I hardly know where to start with this post; it’s been a month since my launch party and so much has happened so forgive me if I ramble.
I should start in order but all my fingers want to type is Wool Fest!!!
I went with some friends I met last year at a knitting group and it felt like a proper road trip! We had all woken up to the knowledge that Britain had voted to leave the EU and were all a bit stunned. Added to that my eldest was refusing to get dressed for school so getting in a car and heading out of Lancaster for the day felt utterly fantastic. (Sorry Andy.)
I justified my jaunt by telling myself and others it was more of a business trip really, not pleasure at all. Haha. We walked in and immediately headed for the fleece sale, where I bumped into a friend who was loaded with 4 bags of fleece and almost too giddy to talk! We all delighted in having a peek and a feel of the woolly booty and then set off around the stalls. I’m sure Angela won’t mind me showing what she has already done with one of her fleeces...beautiful.
I was on the lookout for local producers that would be interested in me selling their yarn. I had already spoken to several lovely people over the last few months so it was great to meet and put faces to names. I loved the Wool Clip corridor, full of Cumbrian delights and plenty of Herdwick wool being used in lots of different ways. I caught up with Maria from Dodgson Wood (http://dodgsonwood.co.uk/farm/) and admired her Castlemilk Moorit rare breed wools and I spent a while talking to the lovely Jayne from Home Farm Wensleydales. I love the idea of her slaughter free flock and I met some of the sheep who adorned daisy necklaces. It doesn’t get much better than that for me.
I managed to get to 4:30pm without buying a single scrap of wool and was beginning to feel a bit smug. Yes! I was here on business and did not need to buy myself any more yarn. Then immediately (and I will thank/blame my friend Angela for this who directed me here) bought a jumpers worth of yarn at Baa Ram Ewe because I just couldn’t stop myself. I bought 3 skeins of Titus, (named after a Yorkshire Mill owner Titus Salt) a beautiful mix of Wensledale, Bluefaced Leicester and UK Alpaca and I’m going to make the Carpino jumper. I’m hoping to stock Titus & Dovestone from Baa Ram Ewe in the future, so Katherine talked me through their gorgeous yarns and I loved the fact that there was a story behind them and their names. When I’m at markets and customers are looking at the different wools I can tell them where it came from, what breeds make up the wool, why I’m stocking it, and I think that makes the whole process so much more enjoyable. You’re buying a product to make something with, a fabulous creation that will be loved and will naturally invite people to ask where it’s from, who made it, etc – but it already has a story.
Over the next few months, I will have a “Yarn O’ The Month’ and go into a bit more detail about some of the yarns that I stock and their story.
For now, I'm off to enjoy the small amount of dry weather available today to go and throw some stones into the River Lune. Small pleasures.