Festival Knitting @VillagePump

I have just returned from a fabulous weekend at the Village Pump Folk Festival at Trowbridge. The music was terrific, the other traders and festival-goers were really lovely people and, to cap it all, the sun shone. John and I arrived on Thursday evening to set up the Knit’n’ Caboodle stall (Sue didn’t come to this one but will be at Towersey in August). I think we were the last traders to arrive – in fact Cathy (one of the organisers) had almost given up on us, but we’d been allocated the perfect spot. We were able to pitch our tent behind the stall but the absence of luxury in our accommodation was more than made up for by the glorious setting:

Not exactly 5 star luxury

But what a view….

We were positioned at the end of the row of traders and immediately next to the Club Tent. This marquee hosted a series of performances including open mic sessions and workshops so I was entertained all day with some splendid music. I only managed to sing one song – I was principally there as a wool peddlar, after all – but John (self-styled KnC logistics and admin support) was able to play his guitar and sing all day. He joined forces with new and other experienced musicians and by Sunday’s Open Mic Session, they performed as a band, Last Minute Dot Com, to rapturous applause:

Last Minute Dot Com’s inaugural (and possibly only)

performance!

There was lots of other activities over the weekend including stilt-walkers, story-telling. clowns and Morris Dancing:

It’s Morris Dancing, but not as we know it…

There were lots of trade stalls selling a wide variety of goods including clothes, jewelry, garden furniture from reclaimed wood and fairly wings. Fairyglass were my immediate neighbours and they gave me loads of really helpful advice and some delicious chocolate brownies – thanks guys. I also got a lovely souvenir of the festival from my next-but-one neightbours – my first ever Jagua tattoo (like Henna but black rather than brown).

I was delighted by the response and interest in the Knit ‘n’ Caboodle stall. Luckily I had taken needles as well as yarn as lots of customers not only bought yarn but started knitting straight away. This lovely lady (whose name I sadly did not record) wins the prize for festival  knitting as she made and wore not just one but two ruffled scarves during the weekend:

Saturday’s scarf completed

Issue 10 of Knit Now is inspired by Festival Knits and includes some great designs to wear at festivals or to take with you to knit while you’re there. If this weekend’s experience is anything to go by then there are lots of us who believe that music is the ideal accompaniment to knitting – or should that be the other way round?

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