Exciting News

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Well I’m excited anyway.

You might remember I’d said I was up to something when I closed the shop?

Well I was and……

Drum roll please

Olann and

My very good friend Deirdre and I are happy to announce the upcoming lauch of ‘Olann and‘ an online fibre magazine focusing on the Irish market.

We’re busy working on the first issue at the moment and it’s due out the third week of November…. yippee!

Expect loads of fibre, yarn and crafty goodness and we’d love to hear your ideas too.

You can find us in the following places so far, with more to come soon, including a blog ūüôā

Instagram = @olannandmagazine

Pinterest = olannand 

Facebook = Olann and

Twitter = @olannand

We’d love to have as many of you on board, so be sure to come and join us.

Happy Fibre Crafting!

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Book Review – Centenary Stitches

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After spotting a write up on Centenary Stitches in¬†issue 83 of¬†The Knitter, I knew I’d have to add a copy to my library.

Centenary Stitches is a beautiful book of vintage knitting and crochet patterns, re-worked from traditional garments and patterns for the feature film Tell Them Of Us, a film based on World War One solider Robert Crowder who died whilst serving in the army in 1917.  The film tells the story from the point of those he left behind in the small village of Thimbleby in Lincolnshire.

Despite many of the records from WW1¬†being lost or damaged, Robert’s family had held his memory dear¬†and kept a remarkable archive of unpublished material, enough to make a film with. ¬†The film goes some way towards exploring the shocking reality of living¬†‘normal’ every day life then¬†being thrown into the terror and torment of war.

Elizabeth Lovick, volunteered her services when Pauline Loven, the costumer for the film put out a request on Ravelry to find help re-creating a knitted jacket as worn by¬†the original¬†Grace Crowder(Robert’s sister)¬†and which was typical of the period.

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Elizabeth in case you don’t know, is a knitwear designer specialising in traditional Shetland Lace¬†designs. ¬†Her book The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting provides a beautiful reference for anyone interested in lace stitches and the beautiful pieces that can be made using them.

From this single design, sprang over 70 garments for the film¬†and subsequent book of patterns, which was a collaboration of over a hundred knitters from across the UK and USA. ¬†The patterns are for children and adults, garments and accessories. ¬†There’s even a dog coat and a set of baby reins (I know some people frown on the use of these, we’ll save that for another day).

In addition to the fabulous patterns, there is a lovely description of the village of Thimbeleby written by Pauline Loven, who also talks about the WAG film making group and what’s involved in being their costumier. ¬†Elizabeth¬†Lovick has included a brief history of knitting in WW1 and the challenges faced in translating vintage knitting patterns.

Most importantly, there is a little¬†history of Robert Crowder written by his Great Nephew – Robert Holland,¬†including excerpts from letters written by Robert’s¬†brother William Crowder,¬†to the historian Peter Liddle about his war experiences and some much cherished family photos.

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Of the 70 or so patterns it’s difficult to chose ‘favourites’ as I’m actually quite smitten with lots of them. If pressed, I’d have to go with Cosy Cat by Alison Casserly¬†which is a short¬†crochet¬†waistcoat, worked in aran weight yarn.

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The Rough & Ready Cardigan by Judith Brodnicki is an extremely versatile aran weight cardigan for both children and adults.

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Judith is also the designer of William’s Waistcoat, which is a great aran weight knit, that I know my hubby would love (Christmas maybe?).

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The Mersey Wrap translated from a Fleicher’s Knitting & Crochet Manual by Tina Kinnar and knitted in double knit yarn is simplicity at it’s best.

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The garment that started all of this –¬†Grace’s Jacket by Elizabeth Lovick,is truly beautiful. ¬†Elegant, whilst utilitarian and ¬†Knitted in double knit yarn, I can’t wait to find some time to get working on it.

Definitely a book worth having, you can purchase it in traditional ‘paper’ format or as a digital download. ¬†To¬†have a look at all of the designs included in the book, follow the link¬†here¬†for the Ravelry patterns page.

Happy Knitting!

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The These Islands Book Launch – Come See

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Come and have a look at what you missed if you couldn’t join us and if you were there it’s time to see the photos.

It was all hands on deck to set up between the shop closing at 5 and the launch starting at 7.30pm but we managed and it was lovely to be able to see the design samples knitted up.

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The Happy Out Mitts that Sara had knitted up looked fab in the the Cinnabar shade of Smudge Yarns 4ply.

