It is very hard to believe that this time next week Woolfest 2013 will all be over!  The build up to it this year seems to have been fairly relaxed for me, but looking back I've really been working towards it since early in January.  I did a lot of dyeing over the winter months, and while I'm sure there will be a last minute panic about what I have forgotten to do, I'm pretty well organised now.

The only thing not completed is a few projects which I'd hoped to have done by the time Woolfest came around.  Sadly, though, Floriston and Happy Street will both be "works in progress" at Woolfest, but I'll have them there for you to look at nonetheless.  I'm not sure quite how they'll be displayed, but they'll be there.

The bags packed and waiting to travel down to Woolfest are bursting at the seams with colour:

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I'll be bringing quite a few hanks of sock yarn in the Assynt Storms and Assynt Jewels range - each and every one unique, including these:

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I love the complex colours in the top hank:

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I'll also have laceweight Assynt Jewels:

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along with many, many hanks of solid or semi-solid shades:

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I'm also thrilled to tell you that Anne-Lise Maigaard, designer of the beautiful shawl Desert Veil, will be visiting my stand on Friday afternoon at 2.00pm.  She designed Desert Veil using Ripples Crafts Alpaca/Silk laceweight yarn,

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and I can't say too much, but we are collaborating on a couple more projects - I'm very excited about them.  One is very secret, and we will be spending time together once Woolfest closes for the day chatting over the finer details of this project.  It will be the first time Anne-Lise and I have met too, so there is a lot to look forward to.

For those of you coming to Woolfest you'll find me in the same place as last year, Stand J205/206.  Once again Dorothy and Lizzi will be helping out on the stand so there will be a few of us to help you if you're stuck or can't decide on colours.  Besides yarn I'll have Yarn Pals, Swifts, stitch markers and patterns ranging from Anne-Lise's Desert Veil and Berkenan to the wonderful children's pattern Ravi Junior, designed by Carol Feller.  You'll be able to see a knitted up sample of Ravi Jnr to inspire you, along with many other knitted up samples.  I also have a few copies of Colours of Shetland, along with a large amount of hand dyed shetland wool.

So if you're at a loose end next Friday and Saturday between 10.00 and 6.00 and you find yourself close to Mitchell's Auction Mart near Cockermouth, you could do worse than stopping off at Woolfest 2013!