I've never been to a yarn festival before, I had planned on going to Yarndale this year with Joanne, (daughter #2) but as she will have a new baby less than a month old by then we will have to give it a miss this time. We decided instead to go to Wonderwool Wales, which is held at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells in the beautiful Welsh countryside. The drive was a bit further than I had anticipated, about 2 hours, but the day was bright and the scenery wonderful so all in all the time driving was pleasant enough.
I've heard people say how crowded Yarndale is and to be honest it does put me off a little, after all you go to browse what's on offer and if that's difficult it can be very frustrating. I'm happy to say that Wonderwool was great in that respect, there were lots and lots of people but there was still plenty of room to walk around and look at the different stands without being jostled around. When we found a stand that had a crowd we just passed it by and went back later and that worked for us.
There was plenty of food on offer and enough seating too, although as it was such a lovely day quite a few people decided to picnic on the grass.
I'm afraid I got a little carried away with my purchases! although to be honest I could have bought more, I only took a certain about of money with me and stuck to that budget, no debit card spending!
The scarf kit caught my eye as soon as we walked in, so I went back for that later in the afternoon, (my motto is always do a reccie first to see what's on offer. The grey fleck yarn is from Moonlight yarns, (they have an etsy shop although I haven't looked for it yet) and is a sock weight 100% Superwash Merino and is so soft! I'm thinking a shawl for this one. The ones in to top photo I just loved the colours. and the Tek-Tek I bought for a bag project that I have been wanting to do for ages. As you can see I also bought a selection of hooks, clover are my preferred hook, i've tried others and can't get on with them, and some needles because I haven't got this size.
Of course I want to start EVERYTHING NOW! but I do have a couple of things on the go that I need to finish first, I'm being firm with myself, lol.
Being about all things wooly and yarny there had to be some sheep.
Cute little lambs, look at that face!
Some sheep with dreadlocks, lol
And this one, who was so lovely and friendly, look how she is enjoying that fuss!
She also had a lovely face and a beautiful curly fleece and the cutest babies.
All in all it was a great day out, I'm glad we made the effort to go.
Hope you all had a great weekend too.
Until next time