Woolfest 2012

We have just had a fantastic weekend at Woolfest 2012 at Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth, Cumbria. The aim of the show is to celebrate nature’s finest fibres and there were yarns, fleeces, tops and dyes in adundance as well as spinning and weaving equipment. There were also sheep and other fibre-producing animals, including several rare breeds, all apparently competing to see who could make the most noise – a wonderful sound!!

Sue (the other half of Knit ‘n’ Caboodle) and her husband, Michael, formed the advance party so by the time I arrived with a car full of yarn, kits and accessories, much of the heavy stand assembly had been done and all that was left to do was decide where to put everything. It’s always a challenge as we do tend to bring too much stock with us – we love it so much that we hate to leave anything behind! Still, we got it sorted in the end (although I think we were probably the last to leave on Thursday evening). These pictures show the sock and shawl displays as well as the yarn store:

Knitcol socks in all shapes and sizes

One-ball Shawls and Scarves

Just some of our yarns

On Friday, the first day of the show, the weather was atrocious – torrential rain all day – but it obviously takes more than bad weather to deter knitters and it wasn’t long before the hall was buzzing with activity. So much so, that for much of the day I had to stand in the aisle as I couldn’t get into our stand!!

Saturday was equally busy but, by then, I’d manoeuvred into the corner of the stand so it was Sue’s turn to dance in the aisle! It was another great day – we met some lovely people and also got the chance to catch up with (equally lovely) old friends. We even persuaded one of our customers to model the Rafia Hat for us:

There’s no such thing as a free seat – you have to model a hat in exchange!

It was a fantastic weekend – many, many thanks to Hazel and the Woolfest team for their calm efficiency and superb organisational skills. If you were one of over 5,200 visitors at the show then you don’t need me to tell you how good it was. If you haven’t been before, I would strongly recommend putting it into your diary for next year (28th and 29th June 2013). My only advise would be to start saving now as the range of yarns on show are simply irresistible!