Well, that’s it for another year. Woolfest has been and gone. I had a great time and I’m sure so did everyone else who went there.
For those who don’t know – Woolfest is an annual event held just outside Cockermouth (don’t laugh!) in Cumbria. I think this is the eleventh year it has been run, but don’t quote me on that. It is held in a giant auction mart and there are so many stalls there, selling all sorts of things, from clothes, to animals, to fibre, to wheels, to tools, to anything woolly you can think of.
I really enjoy seeing the animals here. I now desperately want an angora rabbit, especially an orangy, beige one.
The sheep are a definte bonus too! Here are some Herdwicks, some sheared, some not. (First time I haven’t bought a Herdwick fleece this year, but I have one in the shed ready to be washed).
I think this gorgeous guy is an Exmoor Horn ram. He had a sign on the pen saying ‘I am a lovely boy, but sometimes I can get grumpy, so please don’t put your hands in the pen!’
My favourite – North Ronaldsay. It’s a fairly coarse fleece but I like it for the history and unusual eating habits of the sheep. They graze on the beaches and eat seaweed. We used to have some when I was little so they make me feel all nostalgic when I use the fleece.
Some photos of inside –
This stall had a lot of X fleeces, including Merino X Shetlands. Quite expensive, so I didn’t buy anything from this stall. It was here when I was looking through a pile of fleece packs that I helped a German lady with understanding the prices here. It was the highlight of my day helping her, in GERMAN. (I love the German language and would LOVE to chat to people in German, but no-one around here speaks it!)
Look at the size of this drum carder!
I was fascinated by this huge loom.
Joe’s Toes – A stall specialising in making slippers out of felt. You could buy the seperate pieces to sew together.
It doesn’t look very busy here, but at some points it was very crowded.
I love the little fat sheep at the bottom of this picture.
So, what did I get?
I think I was maybe a bit more restrained than last year… no… no, I wasn’t. I just spent less at Wingham Wools as I have a massive box filled to the brim full of fibre! I spent a lot less on raw fleece but still seemed to come back with as many huge sacks.
I bought (what I can remember, the fleeces are now in the shed) –
- North Ronaldsay grey/brown fleece
- Black badger fleece
- Shetland X Hebridean fleece
- Hebridean fleece
- Soay fleece – (£1!!!!)
- Jacobs fleece
I think there was another but I can’t recall what it is. I also got loads of bits which you can just about see in the picture.
I’ll explain these soon when I finish this post.
xXx Love Kais xXx