Saturday, June 25, 2011

Woolly Woolfest!!

Had a rather rushed trip up to Wolfest today as DH had to be back home to do a gig this evening. What an interesting time was had! Started off with a service station stop at the lovely Tebay services as boy was letting us know loud and clear that his wee was coming out!! Who do I spot but none other than Heather from Little Tin Bird!! I knew it was her - I could totally tell from the pictures and it was only after I had called her and introduced my self and said hello etc that I felt a bit of an idiot because although I knew her immediately - poor Heather probably didn't recognise me from Adam. So... Heather... It was lovely to meet you but really sorry if I scared the life out of you lol.

We then missed the turning and carried on up to Carlisle - like you do before realising and heading back. Finally got there and was wowed by all the colour and creativity.

I am very camera shy outdoors but managed to take a few snaps before someone reprimanded me for not asking her first! She thought I might have been a journalist or someone from a magazine or someone who was going to steal her ideas. Quite flattering really. Nuff said. Camera went away till I got to the sheep. They didn't seem to mind. Here's a few of the shots I did manage to take of various outlets and crafty goodness.

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Also saw my lovely friend Carole from Skeins who was helping out with someone else's stall. I treated myself to a lovely handdyed skein of wool for a scarf for the Autumn.

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I got myself a new purse too. Desperately needed one as the zip had broken on mine. Lily got a toadstool brooch and two friendship bracelets.

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I also saw a demonstration on needlefelting and the pictures looked wonderful so I bought myself a starter kit. It's a beach/sea scene - just a simple one - just to start me off.

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I saw some fantastic woven hangings and there are courses held in North Wales so I would love to have a go at that at some point.

Finally, some sheep pics for all you sheep fans. Some of them were really friendly.

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(These are the smallest breed of sheep in the world you know!)

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We managed to stop off in Keswick for fish and chips before heading home. On my return I was really pleased to find that my two books from Japan had arrived! I bought them from this recommended seller here on Etsy called Pomadour24 and true enough, these items did ship fast! I am so happy as one of the patterns is the flowers from the flower scarves I made. So I know I am just going to drool and drool some more.

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The blanket they are laying on is the one I started making last year but had so many ends to weave in it totally frightened me! Over the last couple of nights I plucked up the courage and began to weave those ends in. Just got a couple left to do but it means I can carry on with it now without fear or loathing. Here's a snap of it up to now. Maybe I will get it done for Autumn this year!

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Thanks for staying with me if you're still reading. It is not like me to post so often.

I have been given a couple of blog awards and I will try and do a "Facts about ME" post soon. Have a nice weekend whatever you do.

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25 comments:

Gillie said...

What a lovely day! Loved those crochet flowers. Would have thought a stall holder would have welcomed a journalist for publicity!

Christine said...

Woolfest looks fabulous, and I love your autumn coloured blanket.

Annemarie said...

I'm totally jealous, but very glad you had such a lovely day. Those books look fabulous! As does the blanky. Do you know, I don't mind weaving in ends. At all. Weird, or what?

Rachael xxx said...

Looks like you had a lovely time,Lots of lovely colours in that blanket.

Annaboo said...

Lush, crafty time! Lots of inspiration, I bet.
Xx

Julie said...

A splendid day out, lots of eye catching goodies you snapped pics of.

Autumn blankie if lovely, wont be long till this autumn LOL

Margaret said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful post full of the most wonderful eye candy!!!!! Thank you for capturing all those lovelies at the festival! Love the stuff you picked up too! Those bracelets are very popular with the young ones, aren't they? That autumn blanket. Oh my! It's just gorgeous!!!! You must finish it! I so want to pick up that book with the flower scarf in it that you got. I need to head over to that etsy site.

SarahB said...

Sounds like you had a lovely day!!

Needlefelting is great fun, but do watch out for those needles - they bloomin' hurt!!

S x

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely to share your day with us. I like visiting Keswick, love the baker shop there. Pomadour24 always has a great selection of craft books. I've bought from her twice and both times I've been very pleased with the books.

Aisyah Helga said...

Looks like you had lots of fun that day! Lots of gorgeous yarns for sale that I can see. I wonder how you could resist them all?? Your blanket looks lovely!

valerie said...

Sounds like a great day!

Tatkis said...

Great pictures! Love your new Japanese books, and the crochet blanket looks beautiful!

Best wishes,
Tatyana

Maggie O said...

Thanks for the trip to Woolfest, the sheep and the side trip to Keswick. That blanket is gorgeous and needs to be finished. Well done you!!

Ma Teakettle said...

What a fabulous day you had, Hazel! I am just awed by all of the colors, as I am such a color lovin' gal. I adore everything, and the little crocheted flowers are beyond sweet and your blanket took my breath away.

I adore your purse and can't wait to see pics of your needlefelting, it sounds like fun.

Your pics are just wow!

XOXO
Ma

Brigitte said...

It must have been so great to see all the crafty things t the woolfest. The felted pouch you bought is just gorgeous.
The blanket is absolutely beautiful. I love love love the colours your used adn how you used them.

Cuckoo said...

Oh how funny! I'm sure Heather wouldn't have minded. I commend you for introducing yourself. I'd have been too scared, worried my bloddie might not like me in real life!!!

Think I may have to succumb to those books, I have been eying them up for some time!!

Get going with those ends then you can enjoy your blanket

xxx.

Lisa said...

Looks like you had a great time at Woolfest.
Forgot to ask in my last comment, but can you let me know what the Kaleidoscope App you've got is called please, I used to love my kaleidoscope as a child, think that's why I'm attracted to fractal cross stitch designs nowadays.

Carol said...

Such a fun day, Hazel!! All those lovely, wooly delights and I just
want to take that little black sheep right home with me :)

Your blanket is great--so glad you're almost finished up...

sylviesgarden said...

Woolfest looks great! I need to get over my fear of motorways so I can go to these things.
I'm loving the blanket.
x

Mylene said...

Beautiful pictures and looks like you had a lovely time!!

Louise said...

Oh Hazel, it looks like you had a lovely time! All the beautiful fibers and wool! I would have felt like I was in heaven! :)
Everything you touch turns to gold my friend :)
I want to thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting..I don't get too many comments..and I appreciate yours so much! Makes my heart smile,
Louise in Sunny Florida xx

Allyson said...

lol...I've often wondered if bloggers get recognised in the street! Your description of Heather's reaction made me laugh. I could just imagine the scene! From the description on her blog, though, she was delighted!

Love your yarn-y pictures. That white blanket is just incredible! Wow. Thanks for visting me :)

Sally said...

Looks fantastic Hazel! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Anna van Schurman said...

Glad you wove those ends in because that is a lovely blanket!

Siobhan said...

What a fun day! I just love love love that blanket that you're working on! I will be interested to hear what you think of the needle felting.