Yes, it’s that time of year again! This weekend was Wonderwool Wales, a huge fibre fair which happens to be held just down the road. Stalls and stalls of yarn, needles, buttons, fibre, spindles and spinning wheels, fabric, thread, crochet hooks, magazines and books… so of course, I duly go every year.
I took my camera, but was so distracted by yarn and fibre and talking to people that I didn’t take many pictures. But here are some:
Vintage knitting magazines:
The gorgeous threads at Oliver Twist that always make me wish I did embroidery.
I liked this sign!
Touching things is a big part of Wonderwool. You have to feel the yarn to check it’s what you want. There are words coined to describe the tactile qualities of yarn. ‘Feel this! It’s so smooshy!’ ‘Ooh, this one’s much sproingier than it looks….’. And the fibre! I don’t spin, but my Wonderwool companion, the delightful Elizabeth who blogs at Deep Sea Knits does. So she bought fibre as well – and would occasionally give me things to feel. ‘Just feel this,’ she said, handing me a ball of baby yak fibre. It was so, so soft that I think my brain had to grow new synapses to process the sensation. I don’t think I’ve ever felt anything so soft and light and silky.
So, there’s the feeling things, and there’s the shopping. I haven’t actually managed to knit all the yarn I bought at last year’s show, so I went with a very strict shopping list. My success at sticking to strict shopping lists at Wonderwool is patchy, but this year I was very good. I wanted a pair of needle tips for my interchangeable circulars, which I bought (cheaper than online – how often does that happen?). I also wanted some bright, washable, worsted weight yarn for a surprise project. I found this stuff, which meets all criteria. Especially ‘bright’.
Every year I buy some of these little balls of pure wool. The colours are lovely and they’re only 50p each. Here are this year’s:
The final thing on the list was some sparkly laceweight. There seems to be quite a bit of sparkle about and I have been coveting some. Well, at Wonderwool there was sparkly yarn in pretty much every colour imagineable. I cuddled teal, stroked cherry red, fondled dusty pinks, squeezed autumnal shades… and then went and bought this one, which I’d loved from the start.
Yes, grey. All the colours in the world and I went with grey. Most unlike me! But I think it’s rather beautiful. I’m having a bit of a grey phase – there’s a big grey project afoot which I shall show you when it’s finished. I already know what I want to make with my new sparkly friend – I just have to be brave as it isn’t a simple pattern.
So, all in all, a very successful day. And made all the sweeter as I drove myself there on my own. Yes, I have finally passed my driving test. I have been on the roads for ten days now and it’s marvellous. My driving examiner was lovely and kept me calm, so in the end the 40 minutes flew by and I managed a reverse parallel park without incident. Sweet freedom!