The mill specialises in traditional Welsh woven blankets, throws, tweeds and some clothing. They produce the items from the raw wool and in the season you can watch the weaving. The products are just beautiful, rich with colour and understandably quiet expensive due to the labour intensive production.
If you've got lots of money and are a confident sewer you can buy the fabric on the bolt.
But what I like about these places is you often find offcuts of fabric to buy or oddments of wool and this was no exception. Lots of beautiful hand dyed wool from about £7 a ball but I'm not good enough for that level, I bought this recycled fabric wool to make small things.
My best find was this scrap bag of bits of woven cloth, the colours are just lovely and there's a great smell of fresh wool to it. I think I'll be able to make some brooches and things.
Not far from the mill is the pretty village of Betws Y Coed, one of those honey pot villages which is way too busy and heaving with tourists in the summer when I've driven through it before. This time I got a look around as it was quiet. The only reason I'm mentioning it is because I found they still had a Hawkshead, one of my favourite shops which seem to have closed down everywhere else.
Here it is, and here are some new walking boots I picked up in their sale,
Moving on and somewhere I discovered last year was the fabulous Wheelers fabrics in Machynlleth so I popped in for a few bits of luscious cotton! Always worth a look if you go to Machynlleth.
And finally, I usually take something crafty to keep me occupied on a trip and this time I took some lovely new multicoloured wool and I knitted these simple wrist warmers. I used 2 wools together for the ribbed bit, an orange and a red and then the multicoloured wool is the panel with the wavy edge.