For the third year running we attended Fibre East but for the first time it was not held in the fabulous fields of farm. Last year we had torrential rain and the fields turned into complete quagmires and to be on the safe side the location had been moved to Redborne Community College and we were placed safely under roof in the sports hall of the school. The place lacked the stunning scenery and tranquil ambience the farm provided but when it started raining cats and dogs on Saturday night we were quietly pleased our yarn and patterns were safe.
Last year we stayed at a Travelodge and Kari-Helene was determined to find somewhere slightly more cosy for us to stay this year. This shouldn’t be so hard, really. Kari-Helene came up with Twin Lodge B&B, and this proved to be a real find. Hosts Paula and Jonathan were extremely welcoming. We started our stay with a lovely afternoon tea in the garden with Paula and Jonathan’s two black poodles providing entertainment.
Our rooms were fabulous, breakfast fantastic and their hospitality remarkable. It really felt as if we were spending the weekend visiting old friends. We will definitely be returning if we are in the area again.
Fibre East kicked off with a stunning, sunny and warm day and we were all worried yarn and knitting would not be on the agenda for most people that day. It proved to be fairly busy and we met some lovely people and managed to shift some alpaca yarn to summery clad visitors. The ice cream stall was probably the busiest of all that day though… Here are a few shots from the day:
Sunday, however, was a much quieter day. It seemed like a lot of people had done their shopping on Saturday and spent Sunday in the garden! Overall Fibre East is a good event, but even with the mud we preferred it in the field. The visitor numbers were higher, as a customer it was easier to find your way around and it was just prettier! Now I know the latter is strictly not a necessity, but it just creates a lovely feeling! We are curious to see how they move the event forward.
This is what our stand looked like: