Wonderwool Wales

I had a nice day out on Saturday.  DS1 and 3 were camping so I went to the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells for Wonderwool Wales.

I went by train on the Heart of Wales line, which is probably the most picturesque rail journey in Wales, winding its way through from Shropshire to Swansea.  At the railway station I got on, you had to hail the driver for him to stop the train, like getting on a bus! 

The show was fun – it was part of the Smallholders’ show but I mostly stayed in the Wonderwool area.  There were lots of yummy fibres and yarns, and lots of local producers and processors of the fibres.  And craftspeople from all over the UK. 

There were also animals there!  Here are a couple of alpacas which I fell in love with!

two alpacas

And lots of different sorts of British sheep, which I found fascinating because up to now I thought sheep were sheep and didn’t realise they were so different and individual.

ryeland sheep

These are Ryeland sheep.  They have such sweet faces.   A lady there told me that apparently their wool doesn’t felt, which makes it useful if you don’t want it to!

wensleydale longwool

This is the Wensleydale longwool – its wool was very soft!

jacobs sheep

This is the Jacobs sheep.  There were lots of other coloured sheep there with different variations of colours between black, grey, browns as well as whites.  I wished at this point that I wasn’t travelling on the train because it precluded me buying lots of fibre but I did buy a drop spinning kit from Hedgehog Equipment who are based near Abergavenny which isn’t that far from Newport.  I picked up lots of leaflets with links to websites so I can find them again readily if I take to it!

There were also angora goats in another of the sheds.  At least, I hope they are angora goats – I get very confused with the non-wool fibres…

angora goat

6 Replies to “Wonderwool Wales”

  1. I really loved that report and your photos Liz. I hope your DH will not be jealous of those Lamas you fell in love with. The Ryeland sheep on the other hand seem to be very much in love with each other.

  2. Hope you enjoy your spinning, you can use all that wonderful fleece that is available in Wales. It is also great fun to due the fleece with natural dyes. – especially onion skins. Do your boys like onion soup?


  3. Haven’t even started the spinning yet, Maggie – it’ll probably sit there for several months! Actually, I’ve got onion skins on the boil as I type – I’d been collecting them for a few weeks meaning to use them and now I’ve started knitting with the pencil roving and see how quickly the yarn is diminishing I’ve decided I might need to dye a bit more sooner rather than later!

  4. That surely does look like an angora goat. We have some at the children’s petting farm nearby here. The park guide told us that the horns are not removed from them as they are necessary for the goats’ temperature control.
    I’ll be back to see what you’ve made with these onion skins and gathered fibers. Please show us!

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