The weekend before last Heather and I packed up my trusty Land Rover and pootled up the M1 and along the M6 to Junction 13 and the brand new show Wool@J13. Two miles off the motorway and off we went through open fields and farmland, following the signs for the ‘Fun Farm’.
We came across a hive of activity surrounding a large marquee. As we were one of the first there, we had a willing band of volunteers to help us unload and everything was unpacked in less than five minutes.
This set the mood of the whole show, relaxed, cheerful and well organised.
I was glad to have Heather’s help setting up and within a few hours we were blasting back down the M1 homewardbound.
The next day I set off on my own for a weekend in Staffordshire. Slight (huge) panic when I got on the M1 and it said ‘M1 closed between J18 and 19’ but luckily, the sign was wrong!
When I arrived I quickly spotted some of my show friends and managed to purchase a skein of sock yarn from For the Love of Yarn, well, I was on my own all day, so this was my chance to look around! As you can see, I am cracking on with a gorgeous pair of socks (for me)…
The show got off to a storming start and I was busy all day, meeting new friends and catching up with a few people I hadn’t seen for a long time. Everyone was very complimentary about the stand and what I had on offer which was really lovely to hear.
On Saturday I took my trusty pack-up – marmite sandwiches… but on Sunday I treated myself to a ‘Bhaji Butty’ from The Green Canteen which was absolutely delicous. As you can see, the van looked so inviting. There was lots of other lovely food on offer at various stands that reminded me of Green Fields at Glastonbury.
It was lovely to see my friend Clare, especially as this was her first show under her woolly pseudonym The Knackered Psycho!
I bought a few things at the show (would have been rude not to) including a couple of balls of boy coloured sock yarn for my Mum (she only knits socks for my brother) from WoolZone and some amazing herbs from the lovely Urban Herbs. I got six ordinary herbs to replace the ones my chickens have inhaled and then six unusual ones. I’m looking forward to trying the Orange Thyme!
With the show nearly over I was just tucking into my ice cream, kindly bought for me by Julie (Wool Zone) when the marquee went quiet as Ingrid and Val announced the winner of the best stand at the show.
I nearly dropped it when my name was called out, I couldn’t believe it! I was completely overwhelmed, especially as it was voted for by all the visitors to the show.
So Thank you to Ingrid, Val and their team of trusty volunteers (especially the Sandras), I had a smashing time and can’t wait for next year, when I will be proudly displaying my award, although perhaps not with a puppy peeping over the top of my head 🙂
The next event I will be at is my own, The Woolly Moo day on Saturday 10th June in the Memorial Hall in Woburn Sands, to find out more have a look at the website, I hope you can join us!
It’s the perfect weather for drinking gin…