Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Unravel Knitting Festival 2015

Several times a year, I pack up my Spin City studio and head out in a big van to set up shop at knitting festivals around the UK, and last weekend I visited Unravel in Farnham for the first time!


Farnham is about a two- three hour drive away from me in Suffolk, which is one of the closest shows that I attend - usually my Mum and I (Karen) have the long haul up to Yorkshire or Wales, so I was excited to meet some of my more southernly customers in person!

It is a lovely little festival, with a great mix of exhibitors, spread over several floors in interesting, old rooms that used to be a Maltings factory in the Victorian era. The show organisers welcomed us warmly and made us both feel at home. After a quick cuppa it was straight down to work setting up our stall ready for opening the next day!

My stall at Unravel!
We were housed in the Tindle Studio with other sellers such as Sincerely Louise, Plant Dyed Wool, Belinda Harris-Reed and Easy Knits, so as you can imagine we were really busy all day!

I took my drop spindles, fiber batts, hand dyed rovings, blended rovings and hand spun yarns with me, as well as my trusty vintage dresser! It always makes my stand feel more like home- I used to have it as furniture in my kitchen!

Teaching drop spinning
 Mum and I taught spindle spinning to anyone who was interested in learning, and it always makes me feel happy to know that I could have helped start a new passion in someone!

This was my best show ever - I pretty much sold out of spindles and certain colourways by the middle of Sunday! Thank you to everyone who came and found my stall - it's so nice to meet you in person. On that note- did you all notice Bruce the cat walking around?! He came and visted me most days, and here we are having a little cuddle after the crowds left on Saturday night. Bruce lives across the road and comes to work with his mum who works as the receptionist at the Maltings!
Bruce the cat!

I also met up with Sarah from Crafts From the Cwtch, Wink from A Creative Being, Joanne from Not So Granny, and Corrie from Plutionium Muffins for a good old Pizza and chinwag on Saturday night which was just lovely. We laughed and schemed and shared projects and ate lots of Pizza, and I came away feeling like I had made great new friends.

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  1. Sounds fab, i wish i could have gone x

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  2. Ah we saw Bruce the cat there too - I wondered what his story was! When we spotted him he was tucking into a whole bread roll! xx

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    1. omg a whole bread roll!!! Funny Bruce. lol. He was so adorable and I loved his grumpy miaow!

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