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!

Vermont Farm Markets and Yarn

Londonderry Farm Market- The first stalls:
I bought this lovely skein from Isobel, the Romney sheep which are apparently lovely and docile sheep as compared to BFLs which are very “nasty” according to the owner. The yarn is spun in Maine by a mill which will process small amounts of fleece for individual owners ( probably Harmony Mills- a rehabbed Victorian facility)

Other farmy offerings:

While some people think of Vermont as too “granola” (can’t decide what I think of this as an adjective), I love it: it feels like the best parts of Somerset and the Lake District to me.

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!

Malvern Knits

A successful and fun 3 days at the Malvern Creative Craft and Stitch Show.Thanks to all for the positive response and special thanks to my helper, Ariane. The only drama  ( there’s always a drama when I’m travelling) was the flat tyre while trying to pack up… Fortunately, Scott was around to sort it out ( well sorta, we drove back to London with a slow leak). On to Olympia tomorrow.

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!

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