Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Wonderful Woolfest Weekend (day 2)

Saturday dawned bright and sunny, we just knew it was going to be hot, hot, hot! After breakfast we were once again on our way to buy the things we had missed on Friday!!!!! Again we were early and spent time sitting, chatting and knitting with, surprisingly, the same two women from Lincolnshire we had sat beside the previous day!!!!! Bang on 10am the doors opened and in we all spilled ......where to start, what did we NEED to buy? Spinning Fishwife had been on a spinning theme the previous day so it was knitting things for her. I decided it would be stuff to make christmas presents that would be my main purchases and some things for my secret pals from blogger and knitty. I had also decided NOT to spend much money....ha ha ha, that didn't last for long! I went into Twist Fibre Craft Studios from Fife and bought some lovely yarn to felt into a bag. I have never felted before so I'm looking forward to that project.

At 11.30 there was a demonstration of sheep shearing in the sale ring so off we went to watch. Spinning Fishwife couldn't resist buying one of the fleeces. This is HER sheep being sheared..........

......and this is it laid out once we got back to the camp site!!!!! It is a rough haired fell sheep and she thinks she will spin it and make a rug from it as it is too coarse to knit with.

We also visited Doreen at Scottish Fibres, from just outside Edinburgh. I bought some "secret" things here for my secret pals and some beautiful ebony dpns and rosewood circulars.

We had arranged to meet some friends today, one being my blogger secret pal from the last round, but due to circumstances outwith her control she didn't manage back today and I had missed her the day before. We also met Ruth and Blueadt whom we had previously met at SKIPnorth earlier in the year. Ruth had brought along her Hitch Hiker spinning wheel, the first one in the UK!!!!! We chatted for a while then said our goodbyes and we all went on our merry way.

We went to look at the exhibition stuff, boy was some of it amazing, like this......

............. crochet peacock shawl.......

......and this picture made completely from the flax plant.

Spinning Fishwife couldn't resist the temptation and had a go on this Muckle Wheel which was being demonstrated by medieval re-enactors.

This Muckle Wheel was built by Chris, (seen here in the picture)

and demonstrated by his partner (also in the picture with the wheel)

Now we were getting tired (the heat had finally caught up with us!)and really we had bought EVERYTHING we wanted and some!!!! So it was time to head back to the tent for some relaxing and to look at what we had bought and discuss what we were going to do with it all!!!

We had decided that if it was a nice night we would buy a mega Indian take away and eat it alfresco or if it was raining all 8 of us would decend on the curry house!!! It was a nice night so alfresco it was......

It took up the whole table, but it was excellent and we all enjoyed it.

Once we had eaten all 8 of us placed our purchases out on 2 ground sheets and to be quite honest we were totally amazed at the amount of yarn etc that we had bought!!!!!!

Here are the 8 of us with our purchases.....I dread to think what the total cost for all this was!!!!!!! VERY Scary thought that!!!!!

Since it was a nice night we all sat up till the light faded and we could no longer see to knit. A perfect end to a perfect weekend. We all agreed that, all being well, we would be back next year at the same camp site to do it all again!!!!!!!

Sunday morning saw us all strike camp and say our goodbyes and set off back home.


Anonymous lavendergoldfish said...

That yarn picture is making me envious and scares me at the same time!
Glad you had great time!

btw, you live in a beautiful area, from what I can see in your previous posts.

10:42 am  
Anonymous glittrgirl said...

Yay! A pic of the ginormous takeaway! I had a blast - can can't wait for you both to come down for a Newcastle visit.... ;)

11:10 am  
Blogger peri said...

Sounds wonderful. I am green envy. I will be there next year! - with bells on ;0)

7:47 am  
Anonymous Mazzam said...

Well, Isabel and I had already said we wanted to go again next year. Reading your post has just confirmed our plan, bringing back memories of how great it was.

7:27 pm  
Blogger Woolly Wormhead said...

Yey - loads of great photos! I'm so envious of you all camping, making the most of the weekend.

Great to catch up and see you both! xx

7:02 am  
Anonymous Bobbi said...

WOW!!! What a haul! Thanks for sharing your Woolfest adventure.

11:38 pm  

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