Sunday, 29 April 2012

Wonderwool Wales 2012

My goodies from Wonderwool Wales yesterday!

  1. Hooking kit for me to do with my daughter.
  2. THE bag.
  3. Yarn Addict pretty shawl pattern.
  4. 3 skeins of cobweb mohair from Artisan Yarns, to make the Wray cardigan
  5. Plaited fluff from Krafty Koala for spinning.
  6. Sparkleduck’s silk/merino 4 ply.
  7. Natural Dye Studio’s silk 4 ply.
  8. McAnarak buttons
  9. Willo Alpacas orange fluff to spin
  10. WhyNot alpaca 4ply.
  11. HiyaHiya circular
  12. Betty the alpaca (the brown one. I already had Al. From WhyNot Alpacas).
  13. Alpaca (Valerie) fluff from Pembrokeshire Alpacas.
  14. The mystery package in the corner is Bigwig angora/merino 4ply (2 balls).  
I had a wonderful time even though it was soooo cold. 
I tried out a new route (having tried driving previously, then train to Builth Wells from Wolverhampton, which only gave me 3.5 hours at the show. This time, it was train from Wton to Newtown, then bus to Builth Wells. Total journey there = 3 hours 10 mins. It meant I had 6 hours at the show which was great. On a warmer day I'd have sat and knitted for a while, but it was too cold for that. 
I seemed to attract abandoned men during the day. One lovely gentleman was telling me about his family and his wife's crochet. Another one was telling me about his rare breed sheep, chickens, and the alpacas he wanted to buy. 

I felt it essential to partake of a Scotch egg from the Scotch egg man, after all the hype. I selected a 'Valentino', which contained, in addition to the expected egg and pork sausage meat, cranberries. Very tasty. I'll dine there next year too.

It was great to meet in person sellers of goodies I've enjoyed over the last year, and people I've 'met' through Ravelry, blogs etc. It was lovely to meet Lydia (Shearer's Girl) and Amanda from the Natural Dye Studio. 

Although I'd been trying to think of terrible things to do or say to Mr EasyKnitter of Easyknits for lying to me repeatedly over my order from him (yes it was he of whom I spoke in this previous blog post), I satisfied myself by standing in front of his stall and thinking that I would never, ever buy from him again. (Oh and telling a few thousand other people about the experience via the cyberwaves).

See you next year, Wonderwool! And thankyou! It was lovely.


  1. Lovely goodies! Enjoy!

    I hope to make it there next year, although I recall saying that last year too.

  2. What a lovely bunch of goodies. I missed it last year because of work, and was hoping to go this time but just couldn't justify spending out when we're saving hard for a new car. I suppose I could have just kept it down to transport and entry costs but wheres the fun in that, you've got to buy goodies too haven't you?
    Definitely next year.....


  3. It was lovely to meet you too, I'm glad you were able to come, it sounds like quite a journey. Hope you didn't get too cold.

  4. Wow that is dedication over 3 hours there and back, you must have been shattered!?

    What a shame you had a bad experience with Easyknits, I love there yarns and spent over my budget on his stall.

  5. Wow, that's a great haul. Very jealous of the spinning fluff. And thank you for buying from me too. I tried a quick look around the show but didn't get enough time to buy anything apart from a couple of Spin Off mags.

  6. New to your blog...checking out fellow chicken keepers :D