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!