2015-04-09 19.09.11The Hip Hop Hat sample shown here is knitted in Smudge Yarns double Knit. ¬† The beautiful blue shade is Cairn, whilst the lime green is Fuggles, a name you just can’t say without smiling ūüôā

2015-04-09 19.08.40Confession time now, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the Crosshatched Cowl, it didn’t really appeal to me. ¬†However, I’m a convert, seeing the knitted sample in the shop last night really changed my mind about this piece. ¬†The colours in the Pencil Roving really pop with the Herringbone Stitch, it tempted quite a few people too, judging by how much of it was sold.

2015-04-09 19.10.15As I mentioned in the previous post about the book launch.  There were kits for the Beaker Shawl Knit Along available last night (I also have a few available here in the shop).  Much discussion was given over to choosing the complimentary colour for the KAL and as you can see from the photo, the choice was a made harder by the sheer scrumminess of shades available in the lace weight.

Don’t forget that if you ‘cast on’ your shawl via Ravelry by Sunday you’ll automatically be entered into a draw to win a hank of Smudge Yarns Laceweight yarn. ¬†(I’ll pop up a quick post later today on how to this for those of you that haven’t ever done this before.)

2015-04-09 20.07.03I kicked things off with my usual chit chat, minding my p’s and q’s a little and then handed things over to Sara so she could share with us how the book came about.

2015-04-09 20.07.32Sara handed the gauntlet over to Evin to tell us a bit more about the book and the ethos behind the yarns used, before we moved on to the socialising, laughing and general merriment.

2015-04-09 20.26.28The turnout for the launch was fantastic, it’s great to see fibre folk coming out to offer their support and better still when it’s for local knitterly people.

2015-04-09 20.26.34Dina my lovely and ever suffering daughter, went round with the camera gently persuading everybody to smile. ¬†Having reviewed the photos, it evidently meant she wasn’t in front of it at any time. ¬†Does anyone have photographic evidence that she was there?

2015-04-09 20.30.27See those smiles.  Fiona, Rachele, Sadie and Lee Ann seem to be enjoying themselves.

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2015-04-09 20.33.08Hilda and Catherina posing for the camera (I think I spy a KAL kit there). ¬†Isn’t Catherina’s crochet Granny shawl beautiful?

2015-04-09 20.33.52Smiles all round from Joan, Erin, Sara and Carol.

2015-04-09 20.20.44Clare and Michelle doing a great job of enjoying themselves and plugging the book at the same time.

2015-04-09 20.29.58I managed to get in on the action too, laughing of course with Orela and Edwina.

2015-04-09 20.33.21How lucky am I?  My best friend Snadra was over from England too.

2015-04-09 19.07.02I know some of you will be eager to hear about the raffle prize, but I’m not quite ready to tell you yet.

2015-04-09 21.01.06It wouldn’t be a book launch, without a book signing or two as demonstrated here by Sara and Evin.

2015-04-09 21.00.11Having roped the lovely Carol Feller in to draw the winner I’m really happy to say Noreen won the hamper of goodies, can’t wait to see what she makes with the ‘special edition’ yarns.

I know you’re probably wondering…..

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These Islands: Knits from Ireland, Scotland, and Britain Book Launch

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It’s all been confirmed, we’ve sat down, ¬†deliberated, cogitated and digested and I am now happily able to announce that the These Islands book launch will take place on Thursday 9th April from 7.30 to 9.30pm

These Islands includes eight never before published patterns for hats, a cowl, shawls, fingerless gloves, and boot cuffs using locally-processed wool made from the fleece of Irish, Scottish, or British sheep with names. The patterns are designed by Sara Breitenfeldt, Suzanne McEndoo, and Evin Bail O’Keeffe.

Suzanne currently lives in Edinburgh so won’t be able to make the launch however, both Evin and Sara will be available for book signing, laughter and fun.

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A Cork resident, Evin is the author of the 2014 Blog Awards Ireland award-winning craft blog EvinOK.com.  In addition to being a busy mum and her blog, Evin also managed to find the time to write and release her book Bake Knit Sew, which showcases a year of creativity in baking, knitting, and sewing. The book offers a complete year of projects! With over 50 full-color photographs shot on location here in scenic Cork.  To find out more about Bake Knit Sew or to order your copy head over to the Anchor & Bee website here.

smudgeMany of you will already have heard of Sara, now a Midleton resident too, ¬†as is the creator and owner of the ¬†hand dyed yarn company Smudge Yarns. ¬† Sara’s beautiful yarns are available to purchase via her website or in a handful of shops around Ireland, including mine ūüôā ¬†There is also a Smudge Yarns Facebook Page here and a Ravelry Group too for you to join should you want to show you’re appreciation.

