April 26, 2009

Wonderwool the stalls part2 long

After a good nights sleep it was off to Wonderwool for the show itself. Wonderwool is held at the Royal Welsh showground
It is held in conjunction with a food festival. Sadly I didn't get to try or purchase much of the food due to leaving early. We did sample the crepes though.
The food provided on site was first class and all the plates/cutlery/cups etc were recyclable. Least ways from the caterers. Not sure on the food festival people, certainly the crepes were in a polystyrene type of cone that wasn't:( Shame when the caterers were doing their bit.

There were lots of stalls, we didn't photograph them all but here are a selection of my favourites. This is Artisan yarns as you can see, lots of colour. Well lots of colour everywhere:)

The Woolclip organise Woolfest, my favourite festival. Their stand had a marvellous range of goods for sale, all made by members of the cooperative from Cumbria.

The Button Lady, you have never seen so many buttons in your life:)
FreyaLyn who's stall was alongside the Button Lady. Don't they look fabulous? Freyalyn does the most gorgeous handspun/hand dyed yarns
There were animals, including these fluffy bunnies:)
The incredible Prudence Mapstone, I love her work and I was really sorry not to be able to go on her workshop
Sue at the Old Piggery, every time I went by her stall was packed. No wonder when you saw what she was selling
Raggedy and Wench who recycle clothing in the most imaginative way as you can see from their outfits.
Uppingham Yarns, a treasure trove of cones and fibres.
The side of Prudence's stand.
Sally Pointer who creates wondrous hand felted hats and more. Just check out her own hat:)
Lisa First4yarns who had a bowl full of Ravelry badges for those who needed them
Phillippa of Wheeldale Woolcrafts
House of Hemp
Maylin on the Tricoterie stand. I have known Maylin online for several years now and this was the first time we had met. She was exactly as she sounded and I felt we had known each other for ever:) Her stand was stunning so much colour and so much beckoning to me. Did I purchase anything? You will have to wait and see.
Ippikin, look at those hats and bags.

Undy yarns complete with knitting machines.

The threshing barn, I love the flags.
The lovely Jeni of Fyberspates
Andy of Bluefaced.com He had wonderful yarn and fibre to dye.

Krafty Koala, Gemma and Nic relaxing after the trauma of a locked cash box with no key:)
Gill from Woolly workshop putting the finishing touches to her stand
This fantastic lady is EwaKuniczak, as you can see from her outfit she makes wonderful felted items:)
UK Alpaca
Natural Dye Studio
There were weaving looms and very large spinning wheels.
Just look at the colour on Oliver Twists stall
Debbie fromDT craft and design.

Anyone for tea?

Winghams, a rainbow of colour

You could even buy plants to dye with
An overview of part of the food section.
Some fluffy things:)
And what you can make with other fluffy things:)
The Laal Bear, a veritable treasure trove of yarny things that included hand dyed yarn,hand spun batts, sock blockers and much much more.
Well I hope you liked my brief view of Wonderwool 2009, more to follow

12 comments:

Priestess~Harper said...

So envious . . . . And great to see my friends Sue from the Old Piggery and Sally Pointer, whose hat I wear with pride! :)

Priestess~Harper said...

So envious . . . . And great to see my friends Sue from the Old Piggery and Sally Pointer, whose hat I wear with pride! :)

Blue Witch said...

Wonderful - thank you so much for posting all the photos. Lovely to see.

Elizabeth said...

Great photos! I didn't take any this year at all. It was good to meet you, and I hope to see you again some time.

TutleyMutley said...

My goodness: I never saw half of these stalls, and I was THERE!
Excellent pics...

NeedleDancer said...

Ahhh... you make me long to leave the States behind. What a wonderful event. Stitches has nothing on that! but we can't really show you, because Stitches doesn't allow cameras on the Market floor. (go figure)

Sue 'Poppie' Simpson said...

So glad you had a good time :o)
And a copy of Cakes and Ale....Had to get my cope out to find it, but Page 102 Natures Sense of Humour. Not sure whether it's supposed to be funny, but I couldn't stop laughing!

See you VERY soon,
Love and Bright blessings,
Sue xxx

enthusiastic crochetoholic said...

Thank you so much for putting all of these photos on the blog. As you know I wasn't able to go this year and so I feel like I was there through your blog. I think I would have loved the Prudence Mapstone stall. I am hopeless at scrumbling and am in awe of people who get it right.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos! I'm so envious but I will try to get there one year. Thankyou for bringing it to life for those of us unable to attend.
Sue (Rug-Wraps)

Sue172 said...

Fantastic photos, wish I could have been there. Thankyou for bringing it all to life!
Sue172 (rug-wraps)

Mandella said...

Thanks for posting so many photos. It really gives a sense of what it was like to be there.

debg said...

How fantastic. Thank you for showcasing all those stalls. It has certainly made the Knitting Noras decide to organise a "jolly" next year. We are going to Woolfest in June, but the few of our group (who you met at Wonderwool) have told us it's well worth a visit I almost feel I was there!