This time last week, Sue and I were still in the process of setting up our stand at Wonderwool Wales. This fabulous show is held in the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells. It’s always a bit daunting when you first arrive and are faced with an empty shell and, it doesn’t seem to matter what time you get there, other people seem to be way ahead in terms of set up. Nevertheless it all came together in the end and we divided our space into three segments.
Firstly the shawl wall – featuring shawls, scarves and cowls – each requiring just one ball of sock yarn:
Opposite this is the sock wall, with 4ply and dk socks as well as baby jackets (also knitted with sock wool):
The back wall of the stand featured my favourite Zauberball Shawl which always attracts a lot of very positive comments as well as a mixture of items in (slightly less than) 50 shades of grey!
There was a great buzz around the showground on Saturday but, at one point, I thought I was going to miss the show completely! Just before opening time, I’d climbed into the back of the transit van to sort something (I can’t even remember what) and the wind blew the back door shut. The interior light operates like a fridge so, as soon as the door shut, the light went out and I was plunged into darkness. The backdoor doesn’t have a handle on the inside and I was starting to panic – then I remembered the side door. There was a load of stuff stacked in front of it so I ended up feeling my way along the side of the van to the handle – I’ve never been so pleased to get into the fresh air!
Apart from that, the show was fantastic and it was good to catch up with people we haven’t seen for a while including our neighbours ‘Purlescence’ . It was so busy on Saturday that we hardly moved away from the stand but Sunday gave us time to have a quick whiz round to see who else were there. As you might expect, there was a dazzling array of wool, fleece and fibres – everything that knitters and spinners could want and, of course, the key wool producers – sheep:
There were lots of British indie companies there including Toft Alpaca and Eden Cottage Yarns (poor Vikki had lost her voice by day 2):
For me. the best thing about the show is the opportunity to meet our customers face to face rather than online. So thanks to everyone who came to say ‘hello’ and special thanks to those who came to show us the projects they had knitted with our wool. Here is Maureen, kindly modelling her Zauberball Shawl, knitted in Crazy Zauberball, Tropical Fish:
Finally, thanks to Chrissie and her team for such an enjoyable and well-organised event – even the weather was kind this year!