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.

london fashion week and ganseys

The centrepiece of Meadham and Kirchoff’s collection at London Fashion Week was 40 pieces of gansey inspired knitwear created by a group of mainly Moray knitters under the guidance of Di Gilpin. Here is one picture, but is worth checking out more:

The new Scotsman reported today- “At one point, Ms Gilpin called in the services of Miriam Tegels, a Dutchwoman who is the fastest knitter in the world.

“We got on the train at Waverley Station and we knitted all the way down to London,” said Ms Gilpin, who with another Scots knitter enjoyed a few glasses of champagne ahead of yesterday’s runway show and declared the finished event: “absolutely fabulous”. Ms Gilpin, who runs her own knitwear design company, said: “The designers have taken a huge risk in using traditional gansey knit stitchwork on the catwalk, believing in the importance to fashion in making things that are enduring, creative and inspirational.”

On a personal note, I’ve spent the past 6 weeks travelling and exhibiting at regional stitch and craft shows which has been great fun but exhausting. I am really looking forward to my first show at Unravel in Farnham Maltings this weekend!

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!

The Star of IKNIT Weekender 2010

De’Shaun- the 10 year old knitting wonder-

De Shaun’s aunt taught him to knit at the age of 8. He carries his knitting to school- where he knits “when I’m bored”. The next design wonder? Love all my customers, but he’s my fav so far.

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!

WOOLFEST 2009

What a wonderful show- best sheep ever and stunning area. here’s my stall looking crammed to the rafters as usual- somehow missed snapping the Herdy sheep which were Scott’s favorites. This is definitely worth the trip from London  for  the  fibre obsessed- I wanted to buy everything….. and just about did.

It has been a very frantic last six weeks- another trip to the States for Alex’s graduation and celebrations and my 35th high school reunion (.. gasp..) , a move out of our  house in Suffolk ( which entails trying to fit another large lot of furniture into our already crammed London house). And showing at the Wimbledon village fair which was fantastic. As a result of the move, I have been forced to move a good deal of my stock into temporary storage until I get this house sorted out and have thus delayed plans for a summer open house  and sale. However, I managed to keep quite abit of yarn here and  I can get to anything  easily. Also,  have managed to sort out credit card facilities, so if you do need anything, just call and I can send it out. Please feel free to drop by as well!

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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