Monday, 28 June 2010

Woolfest 2010...

It was Woolfest at the weekend! A great event (as always) with lots of exciting things to see and buy. My hands must have been full of shopping most of the time because I don't seem to have many photos of general goings-on. Head over to the Woolfest website to see their gallery for a pictorial overview of the event.

I do of course have some pictures of sheep. Here are some lovely Portlands...
Portland sheep 2

and some Teeswater sheep (mmm... juicy curls!)
Two Teeswater sheep

A very cute coloured Ryeland lamb called Nutmeg...
Nutmeg the coloured Ryeland lamb
(how do they see with those fluffy faces?!)

And finally, an impressive display of Manx Loaghtan horns...
Manx Loaghtan sheep 1

I did get a few non-sheep photos too. Here's Ade with his favourite kind of spinning wheel, a Great Wheel...
Ade and the Great Wheel

Some natural dye plants on one of the stands, with a jar of lovely red madder roots in amongst the foliage...
Dye plants and madder in a jar

We saw a fleece sorting demonstration by Sue from the Natural Fibre Company...
Fleece sorting demonstration

The things I learnt from the demo will hopefully come in useful as I work my way through the *cough*four*cough* raw fleeces that I bought! :D

More raw fleece and Woolfest stash news in my next post... :)

Monday, 7 June 2010

Woolfest is coming...

Its not long now till Woolfest and I'm really excited already! I've been several times before (I think I've only missed one year since the event started) but that doesn't seem to make it any less exciting...

Last year was particularly good and resulted in me bringing home a huge stash of goodies! :)

When I was on Ravelry recently I noticed that one of the Woolfest organisers was offering people some car stickers to promote the event so I quickly got in touch to claim one and now have a reminder of the excitement to come later this month every time I open my car boot...
Woolfest car sticker

Aaargh! I can't wait! :D