Monday, March 9

Wool Heaven

I'm just coming back to earth after a great day at the Woolfish Wool Festival on Saturday, a small but perfectly formed textile treat in tiny St Abbs. Louise and her daughter Trudi run the rather fine Woolfish - a shop of sumptuous yarns, nicely placed beside the wonderful Number Four Gallery and the tearoom - and last November Louise ran the first Woolfish Festival. It was a success (of course!) and this time I managed to grab myself a table to spread out my wares. If I looked out of the high windows behind me (old school building, now the community hall) I could see these critters:


Angora goat kids playing on their straw bales, and alpacas posing nicely for the camera. Behind them you can see bunting and after that there's just the North Sea! Well, there's a harbour too but you get the gist.

Anne over at Frayed at the Edge was busy with her camera so you can see my wares there, and Louise and some good shots of St Abbs - in fact, she tells it all much better than I am doing!

There were lots of lovely woolly enthusiasts there, stallholders Laura, Janis, Natalie, Janice, Fiona and more besides- like Robin Elliot whose wool throws are definitely going to be making an appearance in our cottage when it's ready to let. Then there were the equally delightful customers! I met folk whom I've only known on Ravelry and they were enthusiastic about my 'stuff' so I came away at the end of the day tired but very happy.

I'll leave you with a shot that means a HUGE amount to Hugh and me - this is evidence that, after a year without central heating, we now have a wood burning stove in the kitchen and three big solar panels on the roof, all connected to a new hot water tank. Sadly at the moment the existing radiators refuse to give out any heat and Hugh has the delightful job of disconnecting each one in turn and flushing it out then reconnecting it, in the hope that this clears whatever blockage is stopping the hot water circulating. So we are nearly there - a warm kitchen and hot water so far, and any week now, warmth in other rooms too. Ash and Midge are fairly happy about the whole stove thing too...

5 comments:

Anne said...

Thank you for the mention and the compliment!!

Woolfish said...

It was a lovely day,all the better with you being there, your pics are great,I just wish I had more time to look at everything. roll on the 7th November (not literally as I have too much to do before then. catch up soon x ;0)

Anonymous said...

The day was great and very good 'food for the soul'I'm desperate to get aunties 4ply jumper finished so that I can start some new projects. Lyndsay you stall was gorgeous - you are sooo talented. x

Ash said...

Thanks, folks, for the kind comments. I really think Woolfish and the Festival are winners - so good to have a place for like minds to gather and indulge their love of fibre, colour, texture and the whole damn thing

tlc illustration said...

Sounds like a lovely time (and how fun to have the accompanying animals).

Seeing your doggy-dears together in front of the fire, makes Jack a bit teary-eyed. He still misses his 'boy' who left home this past fall and what he wouldn't do for a doggy companion... (I'm not sure I'm up for another large beastie about however..)