The gates open at 7.30pm for the book launch, with everything kicking off ♥ proper ♥ at 8pm.  This will be a ticketed event due to the size of the shop, so spaces are limited.  There will be refreshments, book signing and all ticket holders will be automatically entered into the craft hamper raffle (more details to follow later, watch this space).

Tickets are ‚ā¨5 each and can be purchased in the shop with me or via the Smudge Yarns website here¬†

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In addition to the book, Sara hopes to have some of her yummy yarn on sale to tempt you, she will also officially launch her Beaker Folk Shawl Knit A Long on the night.  Kits will be available to purchase at the launch and we hope to get as many of you casting on for the KAL as possible.

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As a special incentive to get involved, everyone who ‚ÄúCasts On‚ÄĚ the project on Ravelry before midnight on Sunday 12th April will be entered in a draw for a special limited edition skein of yarn.

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The shawl can be knitted in one of two sizes, ¬†either as a smaller shawlette, or as a larger wrap. ¬†The photographs shown here have been taken from the book and have been knitted using Smudge Yarns Hand Dyed Lace Yarn¬†and 5.5mm needles. ¬†The featured colourway if you’re interested, is the beautiful denim hues of¬†ūüíô Beara¬†ūüíô

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If you’d like to have a closer look at the Beaker Folk Shawl, we’ve a sample garment on display in the shop at the moment.

I’m really excited to be able to showcase this brilliant book and hope some of you will be able to join us on what promises to be a great, fibre related evening.

Happy Knitting!

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Stylecraft Malabar

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Summer yarns aren’t as popular for us as you might think? ¬†After 10 years in this business I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s several reasons for this.

  • Many summer garments are fashion rather than classic and this can be off putting to even the most dedicated knitter amongst us.
  • Lots of knitters are also gardeners, so they switch loyalty when the sun begins to make an appearance.
  • Summer yarns usually means double knit or 4ply traditionally = a lot more knitting.
  • Our summer isn’t too long, so the garment you’ve lovingly created doesn’t get worn much. ¬†Fine if it’s a classic piece but refering back to the first point I made….

At last it would appear the big yarn companies have started to listen and this year we’re seeing a good few summer yarns in aran weight ūüôā

I’ve had a play with some of the main releases and have decided to go with Malabar from Stylecraft so far.

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As I’ve said, it’s an aran weight yarn, a blend of 22% silk/78% cotton, fantastic for ‚ā¨6.75 per ball. ¬†There’s approximately¬†180yds/165m in each 100g ball and the suggested tension is¬†18 stitches x 24 rows to a4″/10cm square on 5mm needles. ¬†Did I mention there’s 12 colours too?

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The good folks at Stylecraft Yarns have released lots of accompanying patterns, including the crochet shawl at the top of this post, which is likely to be a favourite of everybody’s because it’s just so pretty. ¬†I’m quite smitten by the summer shrug/cardigan on the accessories pattern leaflet here in cream¬†‚ô•

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Truthfully though, I’m thinking of knitting Mimic by Veronika Jobe for myself in Malabar when I’ve finished a couple of my ongoing projects. ¬†In the mean time I’ve run up a little Yoked Cardigan¬†by Hannah Fettig aka Knitbot as a mini display garment for the shop in the fabulous summery, turquoise shade.

Interesting fact for you all, turquoise is meant to be the one colour that we all look good in regardless of our skin tone, eye colour or age, it’s universal.

Happy Knitting!

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The Lilly Pond Blanket CAL

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By now I’m assuming a good few of you will have seen something about the crochet along that Jane Crowfoot has designed in association with Stylecraft Yarns? ¬†If you’re not sure what I’m referring too, pop along to either Jane’s blog here, Facebook Page here¬†or the Stylecraft Facebook Page here.

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If you have spotted it, chances are you might have also noticed all the chatter about the yarn for it being difficult to get? ¬†The blanket has been designed using Stylecraft’s Life DK range which is a blend of 25% wool/75% acrylic and has a beautiful handle to it.

