Wonderwool 2015!

Last Saturday was the day of our annual trip to Wonderwool Wales up in Builth Wells. I’ve been looking forward to it for months (well, since last year really!) and it didn’t disappoint! I usually completely forget to take pictures, so I did a little bit better, although I was to excited to remember all the time!

There were a few stalls that had brought livestock with them. I didn’t get a photo of the angora bunnies, but here are some alpacas…

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…and a Pickwick Cotswold ewe and her lamb.

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A pair of suri alpacas.

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My first stall stop was with Sara’s Texture Crafts as I’d seen some fibre on her instagram feed that was calling my name! I was able to introduce myself, what a lovely person she is!

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And here are the three fibre purchases plus the book I got from her.

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My next stop was at the John Arbon stall, and as ever, with those barrels of gorgeous fibre, it was very busy. However, I managed to get a good haul of lovelies, including some undyed fibre to try out for the shop.

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My John Arbon purchases…

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I visited lots of other stalls – Spin City is a shop that I’ve admired on Etsy.com before, and I was able to get some fibre that had been on my wish list!

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P&M Woolcraft had their usual mountain of fluffy temptations, and Wingham Wool Work sucked me in with their gorgeous range of colourways (although I did manage to resist the carders and other equipment that they were selling!).

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And finally, Hilltop Cloud had so much to choose from, it was really hard to narrow it down! I don’t think I did much, actually, but who could hold back with such gorgeous items available?!

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The exhibition pieces were great, but I only got pictures of two; the cardigan for Cardigan and the knitted gingerbread house in aid of the Welsh Air Ambulance.

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It was a brilliant day, and I’m looking forward to next year already! One of these years I’ll have a stall there myself, that’s my ambition!

Episode two shownotes – Stash Enhancement!

Works in progress – sock yarn blanket, free pattern on Ravelry.com by Shelly Kang.

Finished items – spinning – Countess Ablaze “Zombie Princess” and Owl About Yarn BFL “Aquifer”. Knitting – overdyeing of Selene shawl and a Handbrake Cowl by Kay and Dan Jones made from my handspun yarn.

Out and about – Cardiff Castle and Wonderwool Wales

Acquisitions – miniskeins and a project bag from knitlovesteph. Purchases at Wonderwool from Sara’s Texture Crafts, Wingham Wool Work, John Arbon (www.jarbon.com), P & M Woolcraft (www.pmwoolcraft.co.uk), Hilltop Cloud (www.hilltopcloud.co.uk), Spin City (spincity.etsy.com), Five Moons (www.fivemoons.co.uk)

Bits and bobs – http://www.phatfiber.com

Plans – out and about – more trips to local places, John Arbon mill open weekend 16/17 May. Crafting – lots of spinning! Bonbon by Susan Claudino, Tonka Togs from Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine.

Shop news – update last weekend including sparkle self striping sock yarn.

Episode One – …A Bit Nervous!

Podcasts I enjoy;
Wolfe Farms
Bakery Bears
Geeky Girls
Twitch and Stitch
The Knitting Den
Tilly Trout
And I forgot to mention the Knitworthy podcast

All can be found on YouTube.

Plus the Knitmoregirlspodcast.com – an audio podcast.

My WIPs – sock yarn blanket by Shelly Kang and Hermione’s Everyday Socks – both available free on Ravelry.com.

Plans – a visit to Wonderwool Wales (www.wonderwoolwales.com) which is on the weekend of 25/26-4-15. Then a trip to Devon to John Arbon’s Mill open day (www.jarbon.com) on the 17th May.

A brand new blog for a new adventure!

So, here I am,starting a brand new blog to link up with my business. I’ve had a blog before, and enjoyed it, but I decided that as I wanted to focus on the yarny side of my life more right now, I would like to start fresh on a clean page.

My more detailed bio can be found on my “about me” page, but to cut a long story short, I live in Cardiff, Wales; I’m a wife and stay at home mother of three gorgeous kids and I’m working towards building up my yarn and fibre business, Owl About Yarn. You can find me on Etsy at http://www.owlaboutyarn.etsy.com; on http://www.facebook.com/owlaboutyarn and on Instagram as @owlaboutyarn. On Ravelry I’m Jensta79, and I’m currently @jennieworld on twitter, although I might change that at some point (I don’t tweet much!).

I plan to start podcasting, talking about knitting, spinning and dyeing related things. I’ll post links to the videos here as well as show notes, but the actual podcasts will be on YouTube. I’m excited to join the podcasting community, I just hope I’m not completely awful at it!