Summer festival review: Woolfest

What a summer it’s been!  Amazing!  I’m talking not so much about the weather (of course), but rather about the wonderful events and festivals that p/hop has been at over the season.  Autumn is now upon us, and it’s a good chance to review where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to.

Back in June we headed up to Cumbria for the fabulous Woolfest.  By “we”, I mean me (Larissa) and the fabulous Emma (knittinginthestow).  The organisers of Woolfest have always been huge supporters of p/hop, and it’s great to be there every year.  Although I’ve been to Woolfest a couple of times before, this was the first time that I’ve run the stall.  I particularly enjoyed meeting so many people who make a point of coming over every year to see what new patterns we’ve got.  People always seem to remember exactly where our little stall is located (milk stall at the end of Aisle J, if you’re keeping note) and greet us like an old friend.

The stall is a very quirky space, and Emma and I had great fun converting it from a functional cow pen, in to a knitting emporium.

phop at woolfest

woolfest stall

We had enough space to spread out across tables on either side of the stall, so people could browse the patterns more easily.  Several times people would be ready to leave with a collection of sock patterns under their arm, only to realise there was another table of patterns for shawls and scarves!

It wasn’t all work though:  the lovely Jane Lithgow came over to help out on the stall so Emma and I could have lunchbreaks and a chance to look at the other stalls.

One of my favourite things about Woolfest is that it is held in a working agricultural hall, and this allows stallholders to bring along their livestock (sadly p/hop is yet to set up its own woolly farm).  Without a doubt, the absolute stars this year were these Valais Blacknose Sheep from Prendwick Farm.  They were so sweet and friendly, and I can’t believe they tolerated so many people patting and photographing them.  If my car was bigger, I would have been very tempted to engage in a bit of sheep rustling, and take one home with me.   Words can’t describe their cuteness.

Valais Blacknose

Of course after all that work, we deserved a little glass of wine with the travelling Teeny Tiny Ted:

teeny ted having a little drink

We had a great time over the two days, spoke to hundreds of knitters and crocheters (and I even did a little radio interview with BBC Radio Cumbria!)  I am very pleased to say that Woolfest-goers were incredibly supportive, and raised a whopping £910.35 for MSF.  A huge thanks to everyone!

Dates have already been set for next year’s Woolfest, so make sure to put 24-25 June 2016 in your diaries folks.

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