So on Saturday I went to Festiwool for the first time, and I was giving Sam a hand on the Unbelievawool stand. I really enjoyed being on the other side of a yarn stall, and there was really fantastic atmosphere in the room, and it was a great day even though it rained or drizzled all day outside. I met up with Sam the night before, and while I was waiting for her to arrive at the hotel I decided to sit and knit with a cup of tea to pass the time. The waiting staff clearly thought I was some sort of mad, yarn-based bag lady, so I tried to keep my head down and tuck myself away. Then Verity from Truly Hooked came over to admire my brioche wrap that I was working on. A little bit of my brain exploded with excitement, because at the end of the day I am still a yarnie who is more than a little bit awestruck by the yarn goddesses. Except for Sam of course. She is normal, although I am scared of her for other reasons 😉
Anyway, I really enjoyed chatting to everyone and talking about projects etc with the people who came by. One of my Thank You shawls was snaffled to feature in the fashion show, so that was just brilliant and I felt very honoured. I was also massively honoured to meet one of the yarn clubbers, who was also exhibiting as she creates amazing things with felt and was on the stand next to ours. She was such a lovely lady, and I was really touched to have her as one of our gang of shawl makers. In fact she had some of my shawls on her stand for sale so that was really exciting to see – somehow it made all this feel a bit more real and less like a dream. Jackie, I know you read this blog – thank you for your support, I am raising my tea mug to you as I type! I also got to buy some yarn from a new dyer – the skein at the top of the page is a Little French Meadow colourway that looks like it will be perfect for socks. I couldn’t resist it.
I learned so much about exhibiting from that bit of work experience, and I have some more coming up as I am going to help Sue Stratford out with her stall at Harrogate’s Knitting and Stitching Show in a week or so. That is going to be completely different – much busier and more intense, but it is a pleasure to help out a friend who is also going through a career transition. Sue, as you may know, is known for her books of novelty knits but she also runs the Knitting Hut in Woburn Sands. Sadly for us she has taken the decision to close her little shop to focus on her design work, which is the right thing to do but the hut has been such a wonderful welcoming place for us over the years. I live a long way away, but I am a regular (if infrequent) visitor and my daughter has been visiting since before she was born. She usually comes in and a big tray is set on the floor for her to tip all the button jars onto so that she can sort them out and generally play with them. She has even sat in the shop window in the past. So I am very sad to see the shop go and I am glad to spend time with Sue when she needs a hand, to say thank you for all of her support over the years.
In other exciting developments, my village has just started a social group for knitters and crafters. The first session is tonight and I am a bit nervous about going, but I can’t resist the chance to spend a bit of time knitting in a pub. I mean, how special is that?