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The interest in the CAL has been tremendous, much more than Stylecraft had anticipated and as a result a couple of shades needed for the CAL have sold out completely in the Life DK.  Unfortunately, to make matters worse, the missing shades are unlikely to be back until mid to late May and the CAL is due to begin on April 7th.

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Undeterred, Stylecraft and Jane have put together a replacement palette using the Special DK range instead and despite having already sold out of some of these colours too, the team at Stylecraft have worked round the clock with their manufacturers to secure stock in all shades for this week.

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To Crochet the Lily Pond Blanket in Special DK you will need: 1 x 1061 Plum, 1023 Raspberry, 1241 Fondant, 1080 Pale Rose, 1005 Cream, 1081 Saffron, 1034 Sherbet, 1068 Turquoise balls and 2 x 1065 Meadow, 1708 Petrol and 1027 Khaki balls.  I have pre-booked the 11 shades required to complete the blanket and am expecting delivery by the end of this week.

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Stylecraft have released an introduction to the CAL here which contains lots of helpful information including a valuable section on tension to ensure your blanket is a success.

The patterns will be published fortnightly and there’s a total of 8, which will be free to download on the Stylecraft web site from the 7th of April. The stitches used to complete the blanket are¬†chain, slip stitch, double crochet, half treble crochet, treble crochet, and double treble crochet.

If you’re wondering about the level of crochet ability the CAL is aimed at? ¬†In her blog Jane says “I have tried to design the pieces so that they get progressively harder and hopefully this means that crocheters can use the CAL as a learning tool. The patterns will focus on one motif or block every fortnight and you will need to complete an average of 4 motifs/blocks per set. Most of the blocks are 15cm square, although others are slightly bigger”

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There is an official Facebook CAL Group here¬†where you’ll be able to keep in touch with other taking part and watch everyone’s progress. ¬†I’m hoping to have a go myself, although my crochet skills don’t really stretch past my granny shawls ūüėĀ I’ll be sure to document my attempts (and I do mean attempts) here for all to see. ¬†I’m guessing I’ll be utilising the Facebook Group lots and I’m even more pleased to know that the patterns will include step-by-step images to help guide us (I mean me), through the making process¬†‚úĆÔłŹ

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Anyone interested in joining in too?

As soon as the delivery arrives I’ll be sorting the yarn out into CAL packs ready to go out straight away, so you can be ready for the 7th. ¬†The 14 ball pack will set you back ‚ā¨40 and I’d recommend reserving one if you’re going to give it a go as it’s likely stocks will run short again.

Happy Knitting!

That should probably be crochet I guess?

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Edinburgh Part 2 – Exploring

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Soooo many things to see, I have to go back. ¬†Preferably when it’s a little warmer and there’s a chance of the sun putting in an appearance, but return I will. ¬†It would have been sacrilege not to snap a photo of this daisy I spied carved into the end of a bench.

Edinburgh was everything I’d imagined and more¬†ūüíě

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No trip to the Scottish city would be complete without a visit to the castle of course, ¬†dominating the skyline as it sits perched above the other buildings. ¬†My word, you definitely know how high it is too when you get up there, because it’s blooming freezing.

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The castle itself is fantastic and much bigger than I thought, think fort rather than castle. ¬†Cobbled paths lead you to the different buildings which contain room after room of memorabilia from Scotland’s history. ¬†My favourites were the National War Museum and the Regimental Museums, I’ve recently developed a bit of an interest in military history and am hoping to visit The Imperial War Museum in London again this year ūüôā

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The Scottish National War Memorial is a truly moving place, which commemorates the dead of the First and Second World Wars and of military campaigns since 1945.  Around the main room you will discover books with lists of the fallen soldiers from each Scottish regiment.  The number of books provides a poignant reminder of all that lost there lives in defence of their country.

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In truth we didn’t leave ourselves enough time to truly experience the sheer volume of things to see at the castle and will have to go again when we’re next in Edinburgh ūüėČ

We rode the obligatory tour bus, but only managed to take one of the three tours and after dragging my poor husband to several yarn shops and haberdashery departments there was barely any time left for a wander through the cobbled streets, stopping for coffee and cake. ¬†I really can’t sing the praises of the public transport system in Edinburgh enough. ¬†An all day pass for the buses and trams costs only ¬£3.50 and you can travel the length and breadth of the city

Edinburgh is a bit of a haven for yarn shops, having already visited the yarn festival I thought it only fair on hubby not to take us too far out of our way.

