Monday, June 30, 2008

Woolfest 2008

Well, it's been that time of the year again - Woolfest :-) and what a lovely day Saturday was. A true fest of sights and sounds and smells ;-) and a wonderful opportunity to meet friends old and new.

I'd like to introduce you to this wonderful fire elemental, made especially for me by Ambermoggie :-) she is now one of my most treasured possessions, thank you so very much and it was lovely to meet you.

I was very restrained. I went to Woolfest with £100 in cash and was determined not to use my credit card. I had around £4:00 left at the end of the day. I collected my Yarn Forward sub - a great issue this one, and treated myself to some Lantern Moon 2.5mm dpns, a lovely shawl pin from Twistfibre, and some Rosewood 4.5mm dpns from Scottish Fibres.

And my yarnly purchases, from left to right, some Opal Rendez-vous #6 from Twistfibre , superwash Merino/Bamboo from KraftyKoala, two skeins of Lochan Merino/Tencel from The Yarn Yard, Mirage Merino/Tencel from The Natural Dye Studio, Sock Yarn from Fyberspates, and finally a sock project bag in William Morris Honeysuckle print from Nics Knots.

Sorry this is picture heavy - I thought that those of you unable to go might appreciate a flavour of what Woolfest is all about.

It was lovely to be able to sit and listen to some wonderful folk music.

Sheepies ;-)

The Natural Dye Studio

A sock machine in action. There was a wonderful array of things here.

This lovely man and his basket weaving was fascinating.

Spinning in action.

Krafty Koala and Nic

Lou and Kerrie

Fundraising for Breakthrough Breast Cancer

The view from the bridge in Cockermouth

And finally, Tarantella, where we ate on Saturday evening. Wonderful Italian food.

It took forever to get home yesterday via Keswick, Grasmere and Windermere, through some dreadful weather conditions and via MIL in the Nursing Home in Chasetown. But it was a wonderful weekend, and well worth the effort and all the travelling.

And did I say how wonderful it was to meet so many lovely people?


Auntie Noo said...

oooh isn't it amazing how many lovelies you can squeeze into one blog post!! :) - Fab haul... Really glad you enjoyed it.

Wye Sue said...

So good to see you again. I came back a similar route and it took most of yesterday, was so tired I had to stop at Worcester :-(
But I'm home, the washing has been done and the car unpacked and nearly packed again for the weekend.. might see you on Wed or very soon :-)
Could we be ladies who lunch ?

Aknita said...

Oh we definitely need to be ladies who lunch. I will be in touch. ledbury might be a good place?

Paula said...

Looks like you had a great time.

ambermoggie said...

it was lovely to meet you too:)
I am really loving seeing everyones take on Woolfest, keep seeing things I forgot to photograph.
Hope to see you again at something

kathryn said...

I so enjoyed seeing the pictures of your day>. It looks an amazing place, perhaps next year.

And I love that fire elemental - I've not come across those before.

Nevisknitter said...

It was lovely to meet you, nice to see what you got too.
I forgot my camera so no woolfest pics, will show off my purchases tomorrow

kerrie said...

ooh lovely photos, they look great. It was lovely to see you again and I'm thrilled that you loved the magazine. xx

Terri said...

It looks amazing!!!! I WILL get ther one day:-)

WildPurl said...

Oh what a lovely weekend! Super photos - I might try to go there again next year, things just weren't right this year, but it does look so lovely. I'll be at Ally Pally though, so maybe see you there?