Home and dry….

We had a great weekend at Southwell Folk Festival – despite the cold, wet weather! I didn’t expect to still be wearing my thermals in June but I was very grateful for them yesterday. Still, it didn’t dampen our spirits and the organisers and festival stewards worked extremely hard to keep everything going. Particular praise is due to the stewards responsible for keeping the toilets clean and fully functioning for the whole four days – true dedication to duty!

The Knit’n’ Caboodle stall was based in the craft tent and seemed to be positioned on a forty-five degree slope so setting up proved to be a bit of a challenge. By Monday we had to prop the front of the table – thanks to Dave for supplying the wood!

wellies on – ready for the rain!

It was great fun to mix with so many lovely crafts-people selling an eclectic mix of products including record clocks, jewellery, pottery, leather goods. handmade shoes and some gorgeous felted blankets.

Music and textiles – a fabulous combination

There was also a fantastic range of musical instruments and every so often we were treated to an impromptu music session. At one point on Saturday evening we all joined in a lively rendition of ‘You are my Sunshine’ – very appropriate, given that the rain was hammering on the marquee roof! We also got to hear some of the great music being performed in the main marquee by Jools Holland, Breobach, Dougie Maclean, Isla St Clair, Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings and many others.

As always, it was great fun to meet old and new friends of Knit ‘n’ Caboodle. The best sellers this weekend were Butterfly and Papillon yarn to make ruffled scarves. These scarves can be made in a couple of hours and look really effective. The yarn comes in a wide range of colours to suit all outfits:

Papillon scarf as part of an amazing black and white Morris costume

Other very popular choices were Wendy Happy with our Shawl from One Ball pattern and Knitcol for socks and mitts, which became even more in demand once the cold set in. On Sunday, I was even persuaded to part with some of the sample socks and mitts so that people could get warm. So much for flaming June!  Now I’m home and dry, the remaining stock is packed away and I’m already planning what to take to the next festival – what a great way to spend the summer come rain or shine!

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