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Bielefeld spinnt – how it went.

Bielefeld spinnt is over, and I’ve sort of regenerated a bit – thanks to a nice, relaxing day off work yesterday. It’s sort of funny to turn a Tuesday into a personal Sunday, but nice in its own way. Plus you can go shopping (which in Germany is not possible on a real Sunday, as all the shops are closed.)

The fair was lovely, but altogether also quite a trip, and quite exhausting. Going to a fair with a booth is always a wild ride, with a lot of delight but also a lot of stress. (In case you are interested, I can give you a rundown on my days – let me know!)

In Bielefeld, Margit and I were in the larger hall of the main building, on the ground floor. That meant we were smack dab in the middle of a light, airy room, and right beside a coffee booth too. It’s always good to be near a coffee source!


View of my bit of the fair – the table all set up and ready for the fair!

With the courses that both Margit and I gave, together with alternately manning both booths when the other was teaching, we did keep busy all weekend long.


Margit’s stall and mine, side-by-side or whatever you call it when two stalls form an L-shape…

So busy, in fact, that I didn’t get to knit a single stitch the whole weekend, including the evenings. Which means that neither the Baton Rouge jacket nor the Moyen Age sweater are finished yet.

But after all, I can knit at home and all the time, but at the fair, I had the opportunity to meet and chat with lots and lots of nice people, and I sold so many distaffs and spinning kits that I have to make more straightaway to have a bit of a selection to bring to Weikersheim. That’s part of the obligatory After-Fair-Homework. (There is no fair without homework. Never. There’s always something you discover that needs mending, or changing, or some other kind of attention – and that’s on top of the usual after-fair work such as taking stock and doing the book-keeping.)

So thanks to the organisers for all their hard work, and thanks to all the helpers at the fair – I had a lovely time, and I’m looking forward to the next German Ravelry meetup!


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One Response to Bielefeld spinnt – how it went.

  1. Just to let you know that I attended this festival since I was visiting in Germany from northern New York. It was a lovely fair and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did not realize that it was a Ravelry get-together. It is now 2019 and I am back in Germany looking to vidit some wool market, but have not found anything. I proudly wear the “Bielefeld Spinnt” t-shirt to wool festivals and classes in the USA, of which there are many.

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