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What do you think you see here
That's the Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre – in Cockermouth, Cumbria, UK, and once a year it's the place every fibre enthusiast wishes to be, because that's were Woolfest takes place. I went there last weekend and there was so much to see and enjoy. There were fibre arts to admire
and more sheep
and I thoroughly enjoyed to learn about the different races and what makes them special. There were the sheep that probably were the most photographed ones
and I was kind of amazed how big they are, because I really imagined them to be much smaller. Well, where there are sheep there are fibres
and more fibres
As a non-spinner I imagine it must have been every spinner's dream. There were also angora rabbits (for some reason they refused to be in my pictures) and the moment I fell in love was when I saw these
It might just be the hairdo, but isn't this just a cutie?
Well, at least unless he (or she) is angry with one of the othere alpacas, lol.
So a perfect exhibition for spinners, but also for weavers, hand-dyers, ah, for any fibre lover and naturally also for knitters like me. Knitting Ideas...
and more yarn
and more yarn
and it was so difficult to choose.
There were stalls I visited several times like for example Easyknits.co.uk because there were so many beautiful yarns to admire and chose from.
I just loved John Arbon Textiles’ Knit by Numbers and the decision which shades to combine took quite a while. In the end I went with colours that are completely out of my colour comfort zone. Let’s see what I’ll do with these.
And then there was also Ripples Crafts stand and it was hard not to blow our holiday budget in just one day when I saw Helen’s wonderful colourways, lol. Lizzi’s reasoning ‘It’s always like that: At the beginning of the holiday you have nice meals and at the end it’s fish and chips only’ made sense to me… but since I'm not a fan of fish and chips I'm happy I managed to not fill our tiny car with even more of the stunning yarns (and just for the records, we had hardly left when the moaning about yarns I should have bought, like the lovely orange in the bargain bin, began). Thanks for the enjoyable chat we had, ladies, it made a wonderful day even more memorable.
In short, I had a blast and I wish I wouldn't live 1000 km away and could come back next year. Even though I doubt I'll have everything I bought knit up by then...
If you have a chance to visit Woolfest, don't miss out!