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News - April 2012

Wonderwool Wales 2012

Debbie wrapped up warm and cuddling her hot coffee

Debbie wrapped up warm and cuddling her hot coffee

Pete hugging his hot chocolate wearing  child's Kool Aid dyed knit mitts which somehow stretched to fit his hands!

Pete hugging his hot chocolate wearing child's Kool Aid dyed knit mitts which somehow stretched to fit his hands!

We're back home after another enjoyable trip to beautiful Builth Wales for Wonderwool Wales 2012. Running a mail order business can get a little bit lonely at time so we love getting out to shows, guilds and clubs around the country. After the long winter we always look forward to Wonderwool Wales as it's our first big show of each year and always fun.

Thank you to everyone who came along and said hello. It was lovely to catch up with old friends and to make some new ones as well. Lots of you took advantage of our show offer of 10% off the price of all undyed yarns and and it was great to meet so many newsletter subscribers who benefitted from an additional 5% off everything!

At Wonderwool Wales 2011 visitors were melting in the heat but the weather was certainly a bit different this year. Saturday was dry but Sunday was very cold and wet. Well done to everyone who struggled through to the show on the second day, especially when one road was blocked by not one, but two fallen trees! We were both very grateful for all Debbie's hand dyed and knitted samples on the stall, most of which we were wearing by the end of the day. We would like to say a special thank you to Preseli Coffee Roasters for keeping us going with fabulous fairly traded lattes and creamy hot chocolate!

The Welsh Assemby regulations that require retailers to charge 5p for use-once carrier bags are clearly effective as nearly everyone had brought their own bags. It just goes to show we can all do it if pushed! Hopefully the rest of the UK will introduce similar legislation to help educate us all in to better habits regarding carrier bags. As a special thank you we also gave all of our customers who spent over £20 a free cotton shopping bag to take away their purchases so there's no excuse to be using disposable carrier bags when you get home from the show :-)

Our apologies if you found our stall a little congested at times but unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control we had a smaller stall than planned. Hopefully we got to speak to you eventually and thank you for your patience. If you have any questions you didn't get to ask please get in touch and we will do our best to answer them.

Thank you again to everyone who came along. We hope you're all enjoying your new products and creating some fabulous and unique hand dyed projects. Don't forget to send us your photos for the gallery so we can show off your hard work and creativity!

Thanks to Chrissie and all of the other hard working Wonderwool Wales staff including the security team who put in some very long shifts keeping our stalls safe.

We look forward to seeing you all in Builth Wales next April for Wonderwool Wales 2013!

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