Sunday, April 28

Wonderwool 2013

Because I always need more yarn (ha!) I took myself and fellow knitwits H and C to Builth Wells for WonderWool. As it had been quite sunny and warm in the car I foolishly left my jacket in the boot (which I much regretted later). 

I did have a plan of two items I wanted to get, but of course once the VISA came out, the red mist descended somewhat. 

I really wanted some not-bamboo DPNs, and picked up these before later spotting metal ones:

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I also wanted a case for my crochet hooks, which turned out to be quite a feat - most folks were selling the (admittedly lovely) Hiya hiya crochet cases, which come with a set of hooks already. 

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I then spotted these gorgeous hand-dyed socks from the Wool Clip:

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I picked up this rather nice sari silk at P & M Woolcraft:

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plus later a book about kumihimo braids and beading (which I forgot to take a picture of). I attended the "sheepwalk" fashion show, much enlivened by one of the chaps almost going headlong along the stage. The people at Tall Yarns 'n Tales have designed a fantastic "spinning pinny" and I thought it would be ideal for the CSM as I always end up with machine oil on my jeans. Mine is black and has pockets at the front, not the side though.

Then there was the obligatory trip to Uppinghams...

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...and I stalked the Mobair stand and came back with this:

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Believe me, if you think that's bad, I could have bought a lot more yarn. I said hello to Andrea of Andeeknits and had a play with an Addi circular knitting machine - surprisingly smooth action despite being all-plastic. No, I resisted - I already have too many knitting machines and they are more versatile anyway. 

The catering was excellent - I had chicken biryani for lunch, a white chocolate, coffee and walnut tart, lemon drizzle cake and a rose meringue. Around 3pm I was getting quite chilly so I ducked back to the car. 

It was a very good day and I'm rather glad it's payday on Tuesday!

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