This weekend, the stars aligned perfectly: the Social Wool Fair was on, the eldest son needed a lift to Wellington airport so he could get a flight back to Auckland and the youngest son had a play date with his best friend in Wellington. This meant that a) I would be in Wellington, and b) I got a few spare hours all to myself and could go to the Fair! Hurrah!!
After dropping the boys at their respective destinations, I arrived at about lunch time. I had a quick bite to eat in the knit cafe, and then proceeded into the hall, where I found my tribe (somehow that picture didn’t end up focused very well…!)
I was making my way slowly around the stalls and enjoying catching up with Helen, James, Susan, Nikki, Denise and others when I noticed that everyone had started packing up! No!! What was this!? I thought the event didn’t finish until 4pm!? My carefully timed schedule of visiting stalls and having time to chat was ruined! Turns out the ending time had been changed to 2pm.
I finished making the rounds as quickly as possible, but didn’t manage to catch everyone. And I didn’t get to take any more pictures of pretty yarn displays!
I’ll just have to show you what I did manage to acquire:
That’s more Anna Gratton 4 ply 100% pure wool in natural and a hand-dyed number called Mango (I woke up inspired to knit a shawl that morning), my first Zauberball, a pretty colourway called “The Blessed William” in Port sock yarn (100% superwash merino) from Dark Harbour Yarns and a nice selection of Outlaw Yarns Bohemia Sport that I hope I can turn into a colourwork number of some kind (it was a bit hard to think when everything was being packed up around me). Everything else is self-explanatory.
Sadly, the social knitting time I had carefully planned did not eventuate, so instead I visited a food court where I had some afternoon tea and knit a tiny bit of sock before it was time to collect the young boy.
This is Happy-go-knitty 100% BFL sock yarn in her rainbow colourway.
It was a good afternoon. Thank you, Nanette and Co., for donating your time and energy to making this event for a good cause happen.
We were lucky that we did not encounter any flooding on the way home. The weather in the lower half of the North Island has caused severe flooding in some parts – I hope everyone is okay!
Thanks so much for all your comments on my last post. I thought I had better do some research to identify the little critter I photographed last week. Turns out, she is indeed a species of stick insect (they eat plants and not other insects and are usually flightless). This is one of New Zealand’s eight species of Variable Stick Insect (genus Acanthoxyla), distinguished by the appearance of black spikes on their heads and bodies.