The weather certainly wasn’t on our side when we drove through the pouring rain to Ampthill in Bedfordshire on Friday evening. We were heading in convoy to Redborne Community College for Fibre East – I was driving the transit van full of wool and John was driving ‘Snowy’ (our camper van and my home for the next two nights). The heavy rain continued whilst we unloaded the van and set up stall in one of the marquees in the college grounds. By the time we’d finished I was cold and damp and a bit-downhearted. But, as Scarlet says in Gone with the Wind, “tomorrow is another day” and, sure enough, Saturday dawned bright and sunny ready for the start of the show.
Fibre East is a wonderful weekend with lots of woolly delights and fun activities for all the family. I was in one of four big marquees and there were lots of other stalls in the college. There were also events going on outside including the fabulous Sheer Sheep Experience – a spectacle not to be missed!
The rain just couldn’t keep away and Sunday was cold and wet but that didn’t deter the enthusiasm of the knitters and crocheters who came to the show. The thing I like most about knitting shows is the chance to meet so many lovely people. Many of the visitors come year after year and it’s nice to catch up on what has been happening. Others are first-timers and it’s great to see them light up as they get inspired by all the potential projects on offer. I never cease to be amazed by the high quality of yarns and crafts on display – there is a real buzz from so much creativity and, as a shop-keeper rather than a producer or designer, I’m delighted just to be a part of it all.
As I was on my own (John returned to Oakham to man the shop on Saturday), I didn’t get much of a chance to look round the show (I think my bank manager will be relieved by that) but here are some pictures of my stall to give you a flavour. More general photos will be posted on the Fibre East webpage (www. fibreeast.co.uk) in the near future
I’m already looking forward to the next show which is Yarndale in Skipton on 26th & 27th September. Find out more at www.yarndale.co.uk