Some events, after a while, begin to take on a life of their own and create such a stir of excitement that word spreads and there’s a sense of impending celebration.
The Celebration of Wool day at the Old Bus Depot Markets is now such an event. This Sunday will be my fifth or sixth time at the celebration and as such has become a bit of a marker of how far I’ve come. I feel like each year I learn a little bit more about myself as a knitter and wool buyer.
Each year, my interests grow and change and I know a little more about what it is I’m looking for, what suits me and what doesn’t. The first year or two, I was clueless. Really. I didn’t undertand the terminology, the vast array of weights and fibres, or what half of it would be used for. As the years go by, and my knowledge increases, I approach the room full of wonders with a stronger sense of what I need, what I will use and how I will most successfully add to my beloved stash.
This doesn’t stop me from losing myself, just a little bit, to that thrilling, heart pounding, head ringing joy of being in the midst of people just like me – people who are there for the colour and the oh-so-tactile magic of being around THAT much yarn. And that for me is the tricky bit – to go there knowing I will give myself over the sensory deluge, that I will be overwhelmed by vast numbers of people to talk to and spend time with and yet still want to come out of there knowing I got good stash.
It’s a balancing act and one I wouldn’t give up for anything.
This year I’m a little bit excited that there are friends of mine amongst the stall holders. Friends of many of yours, too, I imagine. This year, Ailsa of Knitabulous Yarns and Donna of Random Knits are sharing a stall for their combined talents – hand dyed yarns from Ailsa and project bags and needle rolls from Donna.
Ailsa is very kindly giving away a skein of her gorgeous stuff to the first person who tells her they read her post on the Markets and introduces themselves to her. They’ll be there with Canberra’s own Michelle of Buttontree lane selling her project bags, which we all know are great products and her friend Carrie who also produces some wonderful hand dyed yarns.
So if you haven’t been before, come along, see how it all works down on the Kingston Foreshore from 10am. Many of the usual market stall holders will be there too, sharing space with an amazing array of wool and other fibre products from around the country. And yes, rumour has it that a certain attractive farmer from country Victoria will be putting in an appearance this year. For more on that and other wonders from last year, see my post from the 2009 Celebration of Wool day, to hopefully whet your appetite.
Hope to see you there!
ps all photos, except the last one, courtesty of the Old Bus Depot Markets, with permission.