Last week’s dye pot- off to Exeter Creative Stitches

Lots of sock yarns, but also some lace, especially fat lace- 600-800m/100gm:

and a couple of sparkles:

New Patterns:

 

so off to Exeter Creative Stitches, then Alexandra Palace, then Glasgow for School of Yarn!

Paris- a drama a day, but great show

In sum, Aiguilles en Fete was a great show but as is typique with me , my stay in Paris was marked by a series of dramas. These included a bout with food poisoning ( the tart meringue citrone or the foie gras..), one of my helpers getting ill, getting the van towed , and while trying to leave, getting stuck in the midst of a taxi strike on the Paris ring road which delayed our ride home by 5 hours. Lee and I kept our humour throughout  even though I had absolutely no appetite and was a poor dinner companion ( who goes to Paris for a week and doesn’t eat, what a disappointment.)

A few stall pictures with my lovely fabulous helper Florence

IMG_00000279 IMG_00000280 IMG_00000282 One of my clients bout some pink silk lures and grey alpaca on Thursday and came back on Sunday to show me the hat she had created .

IMG_00000283Packed up Sunday night with the aid of the lovely Francis, Florence’s boyfriend and  on Monday, took our unexpectedly long trip home  where our baby van stood out among the huge lorries on the tunnel crossing.

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Thanks to all  the wonderful French Clients!

Thread Farnham Maltings

thread 2013 eflyerNext weekend , I will be taking the  hand painted needlepoint and threads to Thread , a new textile show at the Farnham Maltings, Surrey. I think this will be a great event for those who sew, an Unravel experience for those who stitch . I have 2 comp tickets left for whoever gets to me first.

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

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

 

Fibre-East 2013 this weekend

Come join us at Fibre-East this weekend, 27-28th July, Ampthill, Bedfordshire

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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 Embellished Yarns

Thought I was in heaven thursday when about 30 skeins Blue Heron Rayon Metallic showed up (had an emergency shipment as I almost completely sold out in Paris):

Then yesterday, huge box of  embellished silks finally arrived:

New Silk Lace:

Colours are not done justice with my camera-

Off  with all to Unravel to set up today. Held this weekend at Farnham Maltings, Surrey, the show features about 65 fantastic purveyors of yarn wonderfulness. Check it out:

http://www.farnhammaltings.com/news/unravel/748/574/96/unravel_2012.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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           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!

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