I’m a bit of a department store haberdashery junkie, I just can’t help myself and have to look at everything. ¬†Jenners House of Fraser is smack in the centre of Edinburgh and their haberdashery department in the basement, was jam packed with a rainbow of colours from Rowan and Patons. ¬†Having popped in briefly on Saturday afternoon before they closed I was able to resit the urge to purchase something in order to save my pennies for the festival. ¬†if Rowan is your yarn of choice though I’d recommend a visit to either Jenners on Princes Street or the John Lewis which you’ll find in the St James Centre. ¬†John Lewis also had some of the fantastic but seriously pricey Wool and the Gang yarn and kits too.

Kathy’s Knits on Broughton Street offers some beautiful yarns, patterns and notions, concentrating on British yarns sourced from around the country including¬†Blacker Yarns, New Lanark, JCRennie, Jamieson & Smith¬†and¬†Eden Cottage. ¬†I didn’t stop long enough to purchase as it was drizziling a little outside and I didn’t want to risk having a grumpy, sodden husband. ¬†Next time when the sun is shining I’ll be sure to stay longer¬†ūüėé

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Ginger Twist Studio is an indie, vintage inspired yarn shop on London Road crammed full of yummy yarn, most of which is hand dyed. ¬†I’d met Jess at the yarn festival, but as I follow her on Instagram I wanted to pay a special visit to the shop. ¬†We popped in briefly on Monday when Jess was busy unpacking after the show. ¬†You wouldn’t want to turn up with a massive group of knitters as Ginger Twist is a little on the compact side, however this little haven is a hand dyed yarn lovers dream destination.

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Never one to resist hand dyed I opted for a hank of luminous lime sock yarn and the necessary shopper.

Up near where we were staying in Haymarket was David Drummond’s¬†¬†a traditional sewing machine and knitting shop with a vast selection of all things knitting, sewing and haberdashery. ¬†Rather happily I discovered some Wendy Alfresco Aran on special, which I purchased to crochet up a quick granny shawl on the way home. ¬†Four balls in a great charcoal shade for less than ¬£10 – bargain!

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In amongst all the travelling, walking, eating and touring I managed to get my knit and crochet on too. ¬†The bottom project is a granny shawl in Rico Galaxy Chunky yarn that I took with me to keep my hands occupied whilst on the plane (it’s a gift for a dear friend). ¬†I also managed to finish one sock and start it’s twin, but didn’t want to risk having my Knitpro Karbonz taken off me on the plane, hence the Alfresco purchase. ¬†You can kind of make out the lovely shade of grey in the photo and to jazz it up a little, I’m adding some rows in yarn from my stash.

I’ll be sure to post up some pics of the finished garment, but I could end up boring you as I’ve developed a bit of a hankering for granny shawls at the moment.

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First there was the blue one I made for myself here and then you might recall the photo from a previous post with all the ends needing to be sewn in? Well I finally found the time to do so and to give it a quick block too.

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I love it and it’s really warm having been made in the now discontinued King Cole Chunky Merino. ¬†Hopefully, you can never have too many shawls?

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The photographs make it look rather bright, when I like to think it’s a little more subdued¬†‚ú® only a little mind.

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Edinburgh Part 1 – The Yarn Festival

2015-03-15 10.19.52-2I’ve wanted to go to Edinburgh for as long as I can remember and The Edinburgh Yarn Festival provided the perfect excuse to finally pay the place a visit ūüôā

The first thing to mention about the yarn festival is how many ‘stars’ of the industry offered classes, there were definitely more in attendance then I’ve seen at any other yarn show. ¬†Unfortunately, I’d missed the ones that interested me most as demand was incredibly high and most booked up very quickly. ¬†Who can blame them too, with names like Stephen West, Ysolda Teague, Rachel Coopey, Carol Feller, H√©l√®ne Magn√ļsson, Nancy Marchant, Veera V√§lim√§ki, Emily Wessel and Karie Westermann to name but a few.

I arrived at The Edinburgh Corn Exchange bright and early on Sunday morning to try and avoid some of the crowds, heading straight for the Baa Ram Ewe stall in order to purchase a present for a good friend. ¬†Saturday had been such a productive day with their Titus yarn that certain shades had sold out, including the one I was after. ¬†Undeterred, I had a great time playing with colours and trying to decide on the right colour combination for Stephen West’s Daybreak Shawl.

