Woolfest 2015 got off to a great start and by mid morning the venue was full of eager crafters.
The small stands were crammed with yarns, threads, finished goods and equipment.
Hand turned wooden drop spindles sat alongside inkle looms, rigid needle looms and spinning wheels.
This time I was accompanied by a partially sighted friend and one of her first comments was “does this piece of card say do not touch?”
Yarn crafts are naturally touchy feely and it is difficult for sighted people to not touch but it may be wise for vendors to have some sacrificial pieces which can allow more tactile interaction.
Woolfest also provides a great opportunity to meet rare breeds of sheep from local Herdwick to the
diminutive North Ronaldsay.
The Lakeland broadband was up to it’s usual antics with many of the vendors struggling to latch their card terminals to that ever elusive signal. However, most small businesses and the organisers were also accepting cheques.
Woolfest 2016 will be held on Friday 24 June 10am-6pm and Saturday 25 June 10am-5pm at Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria.
Visit the official Woolfest website for more information.