so good to see them now, you have bought some yummy stuff.
btw the pointy hat ladies, 1 of them is called sally and she is from the welsh group on ravelry. she has a sock making machine that i was dying to see but unfortunately she forgot to bring it with her :(

gilraen said...

Oh fabulous pictures!! You could sell tickets for next year on your blog entry alone :)

Georgeous yarns :)

kathryn said...

Oh, how exciting! Thank you for picking my name!

I'm glad you had such a good time at Wonderwool.

Artis-Anne said...

So lovely to meet up again and my what a lovely haul you bought.
I too think it was the best show I have even been to and can't wait for next year

Queen of the froggers said...

I am glad MIL is improving. What a great post seeing all your wonderwool things! I love the £25 yarn.

Aknita said...

Thank you! Kathryn - thanks for your email, I will pop something in the post for you tomorrow.

Daisydap, thanks for the info about Sally, I'm in the Welsh group on Ravelry so I shall look her up on there.

Next year the Saturday WW show will be on my birthday and Mr A has agreed to a joint day out - he will "do" the food and drink while I "do" the yarn. Perfect!

Terri said...

Looks like a wonderful day:-)

Knitbert said...

Looks like a really nice show and a great day out, I shall definitely have to consider going next year!
Beautiful purchases and what a lovely shawl Franney made you, scrumptious!

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous gorgeous yarns!!!! I'm glad you had a great time & indulged a little - you deserve it. And glad to hear MIL is on the mend.

belaybunny said...

what a great haul you have there. I wish I could have come - maybe next year. I'm working on getting to woolfest this june instead ;) Glad your MIL is getting better. that fyberspates lace is gorgeous!!