It's the 10th anniversary of the event and one focus of the event is the great Herdwick sheep - brought to the Lake District by the Vikings themselves such a long time ago, but still grazing the fells and looking all picaresque! I've been designing a few things in Herdwick wool, so check out my pattern page and see if you can be tempted to knit or crochet something up in this sturdy yarn. I will have a supply of hand spun and hand dyed Herdwick yarns on my stand, but you'll have to be quick to catch it!
But before that on the calendar are some other dates to fulfill, thankfully not so many this month as Woolfest will hopefully be as busy as last year.
Wednesday 4th June - a bit unusual I know but there is this event - the NSA Scotsheep 2014 - that's being held just up the road from us near Grantshouse in the Scottish Borders - and a few of us are getting together to do some demonstration spinning, weaving, wool prep and sales of hand spun yarns. There will be other crafting demonstrations, lots of sheep to see, a farmers' market and loads of other stands, including talks by the Wool Marketing Board. So if you are in the area and fancy a day out on a farm do come along and say hello. There are maps and more details on the link above.
Friday 13th June, between 10am and 4pm at the Ebba Centre in St Abbs for the regular Friday market, lots of lovely local produce and crafts on sale and a link here to the market page where you can find out who's selling what.
Saturday 14th June between 9am and 4pm at the Buttermarket in Berwick upon Tweed, other
stallholders include Slightly Foxed second hand books, Lowrie prints - yes he painted Berwick - and original movie poster store, Mike and Melissa selling their views of Berwick upon Tweed - as you've probably not seen it before, available as cards, framed prints and fabulous canvas banners, Masarnen selling her wonderful handmade lotions, potions, ointments, tinctures, perfumes, teas and herb blends and not forgetting Robert and his ever so cakey cakes. Here's a little link to the Visit Berwick facebook page so that you can see what else is happening in this oft forgot but busy northern town.
Friday 27th June (10am to 6pm) and Saturday 28th June (10am to 5pm) it's Woolfest time, at the Auction mart in Cockermouth, where you will be amazed and amused at all the woolly things on display there. It's always busy - if you are short on time then check out the listings of who's coming on the Woolfest website, then visit their websites and make a note of what you'd like to squish, squash and take home with you - it's worth a visit towards the end of either day, things generally calm down and you can get to see everything more easily than at opening time when it's a bit of a bun fight!