Magical Knitting at Wonderwool Wales

Wonderwool – Be Inspired!

I have been looking forward to Wonderwool Wales for several weeks. So has He Who Doesn’t Knit, although what he actually means is he’s looking forward to walking in the hills near the Royal Welsh Show Ground. Finally the much anticipated weekend arrives, the alarm goes at 5 am and we’re on the road by 6 am.

He Who Doesn’t Knit had his map and route planned out, and so had I. Wonderwool published a floor plan for the three halls on their website. My plan was to visit the exhibitions, see a Sheepwalk (which I missed last year), visit some exhibitors to buy yarn and others to squidge their yarn (aka, learn about their range), and generally have a good woolly time.

In this post I’m going to tell you about a fantastical installation and the Sheepwalk.

A Magical Knitted Installation

Walk past the hardy fisherman sitting at the entrance. Isn’t that lobster rather beautiful?

Above and Below the Waves exhibition at Wonderwool Wales

Enter the magical undersea kingdom. Take some time to absorb it all.

Above and Below the Waves exhibition at Wonderwool Wales

As you leave, you’ll glimpse a mermaid with a beautiful tail.

Above and Below the Waves exhibition at Wonderwool Wales

Walk along the side and pause to take it all in. Seaside creatures, seaweed and shells. Cliffs, sand and pebbles.  A lighthouse, a Punch and Judy theatre, and sunbathers. All knitted or crocheted. There’s something to delight everyone here!

Above and Below the Waves exhibition at Wonderwool Wales

Above and Below the Waves is Ann and Alison Murray’s most ambitious project so far. Around 2000 people, of all ages, knitted or crocheted individual pieces. These were assembled by a dedicated group of Devon knitters under the guidance of Alison and Ann. It took nearly 2 years to complete the knitting and crocheting and over 5 months to sew it all together.

Above and Below the Waves exhibition at Wonderwool Wales

The visit to Wonderwool is part of the Above and Below the Waves tour around the UK; so far £15000 has been raised for the RNLI. Very appropriate, as the project was inspired by the Devon coastline.

Above and Below the Waves exhibition at Wonderwool Wales

A Catwalk with a Difference

The Wonderwool Sheepwalk gives exhibitors a chance to show off their wearable products in a fashion show. There was a variety of knitted, crochet, felted and woven items and even several felted creatures as well as a real dog! However, my best photos are all of knitted accessories. Sadly, taking good photos of moving people at a distance is beyond me and my camera, so I’m showing you some of my better ones. They’re a little blurry, but you can still appreciate the design and technical skills involved.

Firstly, here’s a beautiful Shetland shawl and tam from The Shetland Sheep Society.

Shetland shawl on the Sheepwalk at Wonderwool Wales 2016

Here are two stunning Shetland lace shawls (I didn’t catch the name of the exhibitor).

Shetland shawls on the Sheepwalk at Wonderwool Wales 2016

Here’s John from the Wool Zone winning the prize for wearing the most hand knit garments and accessories. He was having far too much fun on the Sheepwalk; he even bought his own music for his turn!

John from The Wool Zone modeling fingerless mittens, socks and a throw at Wonderwool Wales 2016

Here are some of Wonderwool’s stewards in their crocheted hi-vis jackets. What a great idea!

Stewards in crocheted high-vis vests on the Sheepwalk at Wonderwool Wales 2016

And finally, all the models preparing for a group photo.

The Sheepwalk models at Wonderwool Wales 2016

Coming Next …

This could be a far longer post as Wonderwool was so good. However, I’m going to stop now and write about the fabulous yarn, and maybe show you my purchases, next time.

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