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!

 

woolfest 2011

 

 

 

           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!

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.

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