Well, this weekend just past I was able to go to Wonderwool in Wales. One of my work friends decided about a week ago that she needed a yarn fix and had saved up her pennies, and so I felt it was rude not to go with her. It was also a chance to see my thank you shawl and the bobble wrap displayed in all their glory on the Unbelieva-wool stand, and I was very proud to see them there in amongst the other wonderful shawls.
Wonderwool was brilliant. We went on Sunday, and we were thrilled to find that it was busy but not too crowded, and that plenty of space had been allocated to the stalls so that you could see what goodies they had, and chat with the stall holders. Everyone was so nice, and we felt very welcome. There were plenty of places to sit and take refreshments (Knitting and Stitch Show, please take note) and lots to see. And the sun shone! We had the best time.
Something very strange happened to me at Wonderwool. I found myself drawn to knitting projects. Knitting. Pointy sticks and all that. And not just any knitting but knitted shawls. I bought the kit to make the Lulworth shawl pattern in purples and greys (it is beyond beautiful), and the yarn and pattern for the Festival Shawl by Caerthan Wrack using the grey and wine red DK pictured above. And a pattern for knitted ‘slox‘ by Rosebuds and Rainbows which was just what I was looking for. But the sudden urge to knit shawls has taken me by surprise. I learned to knit many years ago, so I can do it, but I am so impatient and clumsy that I limit myself to small and simple projects. I just just about do intarsia work, but even that is far from perfect. The idea of knitting shawls has always sent shivers down my spine. But these shawls were special, and perhaps I have OD-ed on crocheted shawls with all the shawl club activity! So I am looking forward to getting stuck into them as a special project, but I need to keep up with my crochet work at the same time. Happily, work is motivating me to do a lot of yarn related activity at the moment (i.e. it is horrible and stressful) and so I am whizzing through projects.
So, I treated myself to a Doctor Who project bag for my new knitting projects (Welsh memorabilia). And on the way out we sort of fell in love with the 25g mini skeins of DK dyed by Moonlight yarns in the nicest shade of soft purple/grey I have seen in a long time. Happily my companion had already spent all her cash by the time we spotted them, so they had to come home with me. Watch this space for their reappearance in a project near you soon!