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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Wonderful Woolly Wales

It's been a long week and usually on our day off (Sunday) you'll find us avoiding all things knitty and spending quite some time in the pub...and writing the e-newsletter too (there's never a complete escape from IKL!). This weekend though we made a flying visit to Wonderwool Wales, the festival of fibre crafts held in Builth Wells, Powys. We left London last night (Saturday) and arrived back a couple of hours ago...

Neither of us had been to the show before so even with just the few hours ther we found loads to see and touch. It was especially nice to meet up with some friends who we haven't seen for a while; Eirwen at Knitwitches, Susan and Gavin from knitonthenet, Prudence Mapstone, the KCG, and the Garthenor boys amongst others! Plus, we made the most of the opportunity to meet some more independent yarnies, chat about I Knit Day and get some more inspiration for our own show - and we've got some exciting stuff lined up...
WW is held a vast barn-like construction and featured everything from wool to weaving. Today (Sunday) was much quieter than we expected but that gave us a better chance to look around and have a leisurely wander through the stalls. One of the most encouraging things about the show was the number of local businesses, farmers, spinners, dyers and yarn producers, proving that the industry is far from dying out. Amongst all of this there were some fragrant alpacas, sheep and angora rabbits. So what did we buy....?

Cider and cheese!

Gerard and friends.

Huge thanks to Sally, Justine and Steve who let us crash in their cottage for the night, the game of Kerplunk and the sheepy ale. Here they are first thing Sunday morning...knitting surgically attached to their hands! You can hear about their Wonderwool experince in the next episode of their Miss Flip Knits podcast.

You can see more pics from Wonderwool in our Flickr photostream

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