Yesterday morning, at the crack of dawn (OK a slight exaggeration since at this time of the year the crack of dawn is at about 330am but it was 6am) Louise, Laurence, Andrea and I left to make the 400 mile round trip drive to Cockermouth in the Lake District to go to the 5th annual Woolfest.
The location: Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth
The reason: hundreds of mad keen fibre fanatics want somewhere to see an buy all that great yarn and fibre
It's a great place to see lots and lots of happy fibre fans and to see what's new in the world of knitting, spinning, felting and weaving. We saw alpaca, angora goats and rabbits, various breeds of sheep. You could buy sheep at the sheep auction (ok they were of the knitted variety and the auction was raising money for charity); you could watch sheep shearing; take classes and be inspired.
And if you bought too much to carry you could always leave it at the wool creche and collect it later - encouraging you to buy more than you can carry!!! Now that made me smile!
Our favourite yarn store Twist Fibre Craft were there with the best looking stall (we are not biased!) Their biggest seller was pre-felt....white, coloured and hand-dyed.
After our spending our money and before we headed home we took a little drive through the northern corner of the Lake District National Park. We thought it only fitting that we at least see a lake whilst we were in the Lake District.
Here's Louise and I cooling off our tired feet in Bassenthwaite Lake and some cute cottages in the village of Caldbeck - great local ice cream to be had and home of the Wool Clip (the organisers of Woolfest and Social Enterprise of the Year 2009). Definitely worth a visit for a wander along the bubbling stream, looking at the stone cottages and beautiful gardens, watching the local sheep and taking in the fibre goodness at the Wool Clip, housed in a restored water mill.