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.