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.

Giant Cardiff Cardi

Cardiff cardigan knit

This giant cardi (5mx2.5 m) was created by 200 knitters to commemorate Cardiff’s 900th anniversary and unveiled last week.

Cable stitch was used throughout and “many threads twisted together become strong representing  our community”. It was created by both  beginner and experienced knitters working together every Sunday since March 2010.

Amazing….

 

Knitting Vistas

When I’m not attempting to improve my golf game, this is where I hang out and knit most days- enough said.

Not Just Novelty Yarns

My friend Renee who is the chicest person I know(sorry Annabel) goes straight for the dramatic in the store we visited. She has me knitting this:

Online linea Solo ruffle yarn . This is seriously easy, fast and fun. She loves orange.

She also asked me to knit her a long scarf with fringe in  Ironstone’s Starlight- a hand dyed blend of mohair with some thin rayon ruffled strands.  You may notice in big letters the Spun in England- I’m presuming that Ironstone plyed this up themselves. Where’d they get the base yarn from?

I have been calling this genre of yarns novelty- but they go beyond  the typical novelty we see in England – a  scratchy crude acrylic eyelash, ribbon or ladder. I was in the  local yarn shop for the south shore recently – Ribbonesque . The store was a riot of  yarn concoctions, more often than not hand dyed and a mixture of  natural and synthetic fibres.. Think loads of tilli thomas, Prism, Blue Heron , Great Adirondack etc concoctions stuffed everywhere.So-called  standard yarns  were present but not prevalent. Also interesting, sock yarn was downplayed (which I also noticed in New York).

These non-traditional yarns spur my imagination , but if you can see the price tag,more often than not, they are some what pricey. $30 (~£20) a skein for 140 yds of the Ironstone. To do the kind of scarf she wants , I need 3 skeins- not so sure this will play in the UK…..

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.

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.

%d bloggers like this: