I had a wonderful time at Fibre East yesterday. Lots of fabulous yarn, and lovely friends! Here's the Crafty Glitten full of the joy of yarn, and glowing with the success of her first spinning attempt - I was impressed. This is the Have-a-Go tent where you can try lots of different woolly activities including spinning, weaving and needle-felting.
If you're not familiar with it, Fibre East is a wool show near Bedford, England. It started life a few years ago in a lovely, but windy, field and the extreme muddiness of last year's field (in the astoundingly wet summer) plus its growing popularity have caused a transfer this year to a holiday-empty nearby school.
The sheep still got to use the grassy area, though. And this year they were offering "choose your fleece while it's on the sheep" then watch the shearing, and walk off with your fleece.
There was a small disagreement about the route . . .
I'm determined not to take up spinning, tempting as I find it, because I really can't fit anything else into my time-budget. But there was lots of lovely fibre going for those who do spin or felt, all the way from warm off the sheep's back (literally!) to gorgeous rovings. Stands supporting different sheep breeds offered a range of fibre, along with a rather warm long-haired bunny who'd come along in person (with his devoted attendants and several electric fans - it was a hot day!) And some fabulous dyed rovings like these.
There were some sewing and embroidery threads amongst all the heavier yarns, and stands offering a range of accessories, from yarn-bowls and some fabulous buttons, through to carding equipment and spinning wheels. And kits like these charming teapot cosies from Manfield Crafts - I love the rainbow pom-pom, such a clever idea.
Lots of people were chuckling at their beautifully-dressed sheep.
Extra smiles for the yarn I get to take home and cuddle, this is some of the wide range of loveliness produced by Sparkleduck. As you can see, I was so keen to start knitting with this beautifully soft and fabulously coloured wonder that I started to wind it as soon as possible!
In the end, for me, it always comes back to colour, and the snuggly softness of beautiful yarn. And there was so much of that I shall be quietly bouncing with joy (on the inside!) for days. I hope you have a chance to water your seeds of joy and yarn-happiness too this summer, and that they all blossom beautifully.
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