Our first post Covid Wool & Wine event was a huge success thanks to all the lovely people who attended and a great venue in Briars Hall, Burscough, Lancashire.
We chose Community as our theme and we are incredibly lucky in our area of the country to be well covered with Spinning, Weaving and Knitting groups both in the daytime and evenings for us all to get our fix.
I'm always impressed with anyone who turns up alone to join in with a room full of people they don't know but woolly people are usually a friendly bunch and I believe those who did arrive along were included and welcomed, it certainly was our intention to include all, especially after the couple of years we have had being isolated from one another.
As vendors we had local artisans, Martina and John from Jubilee Fibres and Colin and Carol from The Wool Boat, so along with us that made three boat dwellers selling their yarns. We also had Marianne from Penny Stitch Craft who was taking part in her first fair and Becky from Ovis yarns who was taking part in her last one. Although under the banner of yarn and fibre, each table had vastly different items we hope that appealed to everyone and their budgets. Lets face it, just getting out there and being able to squeeze some yarn was a delight!
Attending in the audience was Karen from Artemis Alpacas and Clara and Shaun from Natterjack Alpacas, pretty local alpaca farmers with fibre for spinners in all colours. Being able to chat face to face meant that we were able to get some ideas fermenting about future projects. Being able to connect to local producers as you know is very dear to our hearts and so being able to be in close contact with a producer, buy their fibre and then spin it is just the best. We're hoping to have some collaboration plans in the very near future
We all agreed it was just such a wonderful thing to be back in a normal setting where we could chat with likeminded people, inspire each other and buy one or two (or three) gorgeous yarns. Like normal old times. So if this is your thing, keep a lookout for our next event, probably around September time. Or, sign up to our newsletter and then you'll always hear about these things first and usually get a discount code!
If you have any suggestions for future events or speakers you would like to hear, then please get in touch and let me know. We have a few plans but we are always up for your ideas.
Next time x