|Yarnival Woolly Advert in the Post Office Window|
I chose a route and set off. Powered along the bypass to Barrowford - bit of a slog on the uphill but wonderful on the downhill stretch. This will be a piece of cake, I thought. Turned off and was pleased to find a handy underpass system to guide me under the M65 and I headed into Nelson. I had decided to take a rural route but had only checked it out on Google Maps..... silly woman. It looked so innocuous and of course there are no contours on Google Maps so I was completely unprepared for the one and a half miles of hill that is Barkerhouse Road! And then just when I thought I was at the top there was even more hill to go up. It took me ages. But I did it. Hooray for me. Sweaty and with a face the colour of beetroot I must say the twisty downhill bit was good fun.
Heading into the village of Trawden I suddenly realised that I hadn't made a note of the building that I was headed for and was a bit worried that after all the hill related hassle of getting there it would be all in vain. I needn't have worried as the wonderful organisers had been busy...
I met some really interesting, quirky and cool people too.
|Pete from Spindlers 2|
|Beautiful wooden spindles from Spindlers 2|
Freyalyn was also spinning but this time with a wheel rather than by hand.
|Freyalyn in action|
|Some of Freyalyn's sumptuous hand-dyed sock yarn. Yummy|
|Kate, event organiser and purveyor of gorgeous yarns at the Hawthorn Tree|
|Displays of knitting and crochet pieces - I especially liked the green monster made by pupils at Trawden Forest Primary School.|
Took my new iPhone with me and all the photos were taken using it. They are ok - not used to the phone so lots have my finger over the viewfinder!! Also used the GPS to find out where I was when unsure. Nick was able to track my progress too so that was pretty cool - he would have been able to pinpoint where exactly I was if I'd needed to be picked up at all!
All in all a really great event. I hear there is talk of next year's event so maybe it'll be back again next year. I do hope so. Although I will choose a different route to cycle next time!!