After a long long wait it was finally time for me to get on a plane to Stuttgart and then onward to Backnang where the third Wollfest was going to take place this past weekend. Counting myself very lucky indeed for having been invited for the third time, I was looking forward to a couple of days of yarn heaven, teaching workshops, helping at my friend Renate’s stand, catching up with old friends and making lots of new ones. The event takes place at the Walldorf Schule, and by the end of the two days 1800 visitors had enjoyed the fruits of five peoples (the organising team) hard work over the past twelve month’s and the total dedication of the school caretaker. More about workshops etc. in a later post…

today I give you impressions of a fabulous weekend…

Backnang Town

Wollin Stand

Dibadu Stand

Filz und Mehr Stand

Holz und Stein Stand

Felt and Fun

Spiro Stand

Danica & Gabi Stand

Natures Luxuries Stand

Wollerey Stand

Wollsin Stand

Spiro Yarn

Filz Coat and bag

Walliser Blacknose from CH

Sheep Stand

Spinning Wheel

The Hall

Cafe

Just wait until you see my purchases…:)

dear diary,

for the first time in ages I have enjoyed my daily walks with Max this week. Lately the fields around me have been water logged and very soggy to walk in, no fun at all. All change this week, we have had frosty mornings…

My House

Where I live (you can just see my house)

…with bright sunshine.

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Me

Max and I have really enjoyed feeling the crisp air in our lungs and the warm sunshine on our backs…

Max

Max enjoys the warm rays

Boots

First time in ages my boots aren’t muddy

…and all this warm sunshine has encouraged first signs of life in my garden.

First Flowers

First sign of Spring in my garden

This week has also seen the birthday celebration of a dear friend held during our knitting group…

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Yarn filled Candy Jar – Gift for my friend

…and what would a week be without a little crochet 😉

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Crochet Spring Flower Keyring

Best of all…the weatherman says it’s going to be lovely for another week. Fingers crossed! 🙂

Dear diary,

On Saturday at lunchtime I got on a train and travelled to Newcastle upon Tyne to teach a workshop on Continental Knitting at my dear friend Anne’s yarn shop.

The Knit Studio

I don’t think that the term Yarn shop is quite right for this amazing Alladin’s cave of yarns, fabrics, books, notions, fibre and a whole lot more. This has got to be one of the most invitingly comfortable yarn shops there are. I don’t know of any others where the ceilings are so high you could abseil from them, or the sofas are so squishily soft that you don’t ever want to get up again…actually I don’t know of any other place that has huge sofas like this at all. It is enormously hard to leave again and I really want to have a sleepover upstairs (only to be reached by climbing a ladder) in the midst of all those yummy yarns that are stored there. But I digress…

I was there to teach 12 eager ladies how to knit continental style, and eager they were indeed.

Doing the Continental

more doing the Continental

Everyone was incredibly quick in learning the knit and purl stitch and before long needles were flying at quite some speed. Normally the day’s project doesn’t get started until after lunch, but not with this group. Oh no…they were on their way speedily and progressing well.

The Project

By the end of the day we had a few over half finished and beautifully knit cotton facecloths on the table. It is always a pleasure to teach but even more so when the group is so keen and doing so well. Keep practising girls, remember what we said:”A little continental a day keeps the boredom away!”.

Thank you all for making my day so enjoyable and thank you Anne for extending such a warm welcome and looking after us so well. I can’t wait to come back in October. 🙂

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