Wonderwool Wales and more….

The exceedingly busy winter season ended with EdinYarnFest. After this phenomenal show,right away I took Alex to Turkey for some much needed R&R for us both.

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The knitting went everywhere with me but to be honest, I did not get much done as I kept falling asleep.

Back to dyeing- much preparation for Wonderwool Wales this weekend.

Also, preparing new new patterns:

Ball banding new silk yarns:

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Just arrived as well, some new Spring colours of Blue Heron Rayon Metallic yarn:

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After Wonderwool, I’m off the the States to visit my mother and attend the wedding of the daughter of  very close friends. I’m planning on getting some serious knitting done- will be taking this to knit a shawl ( as well as something else as yet undecided):

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While the weather has been uncooperative, trying to take some time to frolic with Theo:

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A shameless plug from one of my French clients-

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The last week in Paris exhibiting at Aiguilles-en-Fete  was one of long hours trading (one day went from 9:30am -9 pm!) ,increased proficiency in French , and a tremendous amount of fun. Although this is not my biggest stand of any of the shows I attend, it is by far the most crammed per square inch .

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This needless to say takes a lot of prep. However, I am good at battle planning. Some of the  considerations I go through:

A) dyeing the yarn which also involves trying to anticipate what colours will be big this year. I dyed more pink and navy than I would normally and I think nailed it.

B) printing patterns and organising the French ones

C) deciding what stays and what goes – do I really need to bring all 36 colours of plain silk?-how many varieties of sock yarn? etc, etc

E) planning each gridwall down  to the inch and deciding where to stash any excess. which involves about a pad of  sketched plans.

F) travel logistics- eurotunnel, insurance,etc. I’ve stayed at the same flat for the last couple of years so that is at least a known factor.Making sure I’ve got the  ream of paper work sent by the organisers none of which instructions will be followed anyway.

G) packing the car-this takes forever… I think the land cruiser is now notorious as a tardis. My procedure is to stack the grids first ( actually first I stuff as many hooks under the front seats as possible), stack the boxes , then stuff in 13 large packed bags, then the mannequins, ladder and baskets. I then stuff in 2 kilo bags of yarn in every nook and cranny possible. ( I kid you not, get in at least another 20-30 kilos this way.) The back door is shut with prayers that no official will ask me to open it.

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The days go by very quickly even though long and I am usually too tired to do anything particularly interesting at night, so I attempt to take a day off to visit Paris.This year I did it on the Monday after and unfortunately the 3 smaller  museums I  wanted to visit  were closed  so I had to resort to aimlessly wondering the 6th drinking copious amounts of espresso and to shopping.

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No, I did not buy the Christian Louboutin sneakers.

My friends in France who help me are absolutely amazing- I could not do this show with out Florence, Gyorgis, Anne and I would never get get into the car again without Francis- breakdown in France is the most chaotic ever…

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Until next year….

 

 

Yarndale and Exeter Creative Stitches this weekend

Quite busy preparing for the double bill this week. I set up Exeter Creative Stitches show at Westpoint on Wednesday . Here’s a glimpse almost setup.

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The show opened today with me in attendance and will be manned by Vanessa for the rest of the weekend. Sorry to miss the fabulous Exeter clients I didn’t see today but now I’m on the road to Yarndale for my first time. Very exciting.More later…

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Next show- Bristol Wool Fair

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Packing up for Bristol Wool Fair this weekend. This was a wonderful event last year and will be held at an even better venue this year. Hope to see you there!

Coming Soon- Yarn in the City

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Meanwhile, until then I’m off to the beach-

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New pattern- Off to the Beach Shawl coming soon!

While I’m gone you can spy on me on instagram @ehdknits

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POPUP WOOL SHOW this weekend

Popup wool show sheep

Saturday 15th August 2015 10:00 – 16:00
The Oval Leisure Centre
Old Chester Rd
Bebington
Cheshire
CH63 7LF

will be bringing these as well as much, more more…

Debonnaire Summer Open Studio

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DEBONNAIRE SUMMER OPEN STUDIO

Friday 19th June- Sunday 21st June

11- 7 pm

Please come see loads of new hand dyes and new patterns. Weather appropriate snacks and drinks.

We would like to have 2 workshops depending on interest- lace knitting and crochet. Please let me know if you are interested.

Any RSVP’s welcome but not necessary. Also, may be able to arrange pick up from Reading station so let me know if you need a lift to the studio.

Erica Downs

Row Lane Farmhouse

Dunsden,  RG4 9PT

Ehdknits@gmail.com

0788-799-4351

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