Saturday, April 3, 2010

Trefiw woolen mills

I spent 3 weeks in Great Britain for palynological training for BP. I got to spend about one week of that time working with a great consulting company, Petrostat, in Conwy. Conwy is located in North Wales and is a lovely walled city. In addition to working with some great palynologists I got to spend some time exploring the welsh countryside. One thing i knew before I traveled there was that Wales is full of rolling hills and those rolling hills are full of sheep!

Having known that beforehand I decided to see if I could find any local yarn shops before I went there. Instead of a yarn shop I found something even better- a woolen mill. The Trefiw woolen mill is located about 9 miles away from Conwy down this windy country road. It is a mill that runs on the mountain stream that flows right through the little village. Unfortunately the mill was not running just yet. It was closed for the winter season and I was about 2 weeks too early.

I did get to visit it and walk around. It had a great little dying garden with plants used to dye the yarn, a nice area to show you how the yarn is processed, and a great little store full of hand woven goodies and nice yarn.

I had a great time and even got a few souvenirs!

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