Fun at Fibre East
The weekend was spent in a field in Thurleigh outside Bedford at Fibre East – now in its second year. The event has grown a lot since we were there last year, and we think it is definitely one to put in the calendar for next year!
We arrived Friday afternoon after only an hour on the road – Fibre East is practically our local show! The weather was rather lovely and we were optimistic for the weekend ahead. There had been so much talk about torrential rain and muddy fields, everyone was a bit anxious!
After setting up our stand we were heading back to the hotel; only ten min down the road, Tracy realised a man in a car behind was flashing his lights at us, (and no – he was not trying to chat Tracy up) he was letting us know that the back door of the van was open and that things were flying out of it! We closed the doors and quickly turned around to have a look. On the way it started to rain… And we are talking heavy rain, not just a drizzle. It was pelting down – monsoon style!! We searched along the road, getting wetter by the minute, but couldn’t find anything apart from a plastic bag. However, the view was lovely.
When we returned to Fibre East the next morning we found a field in slightly different conditions. The rain had caused some flooding and there were puddles everywhere. Luckily a very kind woman from another stand had rescued our stock that was left on the ground, so we didn’t have any damage to our yarn or patterns. We got the rest of the stand ready and at 10am trading started. We didn’t think anyone would be brave enough to come yarn shopping in a soggy field in the rain, but we were wrong! It evidently takes more than rain and mud to put off the diehard knitters of Britain. Some were even walking around bare feet! Kari-Helene was wondering whether to join them as her boots were as wet on the inside as out… Next time she will bring wellies. Promise.
Although we had wet and muddy conditions, we considered ourselves lucky. Some of the tents were much worse of then us and the traders were wading in mud. We still managed to keep the grass practically green on our stand! First we were concerned it was because we had no customers, but this was definitely not the case! We had a laugh with everyone who came passed exchanging advice on how best to stay dry in tricky conditions and talking about what we do best; yarn, knitting and design.
On Sunday morning we got off to a brighter start with glorious sunshine and warmer temperatures. We made the most off everything Fibre East had to offer and enjoyed fabulous food from the farm shop at Scale End Farm, gorgeous views over green fields and skillful demonstrations of sheep sheering.
Here are a few other snaps from the weekend. If you were there, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did (eventually), and we hope to see you again next year!