Welcome Summer

Just returned from a lovely show -Ickworth NT  Wool Fair. A nice family affair with lots of sheep events , Morris dancing and a good selection of  yarn suppliers . The weather was fantastic , we all had a great time . I took a small selection as I had to transport Scott and Theo ( who seemed to take up half the car). They spent the weekend exploring Ickworth’s 1600 acre walks.

Have spent a lot of time dyeing up speckled yarn recently. This started at the request of a client who wanted something more dotty than my flash range. I’ve stayed away from this type of yarn in the past mainly because I was unsure of the colour fastness given the way it’s traditionally dyed and am not a huge fan of the way it looks in a skein –  which is ridiculous as I really like the way it knits up for the most part. In any case, I’ve come up with a dyeing method that I like and so far it’s been quite popular. These skeins were the first to go last weekend .

Some recent examples: please note I dye these in very small batches and only across lines that speckle well. It’s also difficult to get a range on the website as they keep selling . Keep an eye on Instagram as I will put up new ones as they get done (@debonnaireyarns). If you prefer Facebook , it’s the same handle (or Twitter (@ehdknits)


Really looking forward to Woolfest and my open studio dates this month…

Wonderwool Wales and more….

The exceedingly busy winter season ended with EdinYarnFest. After this phenomenal show,right away I took Alex to Turkey for some much needed R&R for us both.

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The knitting went everywhere with me but to be honest, I did not get much done as I kept falling asleep.

Back to dyeing- much preparation for Wonderwool Wales this weekend.

Also, preparing new new patterns:

Ball banding new silk yarns:

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Just arrived as well, some new Spring colours of Blue Heron Rayon Metallic yarn:

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After Wonderwool, I’m off the the States to visit my mother and attend the wedding of the daughter of  very close friends. I’m planning on getting some serious knitting done- will be taking this to knit a shawl ( as well as something else as yet undecided):

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While the weather has been uncooperative, trying to take some time to frolic with Theo:

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I always really look  forward  to Unravel , it’s a well organised show with wonderful exhibitors , workshops and lots of buzz held in the Maltings- a reconverted ale house dating from 1750. The Maltings is a terrific venue with a rabbit warren of rooms- looks to explore and discover with great exhibitors tucked away everywhere.

Since returning from Paris, I have been dyeing almost nonstop .

Midnight- this was the top seller and  unexpectedly  sold out  across many bases

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Reds/pinks- really popular in Paris especially in lace

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Greys-Greys- Black

Went to Paris with a serious amount of new Flash colours- had to replace all

Then of course there’s deep jade which is always popular

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Then I did a new colour for Unravel-this picture does the colour no justice- it’s beyond aqua bright and intense. If you like turquoise, you’ll like this new take;but. you’ll need to see it to appreciate it.

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Hope to see you!

Mais j’aime aussi le bleu 💙👛👖🎈🎸 #tricot

A shameless plug from one of my French clients-

Mais j’aime aussi le bleu 💙👛👖🎈🎸 #tricot #crochet #addict #knitting #projet #degrade #decouverte #jolielaine #debonnaire 👌👍 📷: @christricote78 http://ow.ly/i/gyGcC

The last week in Paris exhibiting at Aiguilles-en-Fete  was one of long hours trading (one day went from 9:30am -9 pm!) ,increased proficiency in French , and a tremendous amount of fun. Although this is not my biggest stand of any of the shows I attend, it is by far the most crammed per square inch .

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This needless to say takes a lot of prep. However, I am good at battle planning. Some of the  considerations I go through:

A) dyeing the yarn which also involves trying to anticipate what colours will be big this year. I dyed more pink and navy than I would normally and I think nailed it.

B) printing patterns and organising the French ones

C) deciding what stays and what goes – do I really need to bring all 36 colours of plain silk?-how many varieties of sock yarn? etc, etc

E) planning each gridwall down  to the inch and deciding where to stash any excess. which involves about a pad of  sketched plans.

F) travel logistics- eurotunnel, insurance,etc. I’ve stayed at the same flat for the last couple of years so that is at least a known factor.Making sure I’ve got the  ream of paper work sent by the organisers none of which instructions will be followed anyway.

G) packing the car-this takes forever… I think the land cruiser is now notorious as a tardis. My procedure is to stack the grids first ( actually first I stuff as many hooks under the front seats as possible), stack the boxes , then stuff in 13 large packed bags, then the mannequins, ladder and baskets. I then stuff in 2 kilo bags of yarn in every nook and cranny possible. ( I kid you not, get in at least another 20-30 kilos this way.) The back door is shut with prayers that no official will ask me to open it.

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The days go by very quickly even though long and I am usually too tired to do anything particularly interesting at night, so I attempt to take a day off to visit Paris.This year I did it on the Monday after and unfortunately the 3 smaller  museums I  wanted to visit  were closed  so I had to resort to aimlessly wondering the 6th drinking copious amounts of espresso and to shopping.

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No, I did not buy the Christian Louboutin sneakers.

My friends in France who help me are absolutely amazing- I could not do this show with out Florence, Gyorgis, Anne and I would never get get into the car again without Francis- breakdown in France is the most chaotic ever…

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Until next year….

 

 

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to you all! We celebrated in style with a house party and amazing fireworks.

2015 was an amazing year for Debonnaire and I am looking forward to an even better 2016. While I don’t do resolutions- I am determined to especially work on 2 areas. First, we are going  to increase our social media exposure.

While I am already on Twitter(@ehdknits) and Instagram-debonnaireyarns, I have set up new boards on pinterest-check them out and hopefully you will follow if it interests. My favourite new board is Sheepspiration. The Facebook page (Debonnaire Distinctive Yarns) will open soon.

The second area I need to improve is my back strength- seriously necessary for the amount of stuff and dye pots I lug around. Pilates here I come.

My current favourite colour is pink -at least it was one day last week:

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A New Website!

At long last, our new website is open. No longer do my clients have to wade through the cumbersome Artfire site, wondering what the US dollar prices mean in real money (or euros). Check it out- although still a work in progress (and given the nature of  my hand dyeing will always be), I’m very proud of what we’ve done so far. Many thanks to Vanessa and Jimi- I promise to stop being a ruthless General/Dictator one of these days.

Debonnaireyarns.com

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Yarndale and Exeter Creative Stitches this weekend

Quite busy preparing for the double bill this week. I set up Exeter Creative Stitches show at Westpoint on Wednesday . Here’s a glimpse almost setup.

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The show opened today with me in attendance and will be manned by Vanessa for the rest of the weekend. Sorry to miss the fabulous Exeter clients I didn’t see today but now I’m on the road to Yarndale for my first time. Very exciting.More later…

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