New Hand dyes prepped for Paris

Been ball banding like crazy some of these goodies prepped for Aiguille en Fete, Paris next week. Above some superwash DK merino. Below some new mulberry silk with metallic thread

some merino silk lace

and saving the best for last camel/silk lace  which is so shimmery- just fantastic

lots of other new yarns- I think the baby mille colori balls are really cute

New Home, New Dog, NEW STUDIO

2012 was a challenging year, but one of accomplishment. Major highlights were

– selling our home for 13 years in London and moving to the country. We are now on the Berkshire/Oxfordhire border between Reading and Henley. While this was a huge move in all aspects, the fabulous upshot is that Debonnaire no longer lives in a storage room but here:

Moving in

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Studio in progress:

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It is a huge wonderful space and set up like a shop- well at least my version of a stuffed shop. Amazing the amount of goodies I uncovered in the move. In any case, all the yarn , needles, needlepoint and threads, books , patterns and samples are fully on display. The studio is open any day I am not on the road exhibiting so best to call if you’d like to stop by ( 0788-799-4351). The address is Row Lane Farmhouse, Row Lane, Dunsden, Berkshire RG4 9PT. Your sat nav will bring you straight here. It is about a 50 minute drive from West London ,10 minute drive from Henley or Reading.

Other big news is our new dog Theo who arrived with us in September ( as if I didn’t have enough to do). He is quite the stunner

He like his new mother is obsessed with yarn and sheep, so far 3 skeins of silk, 2 skeins hand dyed sock, 2 hats and 1 cowl have been chomped, as well as various assorted needles. Even though he has his own stash of baby sheep, he goes after mine- I felted Christmas sheep beheaded, 2 decorative ones dejambed….

Needless to say, I am smitten

L’aiguille en Fete- Paris Exhibition

A wonderful but exhausting time in north Paris last week exhibiting at L’Aiguille en Fetes. Paris shows open until  pm so we had no time at night to do anything but eat dinner afterward. Managed to stuff in all my favorites however.

French clients were fabulous, most notably Francois who visited me on 2 different days and by the time I had returned had finished 1 pair of mitts with my new supersoft merino superwash:

formidable,n’cest pas ( my pigeon french..)

managed terrible french throughout- although I am still thinking numbers in French and can count to 100 quite quickly now. Hopefully will be able to pronounce ” la laine” correctly next time.

Unusually for moi, the trip passed without any major drama.  Am inordinately proud of the fact that I negotiated a right hand manual van throughout France without incident. In all, fun, fun ,fun. Debonnaire retournera!

 

woolfest 2011

 

 

 

           Cute Sheep- I liked the Ryelands this year and the dwarf ouessant sheep

I love the Woolfest weekend- the show is just fantastic and as well, we have the chance to spend some time in the Lake District.

Knit Nation- Imperial College this weekend!

Woolfest 2010

I love Woolfest, I love the Lake District. My stand looked like this:

If Debonnaire was a sheep- it would probably be a wensleydale- sorta messy but interesting:

Here are some other favs   :

and a lovely customer knit ( wave wrap):

many thanks to all involved!

Ally Pally 09 revisited

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I was hoping to provide better pictures of this event , but not to be….

New sock and lace yarn is due to be photographed imminently, however!

Race for Life 2009 free Chemo Cap Pattern

mouse-with-baby-007 -For this year’s race for life ,designed this cap which hopefully you can download free from Ravelry here-http://www.ravelry.com/dl/ehdknits/20646?filename=race_for_life_2009_cap.pdf. Am trying to figure out how to get the proper button. But if this doesn’t work, email me and I’ll send you a copy

legionella in london- bad news/good news

 The latest drama in our family – annabel received a letter from her flat’s mgmt company the other day informing that the building’s water supply contains dangerous letter of the 2/14 legionella bacteria- needless to say she and her 2 roommates  were immediately evacuated to chez us (their families live in Geneva) while we figure out where they are going to live next. ( because they are not going back and oh, by the way this is a very respectable building in kensington/hammersmith border). The good news is that this vastly increases my model pool and I’ve managed to get some new items photographed at last. The bad news is that annabel is at the age of 20 well on her way to eclipsing my record of weird, outrageous  life  dramas.

Sophie photos particularly well and we’ll catch Jen yet-1st-br-lace-card-doc-img_7077sock-mitts-ipod-doc

IKNIT DAY AMAZING

 

What an amazing day at IKNIT’s saturday knitter’s paradise. My table is looking messy- will try to clean up the presentation before the Creative Crafts show next week in Escher!

creative crafts and stitch show somerset

annabel at somerset

here’s annabel in our stand at the creative crafts show in somerset-she’s sporting a new Blue Heron cardi-knitted in the cotten Texture yarn and trimmed in Beaded Metallic. I was pleased with the results of the show-especially considering this was our first venture into the realm of knitting shows and this particular one seemed heavily weighted towards card and scrap bookers. best sellers were the soft spun alpaca/merino, sock yarns and Rio de la plata yarns.The Blue Heron yarns were a big draw into the stand-

We met lots of lovely knitters and made some new client friends so hopefully will return to this area.

I LOVED SOMERSET- the area was just stunning and reminded me of New England (southern vermont esp.)For the 5 days we rented a lovely cottage and could look out at the adorable sheepies from the patio. this was our view

I was dismayed by the lack of interest in the needlepoint canvases- where are all the fine tapestry lovers?

 

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