Category Archives: Wonderwool Wales

Wooly Weekend Wanderings

We’ve been on a couple of fun wooly weekend family outings recently that I thought I would share.¬† If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you might have seen some of these photos already ūüôā

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In April we went¬†to the free Secret Garden exhibition organised by the Milestone Trust at the Paintworks in Bristol which was designed to “bring¬†the outdoors imaginatively indoors,¬†and explore the way in which¬†people interpret and play with¬†green spaces”.

Entering through the enchanted forest of hanging trees, we followed the needle-felt sculpture trail,  through the graffiti tunnel to the beautiful secret garden with its knitted and crocheted plants.

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Look at these sweet sunflowers and pom-pom tree:

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A treehouse city:

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Knitted vegetables and a knitted fruit tree:

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As we left the Paintworks, I admired these Airstream Caravans and the cool urban landscape:

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Stopping for a picnic lunch, we popped across the road to Arnos Vale Cemetry to discover¬†it’s famous yarn bomb trail.¬† Arnos Vale Cemetry is¬†steeped in Bristolian history – it was established by the Victorians in 1837¬†providing 45 acres of heritage and a rare wildife haven in the city.¬† My great great grandparents are buried there.¬† The cemetery is open every day all year round with “visitors being free to wander¬†the site’s extensive network of paths, watch¬†seasonal change and nature, discover the fascinating stories told on gravestones, pay respect to lost loved ones or heroes, follow a themed trail or sit and contemplate in a tranquil setting. Visitors can also take advantage of an ever-expanding range of exhibitions, self-guided trails, guided walks and events”.

As we set off, the start of the trail looked really quite promising….

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Squeals of delight could be heard as my girls discovered the various wooly delights on display on a pretty primrose lined path that led down to the¬†Atrium Cafe…..

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Before our journey home, someone I know who really likes to crochet might just have left a little something behind…. I wonder if its still there!?

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Our other wooly adventures in April took us to beautiful Wales and an annual visit to Wonderwool Wales.¬† Another great family day out.¬† I didn’t take¬†quite as¬†many photos as I did last year.¬† Here are a few favourite snaps from our day:

Shetland Sheep:

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Inspiring crochet:

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Obligatory welsh icecream from Llanfaes Dairy in Brecon (Blackcurrant flavour incase you are wondering!?):

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Giant knitting needles and kits available from Abergwenllan :

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A fantastic crocheted ripple blanket incorporating wool from 44 British Sheep Breeds from Eden Cottage Yarns (there are more details and photos on the ECY blog if you are interested):

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An adorable¬†‘knit your own fox’ from BomBella Knit Kits:

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And lovely vintage knitting accessories:

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There was also an amazing knitted garden on display:

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We drove home through some spectacular scenery in Mid Wales:

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And headed home over the Severn Bridge:

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April was certainly a yarn-filled month.

Have a great weekend; I’ll leave you with a photo of some cheery Spring daffodils!

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Knit Your Own Sheep and Wonderwool

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This weekend I have been knitting up an adorable little sheep called Pearl.¬† Project Ravelled here. I bought my Knit Your Own Sheep kit from Made by Ewe at Wonderwool Wales last April and she has been waiting very ¬†patiently since then to be brought to life.¬† Pearl is a sheep¬†helping to¬†support British farmers, being knitted from 100% pure British Wool.¬† Her removable¬†fleece is knitted in¬†beautiful blue Shetland yarn and she is stuffed¬†with soft natural fleece.¬† I have a feeling Pearl will be keeping her hooves crossed for some more little friends to join her flock soon…

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your own flock of sheep and produce your own wool to spin and knit with?

Talking of Wonderwool, I was very excited to see the event being advertised again for 2013.¬† Hooray for¬†wonderful yarn¬†events to look forward to throughout the year.¬† Last April my family and I spent a very enjoyable day at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells at this fabulous festival of Welsh and British¬†wool and natural fibres.¬† When we visited, we were fairly new to such events and¬†both my crochet addict daughter and I were overwhelmed by the wonderful displays : a feast for the eyes…

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So many stalls of wonderful yarn and accessories in every texture and colour of the rainbow…

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Look at this amazing crochet:

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Gorgeous natural fibres….

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Some amazing local produce (make mental note to return to Wales and¬†sample the award winning icecream from Llanfaes Dairy and¬†Ralph’s Cider & Perry¬†again: yum) and of course lots of¬†fun for the little ones…

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We came home full of inspiration and totally buzzing with ideas; each¬†with¬†a bag of¬†highly prized¬†and carefully chosen yarns (and in Miss E’s case, materials for needlefelting) for projects to¬†try out¬†in¬†the coming year.

Which wool shows¬†/ yarn festivals are you going to this year?¬† I’m hoping to go to Yarndale: it sounds fantastic.¬† A trip to the Rowan Mill in Holmfirth would be pretty amazing too don’t you think!? I’ve just been reading about the designer Kate Davies collaboration with Rowan and a visit to the Mill would be the¬†icing on the cake for a yarnfilled 2013,¬†I think.

I hope you are enjoying making crafty and yarny plans for 2013.  Happy weekend!