Last weekend was Wonderwool Wales and so Heather and I packed up and drove deep into the beautiful Welsh countryside. I think Wonderwool has to be one of the friendliest shows I have exhibited at, AND THE FOOD!! What a choice there was. Heather is vegetarian and I will eat just about anything (although I have certain stipulations when it comes to cheese) and we were both more than well catered for, yum yum!
As you can see the stand was larger than expected and we worked hard to make it look as full as possible, I was rather pleased that we could attach the washing line of clothes from Knit Me, Dress Me, Love Me to the stand itself, it made an eyecatching display it was lovely to see it making a lot of people smile.
The little nests you can see were an absolute bargain from Waitrose post Easter. Originally £4 for one tiny and one not so tiny, reduced to just 50p! I do get very excited about getting a bargain and they were just perfect for the birds.
The two cosy birds in the first picture are the Lovebirds I made for Erika Knight using her gorgeous British Blue Face Leicester DK. We have a few kits left from the show which I have just put up on the website.
I love the shows we exhibit at, there is nothing quite like it, meeting lots of lovely people and catching up with other exhibitors who we may only see a few times a year, but have become good friends. The other bonus of course is… SHOPPING!!
I was very restrained at Wonderwool (I know, unusual for me). I bought some amazing buttons from Maggie and Colin at The Textile Garden, the shell buttons are for a shirt dress and the cute little hand buttons are for a shirt – when I find the right fabric to go with them.
The show was rather chilly but at least gave us the chance to wear ALL our knitwear – at the same time. It was also the first outing for my new sweater design. I’m really looking forward to having it ready for test knitting and I also need a name for it, all suggestions welcome! (p.s. I hate having my picture taken). It is knitted using Merino DK yarn from La Bien Aimee in ‘Pop Grunge’.
Next year Wonderwool has a wonderful plan, to have a ‘Curtain of Poppies’ all knitted, crocheted and woven by volunteers – each poppy will represent a person from the UK who lost their life in the First World War. I am definitely going to make a few and if you would like to help HERE is a link with more information and a selection of poppy patterns available to download.
If you are considering a visit to Wonderwool next year, you should, there are roughly 250 exhibitors, lovely food, friendly knitters and beautiful countryside, what more could you want!
Happy Knitting and Gin drinking… Sue x