We are definitely on the countdown for Wonderwool now (17 days till set-up day!) and just waiting for yarns to arrive. The Wonderwool blanket is almost finished and Ruth is working on her shawl design too.
The 'raison d'etre' of our stand is British yarn and we're trying to get some locally produced yarn in there too. We are collaborating with Woolly Wumpkins so our stand will be have lots of lovely hand-dyed yarns and 'shop' yarns complementing each other. We are taking a brand that we don't stock in the shop yet which is Yarn Stories. It is produced by Spectrum Yarns in Yorkshire and spun on site at their mill in Slaithwaite. Ruth and I visited the mill last year as it is also the home of Stylecraft. We will have Yarn Stories DK merino on the stand (and can take orders for any of their other thicknesses) which is a lovely soft 100% wool yarn. Ruth and I will both be wearing jumpers knitted in the yarn and will have other examples of the yarn made up for customers to caress. We'll also have yarns available from Stylecraft to support the Cosmic CAL again with examples made up.
I've already blogged about the Wonderwool blanket which is made from Wensleydale Gems from West Yorkshire Spinners and we are also taking Blue Faced Leicester aran, the Croft aran, Jacobs DK and Signature Sock yarn. The shawl Ruth has designed uses Signature together with Woolly Wumpkins and shows how you can mix 'trade' and indie-dyed yarns very successfully.
There's lots more work to do before we are ready to go but we really can't wait now -- don't forget Stand U11 in Hall 3 at Wonderwool Wales in Builth Wells on 28 & 29th April.
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Here we will share our experiences of running a local yarn shop in South Wales.