I am a bit slow posting about this year’s Wonderwool Wales, but have now unpacked and sorted all the wool and the kits that I brought home and have had time to reflect on what was a truly fantastic show. Thank you to all those that came and stopped by the Woolly Chic stall. For those that couldn’t make it this year, put the next year’s dates – 27th and 28th April – in your diary now, because there are so many talented makers, designers, hand-dyers, spinners, felters, weavers and not forgetting sheep, goats and rabbits that you wouldn’t want to miss!
A massive thank you also to my Mum and Dad who came with me and helped me set up and take down my stall, which as you can see was a large space and involved a lot of staples! My Mum even modelled the Woolly Chic Hexagon Handbag, fingerless mitts designed by Jane of GardeningWitchDesigns and a cardigan Mum had knitted using our fairtrade cotton on the ‘Sheepwalk’ in front of a huge audience. It was lucky she had the fingerless mitts as it really was a very very cold weekend!
And check out the curtain of knitted poppies! Thousands of people across the country (and possibly the world) had knitted over 65,000 poppies for the event to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1 and all those that lost their lives. Organisers said the installation at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, Powys, also recreated the “determination of the women at home” during the war, who knitted socks, scarves, gloves and balaclavas for the troops overseas. The amazing Curtain of Poppies is being displayed at County Hall in Llandrindod Wells this month and then it will be at the National Wool Museum of Wales for June before continuing on its tour.
Another incredible exhibit on show, was this amazing crocheted Crocodile, made by the craft group Briswool! To read all about this amazing creation click here.
At Wonderwool Wales, I lauched a new crochet kit to make a 100% Organic cotton baby cardigan. This no sew baby cardigan kit will be available on the website very soon! I also had the full range of all 14 colours of Fair cotton, which were very much admired. I have to say that on a hot day like it is today in Hertfordshire, it is lovely to crochet with this smooth, cool cotton!
For me, the next couple of months will be spent teaching crochet at Hitchin Lavender and designing a couple of things in time for Fibre East at the end of July. Hopefully, we’ll see more of the sunshine and the freezing temperatures at Wonderwool Wales will be long forgotten!