P-lush next

Amazing time last week at EdinYarnFest- what a great show! Added bonus of getting to spend more time in Edinburgh with Savannah and right before her birthday. She took some great pics:

Now, it’s off to P-lush this weekend at the Ricoh Arena

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Needless to say have spent even more time dyeing up some new colours, including lots of sparklies which have been quite popular this winter:

And the Pantone Spring 2015 colour- Marsala or my version at least:

Ally Pally over, off to Glasgow School of Yarn

Fantastic but exhausting 5 days at Alexandra Palace ( not including 2 days set up). Thanks to all the lovely clients and my fabulous helper, Vanessa.

 

Next, off to Glasgow this weekend for Glasgow School of Yarn( really looking forward to this one), then a brief pitstop  in Edinburgh to grab Savannah and hijack her for her reading week, then a week  or seven of crazy dyeing to attempt to replenish supplies…

Open House next weekend

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OPEN STUDIO

11 & 12 JULY, 11-7 pm daily

Row Lane Farmhouse, Row Lane

Dunsden, Berkshire, RG4 9PT

Please come see new yarns and patterns! If these dates do not work, feel free to stop by at your convenience, just check to make sure I am at home.

Libations and Cake will be served so any RSVP’s are appreciated although not necessary.

Hope to see you! Erica Downs

ehdknits@gmail.com/0788-799-4351

Reading train station is just 10 minutes away. Let me know if you need a lift.

Wonderful Woolfest 2014

Was especially delighted to exhibit at Woolfest this year. The weather was just fantastic as was the show. Somewhat of a challenge setting up a long and skinny stall but it worked. Seemed like tons more sheep this year and they brought back the sheep auction.

Scott and I had a nice late breakfast before  leaving( selfie here).

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But had to race back home to get back to Savannah and Theo who managed not to trash the house in our absence. Savannah I spent a bit of time at the Henley regatta and especially liked seeing a woman enjoying the sights  (sic)and sun while knitting under the bridge.

 

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!

Autumn Shows etc

Exeter Creative Stitches in late September

Some knitting and textile displays- loved them this year,especially the Les Mis costumes

car packingShould have taken a van- but truly amazing what the Land Cruiser will hold if I spend 3 hours packing like a tinker toy freak.

Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching Show October

Debonnaire in Paris-Aiguilles en Fete

Made it back from Paris in 1 piece with van intact however without my credit card machine and most importantly red book which were stolen during breakdown ( along with a camera and some other personal stuff). Those who know me know I put everything in this book so I may have lost some contact details from the last few months. If you gave me these at Sandown( January), Harrogate, boutique de Noel or red cross, I would love an email. However, if you try to tell me I owe you 5 skeins beaded silk, beware I have a memory like a hawk….
amazing show, all the stalls were beautiful. Thank you to all my wonderful clients and Francois, Ellen and Anne for helping me out
Some pictures taken by the lovely Francois Blondeau

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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!

 

Wonderwool Wales

I asked Scott to get a shot of the signpost for Wonderwool in Welsh and got this:

  don’t know what it says and you probably can’t see it anyway. ( I was driving..)

Sheep and lambs everywhere- the weather was perfect all weekend .It just could not not have been better.

        

My stand was huge :

    

Longdraw James (Ravelry ID) sat across from me spinning most of the 2 day show – talented young man (he’s a musician as well and seriously understands the ins and outs of yarn):

I can’t recommend this experience highly enough for all the fibre obsessed. This part of Wales is just beautiful and the show needs a full 2 days to get through thoroughly. Accommodation can be tricky- needless to say I left booking to the last moment. We were fortunate to find a room at the newly opened ( we were the first guests) Roasted Ox Inn. Had thought it was in Builth Wells as advertised only to find it was a mere 8 miles away which translated into a good half hour drive through the mountains. Seriously worth the drive however as the locale was stunning , the food good and I got to see zillions of sheep and lambs every morning. Say hello to Tony if you’re in the neighborhood.

Debonnaire Events- Off to Ally Pally

September- busy month. Exhibited in Manchester, Esher, IKnit weekender, 2 charity shows and set up a show in Bristol. Loved Manchester, great show and city- a remarkable urban renewal. Iknit  started off somewhat “echoey “, but the crowds picked up on Saturday. Bristol show was in first few days of October- a new show for the crafts market and markedly echoey.

The Knitting and Stitching  Show at Alexandra Palace starts tomorrow!

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