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Proper Woolly, Holsworthy, Devon

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Proper Woolly, Holsworthy, Devon:  "We want to demonstrate the full cycle of natural fibres, from sheep to jumper and all the many wonderful stages in between. There will be plenty to see and do, with demonstrations, workshops and various fibre animals for you to come and meet, plus exhibitors covering every element of fibre crafts. Whether your interest is spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, crochet, felting or indeed anything fibre based, there will be plenty for you at Proper Woolly"

 

After struggling to pack the car with both stock and camping equipment, it limped up the county and deposited us safely in Devon without breaking.  We braved the weather and camped for the weekend.  Our tent is amazing.  We bought it from Halfords as part of a large camping kit a few years ago and it has managed to withstand the most terrible weather the West Country has ever thrown at us, all without leaking. 

 

We found the Cattle Market in Holsworthy without too much difficulty, and happily located my own personal cattle pen.

 

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This picture shows my little girl modelling a giant felt flower hair clip and one of my felty waistcoats.  She stole it on the first day and refused to relinquish it for the whole weekend.  I'm going to have to make another one to replace it in my stock because I don't think she's going to give it back.

 

It was lovely to discuss both felting and knitting techniques with so many lovely and interested people.  I met a large number of sheep and some beautiful angora rabbits.  I did spend an inordinate amount of time wandering around and grinning at the sheer quanitiy of gorgeous yarns and fibres on display. I managed to restrain myself and only brought home a little bit of fibre.

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I can't wait to play with these beautiful locks, I have so many ideas for them.

 

One of the highlights of the show was the knitted house, which travels from festival to festival.  

 

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Now I'm back home and looking forward to getting started again with lots of new ideas for jewellery and clothing.