Another June, another Woolfest. I love Woolfest, it was the first of the UK wool shows, and I've been nearly ever year since 2008 as a visitor, and more reccently a stall holder. This year they celebrated their 10th anniversary, and put on a show that was one of the best ever, much helped by some generous weather!
As ever I completely failed at taking photos at a show. This is the best I could manage, taken using my phone first thing on Friday morning before the "hordes" arrived!
And lots of lovely fluff.
Setting up at Woolfest always brings it's own challenges. For the rest of the year the building is a working cattle market, so when we arrive on Thursday the pens have been freshly hosed down, the stall spaces are not compltely square as there are gatesfolded back against walls, and there's a post to work around. However, with a bit of immagination, and some creative thinking it's incredible to see the concrete and metal rails being transformed in to a colourful extravaganza of wool.
I did make it off the stand for short periods, mostly to chat to people with whom I've been working for a while. It's a great chance to make plans for the future, and to discuss new things they're working on. All being well there might be some very exciting new fibres from UK flocks heading my way in the coming months.
I get to take a couple of months off from show preperation over the summer, then it's time to think about Yarndale, as I'll be back up in the north of England before too much longer.