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Fun at Fibre East

The Purl Team had the opportunity to exhibit at Fibre East in Bedfordshire, at a festival to celebrate fibre and crafts in East Anglia.  The faithful Bessie (the van), was loaded with all our stuff, plus some extras.  Tracy packed sacks full of different coloured alpaca fibre that, although good quality, was too short to process into our yarn.  ‘Might be handy for spinners’ she thought.  Well she was right and lots of new contacts were made!
Our stand was on the edge of the marquee but wasn’t high enough for us to display the designs and yarn in our usual way.  After trying to build a trellis pyramid and other interesting but impractical ideas, horizontal thinking came into play and we were pleased with the way the stand looked after removing the knitted pockets and resewing them on to the trellis.   

We had just set everything out when we noticed we were being dripped on – yes the children had left school for their summer holidays and so it had started to rain, and rain, and rain!  We had the leaky corner!  So we removed everything from the trellis after the show and put it all back each morning.  We needn’t have worried though, the weather was perfect all weekend.

During the well organised and absolutely lovely show, we had a chance to catch up with some familiar faces, Katie modelling her Misty Turban

and Marianne wearing her much loved Duchess.  Here she is with husband Barry, with their display of products on the Picperfic stand.

So many thanks to Pauline, Sarah and Belinda for popping in to say “Hello”, to the people who recognised Tracy from the TV and to everyone who helped us enjoy this lovely show and make it a special weekend.  Kari-Helene, slaving over the hot new designs wasn’t in Bedfordshire with us, but we talked of her often (so she was there in spirit).  Special thanks go to Fiona, without whom Tracy wouldn’t have coped!

Finally, a handy tip – if ever you need to stop or stay near the Black Cat Roundabout on the A1, try The Little Chef there.  It’s adopted Heston’s recommendations and not only is the food lovely and affordable, the staff are helpful and polite (and not one greasy spoon in sight)!

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