Thursday morning was free time, so we headed over to Bassenthwaite Lake to do a bit of walking. It was overcast and grey, but the woodland walk which runs alongside the lake is very pretty.
After lunch and fruit shopping in Keswick, it was on to the Mart at Cockermouth for the great unpacking and setting up. I am always amazed at how long it takes me to set up the stand. It takes about 4 hours, and even after that there is usually some frou frouing to do the following day before the doors open.
Here is the "oh good grief where did I put XYZ" stage:
And here is the "I'm too tired to decide how to display the samples" stage:
And here is the "I've had enough! Get me home and get me fed now!" stage:
And as usual, I forgot to take a photograph once the stand was more or less just how I wanted it. With venues such as Woolfest, you always have to be prepared to compromise on the final "look" of your stand. It can be frustrating, but you really do have to do your best with what you have and then let it go.
Thank you to one and all who came to say hello and to buy yarn. And thank you to my glamorous assistants, Dorothy and Lizzi for their help and support. And a very big thank you to Stevan for ferrying me about, doing all the driving, and for putting up with all my pre-show nerves and post-show tiredness. It is hard to believe that this was my 7th Woolfest. Where has the time gone? I had a quick look back through my blog entries to my first Woolfest stand in 2009. Quite a lot less yarn than I took this year - it is good to see how the business has grown.
Once I've had a chance to unpack from Woolfest I'll update the shop. But in the mean time, I wanted to tell you that I have decided to discontinue the Na Dannsairean 4ply base. The remaining stock will be put up at a reduced price, and this will be your last chance to buy it.
I have some exciting news about events in August, but more of that later this week. For the next few days I intend to take it a bit easy.