Ickworth’s Amazing Wool Fair

 

Well hello sunshine and what a perfect day for you to show your face again round here. Shame you couldn’t have been a little more reliable on my camping trip and the half term holidays (the reason it has been quiet here the past week)

 

We had a fabulous meal out at Alimentum last night (way too wonderful to stop and instagram anything – we decided to live in the moment rather than through a lens) as a birthday treat for me . It was very very swanky, probably should have saved it for a big birthday not just a run of the mill 38. Thanks to my lovely babysitter Alice for making it possible.

 

I wore my Karise shawl with a Billie and Blossum dress and some spectacularly high heels that don’t often get out of the wardrobe nowadays.

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Anyway, after a night of indulgence (pure indulgence!) a day in the fresh air was needed and luckily I had planned to pop along to a new local wool festival

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It was fantastically busy and full of lovely stalls and demonstration areas.  We arrived just in time for Sean the Shearer of The Sheep Show starting his hilarious (but sometimes a little risque for the family crowd) shearing demo and dancing sheep display. I had a nice wander round and tried my hand at spinning on a wheel for the first time with the lovely ladies of the Bury St Edmunds Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. I loved it and now want a wheel! I stroked some alpacas, bumped into several people I knew and some I had only met online before.

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I also discovered a fantastic new local business, Native Yarns, who are based in Suffolk. Sue the dyer was lovely and has am amazing eye for colour, definitely one to watch. I have fallen in love with her Arwen colourway so I hope to include it in the Suffolk Collection somewhere – I just need a plan now.  Re the Suffolk Collection, I have finished one of the patterns but the rest will have to be shelved for a while as I have a huge exciting opportunity to create a collection with one of my favourite yarn companies that I couldn’t turn down. The work on that will take me through to September but it will be awesome. But more on that in another post. So September is the next chance I’ll get to work on the Suffolk Collection.

I wore Silene Shawl and a navy sleeveless maxi dress to the festival. Silene is perfect hot weather wear as it looks lovely and is light enough to be draped over you to protect decolletage and shoulders if the sun is really fierce.

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Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

Joanne

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