Bristol Wool Fair

Today we went to Bristol and visited the wool fair. Husband and kids came with me as well which was lovely. I wanted them to see what a yarn festival looks like. Having been to a few now (and as I’m hoping to start exhibiting soon myself), I wanted them to experience one and be able to offer informed advice to me when I’m planning my own stall. I had a good look at the website before we went and I saw that they were offering things that would entertain my whole family. There would be more than just wool there! In the event my kids enjoyed themselves. They saw a Viking village and a battle reenactment as well as falconry and a sheep dog display which was lovely. In the sheepdog display there were three or four different dogs who each herded the ducks on the course and through a tunnel before returning them to their pen. Erin got very excited during the Viking battle to the point of choosing which of the warriors she thought should die next!

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There were also plenty of food vendors. We had packed a picnic but I think my husband regretted this decision when he saw a pie seller, not to mention the pulled pork and pulled BBQ beef on offer. He did sample a small glass of local cider though! Before we left we all treated ourselves to an ice cream from Shepherd’s Dairy. I think this was the first time I had tried sheep’s milk ice cream and it was really tasty.

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Can you see the ice cream on the end of her nose?

Inside the barns, the stalls were all a wool lover could ask for. I was determined to be restrained today as I bought so much at Wonderwool Wales that I’m still working through the fibre. However, when you visit a nice place it is totally acceptable to bring back souvenirs! And when you’re at a wool festival what better souvenir to buy than fibre to spin and yarn to knit. My resolve held; probably helped by the fact that I had my husband with me to monitor my purchases! In the end I treated myself to some fibre from Sara’s Texture Crafts and a set of mini skeins from Rosie’s Moments (which will be added into my sock yarn blanket at some point). I seem to have been in a pink mood today, what do you think?

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Ben had a chance to have a go at something new today as well. At the Ashford stall he was invited to try out a blending board and made me a couple of loose rolags. He did pretty well – maybe I should get him one for Christmas and invite him to join the company!

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I plan on finding a complementary colour and then spinning this up onto one bobbin and plying it with a solid. It should be a riot of colour in a single skein!

Finally the animals. We saw two beautiful alpacas. One of them was called Caesar, but I don’t remember what the other one was called. Erin really wanted to climb in the pen with them and cuddle them!

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As well as these, we met an angora rabbit named Arthur.

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We will also fortunate enough to see 2 Valais Blacknose sheep. They looked so cute and cuddly just like teddy bears!

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All in all a good time was had by everyone, and I look forward to seeing what the organizers have planned for the third Bristol wool fair next year!