I love the fact that are so many fabulous knitting and crafting shows in the UK. I can’t get to Woolfest this weekend as I’m going hiking in Derbyshire with a group of girlfriends. Well, I say hiking – the plan is that we will walk 10 miles on Saturday and 12 miles on Sunday but the converted barn we are staying in looks luxurious and has its own hot-tub so we’ll have to wait and see whether the call of the hills is enough to drag us away – I’ll let you know next week!
I am going to be at three knitting shows this year, though. The first is Fibre East at Redborne School and Community College, Ampthill, Bedfordshire on the 25th – 26th July. This will be my fourth year at the show (although my first as Wool Zone) and, as always, I’m really looking forward to meeting up with lots of familiar (and some unfamiliar) faces. The show is a great mix of trade stalls (over 100 at the last count), demonstrations (the sheep-shearing is not to be missed) and ‘have-a-go’ sessions to get you started on a new craft or develop more skills on an existing one. The show is housed in the college and in marquees in the college grounds. I’ll be in the Cotswold Marquee so please come and say hello. Advance tickets are £7.00 per day for adults and £3.00 for children 5-16. Weekend tickets are £12.00 and there are group discounts. Advance tickets are available until 14 July from www.fibre-east.co.uk
September brings us to Yarndale in Skipton, North Yorkshire. on the 26th and 27th September, Skipton’s Auction Mart is transformed into an exciting and inspirational market place for yarn lovers with over 180 exhibitors “keen to share their passion for all things woolly”. The organisers’ aim is “to create a little slice of woolly paradise” and I’m delighted to be a part of that. Every aspect of the yarn journey will be represented, from the woolly animals themselves, through the various stages of production to the beautiful finished products. During the weekend, more than 7,000 visitors are expected to flock to the town and I do hope you can be one of them. Advance admission tickets are £8.00 per day or £14.00 for a weekend ticket. Under 16s are free provided they are accompanied by a full-paying adult. More information and tickets are available at www.yarndale.co.uk
One other date for your diary – Saturday 14 November for Festiwool at North Hertfordshire College in Hitchin. More information will be available soon.