Wonderwool Wales

Wonderwool is a massive wool and fibre festival held at the Royal Welsh Showgrounds in Builth Wells (Powys). My friend has been going with her mum & her mum’s friends for a few years now. They rent a caravan and spend the day ogling yarn. It’s always an annual highlight for her. This year my friend very kindly invited me, too. It really was amazing!

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This was the view across from our cabin. It was so beautiful. I went for an early morning stroll as I had trouble sleeping. Perhaps it was the excitement. 🙂

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There was a lovely little stream with lots of ducks and a single, sleepy swan.

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And a rope bridge, leading across to a fancy hotel. I didn’t dare go into the grounds, but I couldn’t resist walking across the bridge. I do love a swingy bridge!

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The Showgrounds are massive, with 3 gigantic exhibitions halls. In spite of all the people, though, it didn’t feel claustrophic. It was quite an impressive feat.

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I thought this wool & embroidered village was incredible. It represents the village from Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. It was put together by a large number of artists, but I can’t even imagine how long it would have taken.

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There were also some very sweet sheep and lambs around. I did think it was terrible that they were inside, though, particularly at an agricultural showground where there must have been plenty of other options for places to have them.

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This little felt owl (and the pumpkin you can see in the background) were made by one of the women we went with. It is so adorable, and I think when she makes more I will try to buy one! The festival was particularly full of wooltops this year, so ideal for needlefelters and spinners.

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I, on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky this year. There were so many stalls with beautiful yarn, dyed and undyed. I had a brilliant time ogling & stroking. However, I went with a plan in mind. I was looking for a very specific shade of green in a 4 ply yarn for a sweater I’ve been wanting to make. I was convinced I was going to find it – 3 halls full of yarn! But unfortunately I think the yarn I want might not exist. 😦 I think I’ll have to have it custom dyed.

Instead I bought 5 hanks of undyed yarn for £20. Bargain! I know what I’m doing with 3 of the skeins, but have 2 more to find small projects for. Ideas gratefully received!

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I also bought this 4 ply green yarn. £10 for 8 balls – also a bargain. I’ve got some nice vintage sweater patterns I’ll probably use it for. My friend bought the same yarn and only used 3 balls for an entire cardigan, so I’m hopeful I’ll get a couple of nice pieces out of it.

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All in all, in spite of failing to get what I went for, it was a fantastic weekend! I hope I get to go again, and I would certainly encourage you to go.

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2 thoughts on “Wonderwool Wales

  1. I love that bridge. Of course, you had to walk over it. Who could resist?

    That wool and embroidery village is amazing. I am in awe of the talent that can create such things. I always enjoy your posts about wool and knitting even though I have never knitted anything in my life. One day I will give it a try.

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