It was very busy as always. I come here to stock up with the necessary essentials, but also to see what is new since the last show, and exhibitions which are a part of the show.
The Devon Lace group with Allhallows Museum in Honiton staged a lovely exhibition of lace from the museum.
I would love to be able to make bobbin lace, but it is just another thing I just haven't got time for.
Knitting has definitely made a comeback and this was also reflected at the show, with new yarn suppliers. I was mostly interested in a couple of Devon companies, supplying alpaca wool:
where I bought this beautiful mix of alpaca wool and silk for a pair of gloves. It feels fantastically soft and I can't wait to knit with it!
Another local company is The Little Wool Company, which I hope to buy some yarn from in the future.
Another interesting stand was "Devon Weavers". Weaving is another on my list of things to learn.
Also "Chinese and Celtic Knots".
I long time ago I bought a book about knots, but I found it very difficult to learn this craft from a book. Knots can have so many uses, from embellishments to jewelery making.
There was also a small exhibition of costumes from the first series of Downton Abbey.
After leaving the show, we drove along the coast and stopped for a late lunch at a very pleasant pub,
The Masons Arms in Branscome,
and later drove down to the Branscome beach for a walk, on a warm sunny afternoon.
We finished our afternoon with a pot of tea, sitting outside a restaurant, overlooking the beach.
It was a wonderful day.