This past weekend marked my first excursion to Fibre East, both as an exhibitor and an attendee. The journey was long (and mildly frustrating – going round the M25 and M1 on a Friday afternoon is never much fun!) but I had the company of my younger son and we chatted all the way.
It was so incredibly hot and humid on Friday. It was just the end of the heatwave but luckily I’d had the forethought to buy a couple of fans which we moved around with us while we set up the stall so that we could get a little bit of a breeze at least.
Before and after…
We had a slight issue in that the weather broke right as we were setting up. It was lucky that we were still there as the rain swiftly found its way across the floor inside the marquee and left a nice stream across the floor of my stall area! The stall was OK though. I sped up and got everything hung up on the gridwall hooks really quickly, and the only things we left on the floor were plastic boxes. And because we’d seen the main direction of the water we were able to avoid the stream when placing the boxes! Also, we were able to make very sure that the fabric I use to cover the stall at night didn’t get near to touching the ground. Imagine if I’d come in and the sheets had soaked up rainwater which had then transferred to my stock?! That would have been challenging!
We met tonnes of lovely people, some of them for the first time, others were familiar faces. But thanks to the wonders of the internet, we weren’t strangers because we’d been talking to each other for ages on Ravelry! It was really lovely to put faces to names.
I only had a modest haul myself from Fibre East. The bumble bee needle felting kit was bought for Zoe as per her request. The two balls were from the Yarnistry stand and contain yarn and stitch markers, a sort of lucky dip. I’ve not opened them yet because one of them is for Zoe and so I’m waiting until I see her at the weekend. The Hot Socks pearl yarn is to make a pair of socks for a very lovely kind lady. The West Yorkshire Spinners and the Yarnistry stitch markers will be going in a swap parcel to America. Finally, the fluff in the bags at the top left is angora bunny fluff and I’m really looking forward to spinning it. I’ve not spun angora before, but it was recommended to me that I spin it finely and then ply it with silk. It’s going to be gorgeous.
I think you’d agree I was very restrained! If only because almost everything I bought was from neighbouring stalls, which limited my shopping options considerably!
Of course I managed to visit the sheep before we left each day. Now I live in a city I do find myself drawn towards the animals when I get a chance to see them! Rio the rabbit on the next stall was lovely to chat to as well, although my son Ben did think I was mad for saying good morning to him!
Ben and I both enjoyed Fibre East. It was Ben’s first experience of a big yarn show, but I’m sure he’ll be back with me again if another occasion arises where Zoe is unable to come with me. He was invaluable help in that I could take a break outside from time to time, and he kept me caffeinated and hydrated! Also, just having company to work these sorts of festivals is so lovely. I’m very blessed that my best friend can come with me so often, but it’s good to know that my son has proved an able stand in.
Finally, thank you to everyone who came and saw me, bought from my stall, told me that they enjoyed mine and Zoe’s podcasts and who brought me cake (Melissa, it was sooooo gooood!!). It may have been my first trip to Fibre East, but I really hope it’s not my last!