Wonderwool was amazing, as many of you know I took my first holiday this week to go. It was the best way to spend my birthday. My lovely family joined me for 5 days in Wales to take in the sunshine and the sights, I could not have asked for better weather or better company, massive thank you to Mum, Dion and my Aunty Pam for letting me run around the show stopping at every stand, then going round again, over 6 hours of wool whoopee. The men escaped the stayed at home to eat cake.
The show is held at the Builth Wells Royal Welsh Showground in 3 buildings that resemble aircraft hangers. The event showcases a range of suppliers, designers, producers and artists from across the country; it’s a great chance to see new ranges from small hand dyers and new styles that are becoming popular. You can bump into some famous faces and meet inspirational people. For me the atmosphere is thrilling, with scrumptious yarns and innovative techniques in every aisle.
Meeting some of my suppliers was great, I can now put a face to the emails and phone calls, I said hello to the John Arbon team from Lynton their knit by numbers range was selling well at the show and is behind them in the photo below. I had a great chat with Jenny from Fyberspates, who has a new yarn out called cumulus, which is a blend of alpaca and silk, it’s fluffy and warm in great colours, hopefully I will get this on the shelves in a few months. I caught up with the guys at Rooster Yarn who have been a big hit in The Periwinkle since I got their Aran and DK in a few months ago, they have just launched a range of textured yarns on cones… I am tempted, but would you knit from a cone? – Let me know !!
I have made a new connection with Jenny Cook and have put in an order for some of her yummy yarns, she even let me take my first three colourways with me on the day, so pop in to have a look at her hand dyed DK wool, lace weight yarns should be in stock soon. I met a huge range of other potential suppliers including the lovely couple at yarn garden pictured below. So keep your eyes peeled for new stock in 2014
Alongside the stalls was The Giant Textile Books, a few pictures below, these are a project from Alison and Ann Murray who have been raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The display has taken 9 months to sew together and was made with a range of textile crafts from contributions from across the UK, the books are all based on Myths and Mythology. More information about this and previous projects including a 30ft high knitted Christmas tree are on their website: www.all2knit.co.uk
The halls are pretty cold so everyone is able to wear their knitted garments even if it is sunny outside. Seeing everyone’s hand knits around the show is brilliant, you could spend a full day just people watching. Next year if I remember to take my memory card for my camera I might do a best dressed competition with my readers as judges. To top it off they hold a fashion show with garments from the stalls;
Thank you for reading my blog, as you can tell I had a brilliant time, as for the rest of the holiday you I would love to tell you if you get a chance to pop in for coffee, but special mention to No 46 wine bar and the Deli Tinto in Presteigne for outstanding service and great food and drinks. Ans another mention to The Stag Inn, we popped in here on my birthday for dinner, and the food was unbelievably good I have never eaten a meal like it, service was friendly and efficient, this is a must if you are in wales.