Some friends and I went to a festival this weekend. Nope, not Glastonbury. This one was more wooly than muddy. It was the Woolfest event held in Cockermouth, Cumbria (yep, it’s shot to the top of my all-time list of favourite place names). The drive up through the Lake District was so lovely, and we even did a bit of knitting in the car on the way.
None of us had ever been to a wool or fibre festival before, and to be honest I don’t think any of us knew what to expect. In reality, it was a bit like a County Show, but every stall sold or displayed wool-related things. I think for the first hour, we were a bit dazed, and just wandered around ooo-ing at everything.
We soon discovered that we were four very different shoppers. One of my friends spent the whole day restrained and not buying, until it came to the final hour when she went mad and bought more wool than the rest of us combined. Another friend went round making some pretty risque noises at particularly soft yarn but was quite reserved in her purchases. We had a non-knitter with us (gasp!) who humoured the rest of us in our yarn buying but was really just there for the animals.
And me? Well, I bought a bit…
As you can see, I bought a small selection of the gorgeous yarns that I spotted on the day. Our favourite stall by a mile was Easy Knits, whose self-striping sock yarn is easily the most colourful I’ve ever seen!
My favourite purchase of the day, though, was this.
An umbrella swift. There were a few to choose from, but in the end I decided on one made in Sweden by Glimåkra. It’s beautifully made, and was by far the most reasonable despite being a genuine quality product.
We were all so excited about finally being able to wind skeins into cakes properly that as soon as we got back home, we reached for the wine and the chocolate and began to wind all of our new purchases. Five and a half kilometres of yarn – and a few glasses of wine – later, we’d properly tested the swift and can report that it works fantastically. No more skeins-around-feet (or skeins-around-boyfriends’-hands) for us!