March- in like a lion……

March has been crazy- great shows at Glasgow and Olympia and now the pressure’s on to get Alex’s wedding organised as well as her  bar shower scheduled for  early May.
Both Glasgow and Olympia were my best shows ever at these venues. Unfortunately for next year,the organisers have scheduled these events for the same date. Hopefully they will get it sorted out so 1 changes date.

Savannah spent  some time with me in Glasgow on break from Uni in Edinburgh. I don’t think she’s knit for at least 3 years but even she was inspired. Grabbing a skein of chunky alpaca merino and with a brief  re-lesson on casting on with circular needles, she knit this great headband ( finished during the ride back to Edinburgh)

My  friend Liz from Heartfelt by Liz was there with her stunning felted wraps, brooches etc and these amazing corsages:

Somehow, I don’t think Alex will bite however unfortunately.

I spent some time talking to the lovely Yulia from Silkfelten Collection who is responsible for the fab mermaid and not the codpieces she was quick to say..

Finally thanks to my helper Vanessa who was just fantastic!

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This weekend I’m at Create Henley on Saturday and Sunday in the Town Hall- Henley on Thames . Drop by if you’re in the area!

Fibre East 2013

First year exhibiting; really well organized, fun show-

Axross from me was Longdraw James who I met a few years ago at Wonderwool. He’s now a chemistry student at York but in his spare time (when?) spins and dyes. He is tremendously talented and almost convinced me to start spinning after touching some  of hisblack alpaca fleece which may be the softest thing I’ve ever felt ( resisted this urge as it’s just another activity to get addicted to in a year when I need to organize a wedding as well as do all Debonnaire things). In any case I bought this most gorgeous yarn I watched him spin as it is plied in my favorite purple, raspberry, teal colours. Combines beautifully with my embellished silk – must do something amazing .

and of course there were cute sheep

sheep fibre east

 

Bits and Bobs

notebookada new ad and some new patterns

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there are actually quite a few more new colours which will hopefully make it on to Artfire site very soon

 

Not Just Novelty Yarns

My friend Renee who is the chicest person I know(sorry Annabel) goes straight for the dramatic in the store we visited. She has me knitting this:

Online linea Solo ruffle yarn . This is seriously easy, fast and fun. She loves orange.

She also asked me to knit her a long scarf with fringe in  Ironstone’s Starlight- a hand dyed blend of mohair with some thin rayon ruffled strands.  You may notice in big letters the Spun in England- I’m presuming that Ironstone plyed this up themselves. Where’d they get the base yarn from?

I have been calling this genre of yarns novelty- but they go beyond  the typical novelty we see in England – a  scratchy crude acrylic eyelash, ribbon or ladder. I was in the  local yarn shop for the south shore recently – Ribbonesque . The store was a riot of  yarn concoctions, more often than not hand dyed and a mixture of  natural and synthetic fibres.. Think loads of tilli thomas, Prism, Blue Heron , Great Adirondack etc concoctions stuffed everywhere.So-called  standard yarns  were present but not prevalent. Also interesting, sock yarn was downplayed (which I also noticed in New York).

These non-traditional yarns spur my imagination , but if you can see the price tag,more often than not, they are some what pricey. $30 (~£20) a skein for 140 yds of the Ironstone. To do the kind of scarf she wants , I need 3 skeins- not so sure this will play in the UK…..

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