I love exhibiting at wool shows; I love setting up my stall and seeing all my wool and kits on display, when they are usually hidden away in boxes, and I love meeting people, meeting the customers and the other stall holders. Everyone is so enthusiastic and all share the same passion for wool craft, whether it be knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving or dyeing. This year I attended 4 wool shows, starting with Waltham Abbey Wool Show in January, followed by Wonderwool Wales and Yarndale and ending with Festiwool.
Festiwool is held in my home town of Hitchin and it is always fantastic to see so many people that I know, there are the people I have taught to crochet, and those that attend my Crochet and Cake group and the Charity Blanket group, and of course, the lovely ladies of Hitchin Stitchin. I think I spent the whole day chatting and catching up with friends. Thank you to everyone who stopped by my stall and said hello!
It is always incredibly difficult not to spend all my profits at the other stalls and I did buy a couple of things from Manfield Crafts, The Knitting Shed, who were both opposite me and Spinspired, but I can’t show them here as they are Christmas presents! It was also lovely to be next to my good friend Jane, from GardeningWitch Designs, who was selling some wonderful project bags, shawl pins, cards and aprons (just like the one I was wearing at Festiwool!)
I could see that lots of people were planning ahead for Christmas, buying gifts for knitting and crochet friends or getting the wool to make beautiful shawls, hats and gloves to make and give as Christmas presents. I was really proud to have my Christmas Robin Chocolate Orange Cosies pattern featured in the Festiwool magazine. These make wonderful stocking fillers!
If you fancy making these Christmas Robins or other Christmas decorations I have two Christmas Crochet workshops coming up in Hitchin on the 11th December and you can book a place on one of these workshops by visiting my events page .
So, I am now putting all the boxes away again for the last time this year and restocking my online shop with more knitting and crochet kits ready to be sent out! I am also looking forward to next year’s wool shows, that hopefully will include Wonderwool Wales, Fibre East and Yarndale!