Woolfest Lucky Dip

Thanks so much to everyone who took part in the swap, we had an equal number of people who went to Woolfest and people who couldn’t, so everyone got matched up!

Several swappers have blogs – here’s a list – go take a look and meet some lovely new bloggers.

Random Wooliness

Frayed at the Edge

Mousy Brown

Lynne’s Pattern Parlour

A Little Bit of Wooliness

Birds in the Attic

And, the winner of the Give Away was Lansingerland, I can’t show you her goodies as her parcel is still in the post. I’ll pop up a photo next week.


Woolfest Lucky Dip and a Giveaway

Knitted sheep at Woolfest 2011

OK, so I know it’s silly to get so excited about my long weekend at Woolfest, but apart from all the yarn I’m planning to buy, I’m most excited about the chance to catch up with friends. Some of them will be having stalls, like Debbie and Vicki, while others are bloggers or customers – even a few pupils – who will just be there to soak up the woolly atmosphere.

I already planned to buy a few goodies for  a friend who can’t make it, then had a little idea … why not invite all of you to take part in spreading a bit of woolly goodness around the blogosphere?

Here’s the plan: If you’re going to Woolfest, sign up to send a little woolly treat for someone who won’t be there.  The only rule is it must be wool or Cumbrian themed and something easy to post. Or, if you’re not going, sign up to post a little something to brighten someone’s day, it could be sweets, buttons, a little something you’ve made. The choice is yours, but this is not meant to be expensive, so think creatively.

After I get back I’ll be in touch with everyone who has signed up to let them know who to post their goodies to. This won’t be a straight swap, you won’t necessarily get a parcel from the person you’re sending yours to and you only have to send one parcel. Please let me know if you’re happy to post abroad too.

If you want to take part, leave a comment here and let me know if you’re going to Woolfest or not.  I don’t need your address, just leave your email on the comment form or let me know your ravelry username or where to find you on twitter so I can get in touch.

Finally, I’ll be bringing back a little Woolfest themed giveaway, everyone who leaves a comment on this post will be entered.

You must leave your comment before 6pm UK time on Friday 22nd June. The  giveaway winner will be chosen at random  on Monday 25th June.

Good luck!

Tracey x

A Few Woolfest Thank You’s …

First of all, yes thank you, Woolfest was  fantastic. Every time I turned round I saw another familiar face and by lunch time my jaw was aching from so much smiling and laughter. The range of stalls was everything I could have hoped for, lots of familiar faces and some new yarn suppliers / dyers I hadn’t come across before. Needless to say I spent too much and came home with the longest wish list ever!

So, back to those thank you’s…

First off, a big thank you to Kerrie from Inside Crochet, who promised to save me a subscriber goody bag and didn’t forget. I stopped off at the Inside Crochet stall as soon as I arrived and introduced myself, I’m glad I did. Kerrie and Wayne were lovely, and my goody bag was filled with all kinds of treats.

I did stop by later in the day to show off some of my purchases – but couldn’t get near enough to chat – so many people browising the magazines and (hopefully) taking out subscriptions. Kerrie’s company publish “Knit” alongside“Inside Crochet”, and also my favourite “lifestyle” magazine of the moment, “Handmade Living” (I’ll be doing a full review of issue 3 very soon – but I’m still busy sewing a couple a projects from issue 2)!!

My second thank you goes to Vikki from Wild Fire Fibres, not only did she let me fondle all her yarn  mind her stall while she went for lunch, she tucked all my purchases under her table as I’d bought more than I could carry – including a gorgeous sock yarn she had dyed the most glorious shade of pink (it’s destined for socks – Knitsister will be proud of me!)

I’ll be doing a few posts over the next couple of weeks telling you about some of the sights and sounds of Woolfest, but can’t end this post without saying a big thank you to all the Woolfest organising team and all the volunteers to helped out on the day. I can’t begin to imagine how much work goes into making Woolfest run so efficiently and yet remain so down to earth and friendly (the friendliest fibre event of the year I would say). Needless to say, I’ll be back next year and hopefully meeting up with some new friends I made this year. Why not put it on your calendar now and come with me? (Third weekend of June 2012).


This week I’m Loving …

Harvesting the first of the garden strawberries …

Admiring the craftsmanship in the wasp nest we found on the hosepipe

The colour themed posts on Knitsister’s Blog – I’m learning so much

Persevering with the 117 rows of 2×2 rib for my latest knitting project in this beautiful yarn from Fyberspates (more pics to follow)

And planning and plotting who to visit and what to buy at Woolfest

Mostly,  I’m loving life – hope you are too.


Woolfest Here I Come!

Photo copyright: Woolfest

To say I’m excited about travelling up to Cumbria on Friday for this year’s Woolfest is a bit of an understatement. In between catching up with old friends, meeting some of my favourite designers and dyers, there might just be time to add to my “Yarn Collection” – please don’t call it a stash – makes it sound like something to be hidden away or kept secret! (…ok so there are some balls of wool, a much regretted purchase of eyelash yarn and a few bits and bobs I bought in moments of madness hidden under the bed, but they don’t really count do they?)

I’m really looking forward to finally meeting Jeni at the Fyberspates stand, so I can tell her in person just how wonderful the new Scrumptious Collection book is and saying hello to Kerrie over at Inside Crochet’s stall, I may even take my latest incarnation of the circles scarf to show her.

Then of course there’s the ewe’s milk ice cream which is just sublime.

We’ll be staying with Mr T’s parents at the other end of Cockermouth, so I’m hoping there will be cake  too and a chance to catch up on family gossip.

If you’re going, look out for me and say hello. I know there are heaps of Fibre + Clay customers going, so do let me know if you’ll be there so we can show off our new purchases.

Finally, a big hurrah to all the members of The Woolclip for organising a fantastic 2 days yet again, I can’t imagine how much work goes into organising Woolfest, but I know how much we all appreciate it and I’m so glad they do it.

Tracey x

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