28 June 2010

Woolfest

I had a flying visit to the Lake District on Saturday for the annual Woolfest at Cockermouth. I left home at 540am to drive to my friend Coral's house (about 20 minutes) and lucky me - she drove the rest of the way. It took us about 3.5 hours (with a much needed stop for some green tea at a favourite service station at Johnstonebridge) before arriving in perfect time to have another tea before the festival opened.


2010 is the 6th annual Woolfest, held at Mitchell's Livestock Centre .....all the stallholders having sheep pens as stalls.....I've been to 5 of the 6 festivals, only missing it a couple of years ago. I've camped with my friend Allyson, made a week's holiday of it with my parents and driven down just for the day before too.


It's always a fun outing - good chance to spend time with yarn addicted buddies and to see what's hot and work out what's not in the yarn world....this year there remained a large amount of sock yarn, roving and felt making wool and lace weight yarn. As always the delightful stand from the textile students at the University of Cumbria inspired and I didn't leave empty handed. I bought 2 skeins of yarn made by a company called High Fibre Design....it's an felted i-cord yarn which I will use to make bracelets. And of course our favourite yarn store owners were there! Hope that Twist Fibre Craft had a good festival!


Here's a selection of all things fibre this year.....



We stayed about 3.5 hours at the Festival before turning round to drive home again!


I had to be at a BBQ at 7pm after all!!




8 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- what beautiful wool (and sheepy!) How lucky to be able to attend. I love all the pretty bright colors!

Fei An said...

Oh, I wish I were there....Yes, you are so lucky to attend.

ibb said...

Wow. Lovely photos...and I adore that long hair sheep.
And now I would be looking fordward for seing what you make with all you bought.

life in yonder said...

so many colours and textures! That's a candy store for yarn lovers!

Hope you are having a splendid summer!

Bethany Hissong said...

Gorgeous photos!! This is yarn heaven! Looks like the perfect trip!!

shisomama said...

wow, it sounds like you had a great time, but i'll have to admit that it looks totally overwhelming to me! i can't even walk into a yarn store and walk out without feeling a bit dizzy. it's just because of my indecisiveness, i guess. what are those pieces on the bottom, cut so they look like a rug?

sr said...

regarding a previous posting, you may be interested to know that there is an original adults clothkits kit (cut out but not sewn)for sale on ebay or in the ebay shop of anglesey _allsorts. The kit is for a pair of brown cotton trousers 12-14.

I don't know the seller, and have no interest in promoting this item, other than I read your blog and that of Anglesey Allsorts.

I enjoy reading your east coast exploits and those further afield,
regards,
ruralreads

Tanja said...

Hey,
I just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog. It's very inspiring. The woolfest looks amazing, I wish I could have been there.
Love from Holland, Tanja