Last weekend I visited the Woolfest at Cockermouth in Cumbria.  Woolfest leaflet

This is an annual festival of wool with craftspeople and artists celebrating the best of British wool.  The Woolfest is now in its tenth year and attracts many visitors and a wide range of exhibitors from sheep breeders to spinners and weavers.  The festival is held in one of the local livestock centres and the stalls are erected in the cattle mart area there are many demonstrations and sheep parades along with many exhibitors including yarn producers, knitters, hand dyed yarn and textile artists. This is a brilliant exhibition that really inspires me and also costs me a small fortune stocking up on my stash.

I visited this exhibition with my mother, mother-in-law and aunt.  We arrived early and made our way around the first small hall.  There are so many beautiful hand dyed yarns it is difficult to decide which are the nicest.


Hand Dyed Yarn and Fibres Woolfest 3Hand Dyed Yarn and Fibres Woolfest 2Hand Dyed Yarn and Fibres Woolfest 1

This year I have had a period of ill heath and I have been suffering with a balance disorder.  This has prevented me from working on my sewing machine for periods of time and therefore as part of my recovery I have taught myself to crochet.  I am really enjoying it.  As a child if I was ill my mother would wrap me in her ‘poorly blanket’, during this illness I have crocheted myself a blanket however I am calling this my ‘recovery blanket’ as it has helped me recover and enabled me to fill my days.  Indigo Dyed yarn

So back to the Woolfest – with a new string to my bow I was even more delighted with the choice of yarns on offer and could not quite decide what to crochet next or with which fibre or colour……
I eventually succumb to the most delectable extra fine merino and silk yarn hand dyed with indigo and an added sparkle yarn – I have decided to crochet myself a fine shawl – the next bid decision is to choose a pattern so this could take a while.

Creative textiles is ,my first love and always will be and therefore I was drawn towards the fabulous textures and colours that were on display.

weavingPatchwork Sheepyarn sheepHand dyed feltShoppingFelt hand Weavingyarns


There were also the nicest breeds of sheep that were so well behaved – nothing compares to a natural fibre.

As I walked around this exhibition I realised how much I missed dyeing my yarns and fabrics and I was inspired to start and dye some more – this time just for fun 🙂  I found myself being pulled towards the undyed yarns and dyes and then I took the plunge!  I bought myself a small stash of undyed yarns and some new dyes.  Watch this space as I might be messing up my kitchen pretty soon.

Not sure when I should tell my family – I might just surprise them.


Undyed yarn stash



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