My plan of action when attending any yarn festival is to walk round all of the vendors once without purchasing and make a mental note of any ‘favourites’ before walking round for a second time to spend time investigating further and making any purchases. ¬†This ‘purchase’ round can in practice, lead to a 3rd and possibly even a 4th lap of the stalls, depending on how strong the ‘pull’ of some yarn is ūüėČ

With over 75 stalls to peruse I was a little spoilt for choice when it came to selecting goodies to bring home.

So what did I buy?

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Too much as per usual including

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Well, I couldn’t resist the Edinburgh Yarn Festival cotton shopper. ¬†You can never have too many project bags can you?

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I actually only bought the Tin Can Knits 9 Months of knitting book at the show, finding the other ones in a bargain book shop in the city.  I also purchased a couple of books on spinning and weaving in order to work on my ability in these areas.

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I was spoilt for choice with sock yarns, but was rather smitten by this hand dyed 4ply Blue Faced Leicester loveliness, from The Threshing Barn

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H√©l√®ne Magn√ļsson’s class was the one I’d hoped to be able to attend, having missed the opportunity this time round it seemed only fair that I bought one of her beautiful knitting kits. ¬†I opted for the Icelandic Spring Shawl in beautiful blues and greens. ¬†The lace weight yarn is a rougher texture than we’re probably use to now and there was another softer option available, I wanted Icelandic authenticity and I’m sure it’ll soften with washing.

Scary lace weight it may be, but the pattern I’m happy to report, is knitted on 5mm’s

I did purchase a few more interesting items including more yarn, but you’ll have to wait until I’ve made the projects up.

Of course no short break is complete without taking in the sights, including Edinburgh Castle and a few of the yarn shops more on that in part 2.

Happy knitting!

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As Mad As A March Hare, Round Ere Anyway

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ūüė∑¬†It’s fair to say I’m still feeling blooming awful, my nose¬†ūüĎÉ ¬†has turned into a leaky tap, which refuses to stop and I have all the energy of a sloth. ¬†I’ve barely managed to knit over the past few days, feeling even the little exertion necessary to move my hands just too much. ¬†I say this but it’s not really true, well not completely. ¬†I’m easily distracted at the best of times, but when a little run down this takes on a whole new level of insanity ūüĎŬ†My brain races ten to the dozen (or so it feels), coming up with new ideas and plans for things to knit, make, cook, etc, but the body and concentration levels find it hard to keep up.

I’m going to suddenly be able to knit the shawl I’ve been lusting over since I saw my friend wearing it on Saturday – now, today, from¬†start¬†to finish. ¬†I’m also going to be able to walk my dogs around the farm without needing to take my boots off and change into my wellies (this will require effort and quite likely bending – both not good for my banging head). ¬†The walk will take place under the belting ūüĆ쬆sun¬†ūüĆě and I will be hither to unscathed, by the gale force winds that seem to be pounding the living daylights out of the trees outside my office window.

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I’m also trying to avoid looking around the office, through fear that the mess will become too much to bare (oops nearly wrote bear) and I will once again feel the need to commence tidy up procedures. ¬†I’ve tried on at least two occasions since Sunday, to clear some space both on my desk and on the other surfaces around me (including the floor), but it’s still over cluttered, even by my standards.

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The living room isn’t much better, except there’s only bits of one project sitting on the pouffe, well they’re samples. ¬†They’re actually a rework of the samples that are strewn across my desk. ¬†As if to prove a point as to the extremes of my ability to do the polar opposite of organise myself. ¬†I have managed to mislay, the pattern for a daisy edged shawl I’d been working on for some time a couple of weeks back. That’s fine, I know they’ll eventually show up, except my afore mentioned, cold infected brain must have them now so I can get the shawl knitted, blocked and be wearing it tomorrow at the latest ūüėČ

Pigs might fly and in this wind there’s every chance they will¬†ūüź∑¬†ūüź∑¬†ūüź∑

Happy Knitting!

Before I go you might wonder why I haven’t mentioned the cowl in the photo at the top of the page, well that’s because it’s finished and residing with it’s new owner and I’ve forgotten to take a photo. ¬†So when I have one I promise to share¬†‚ô•

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Short And To The Point

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As the name of this posts suggests, it’s gonna be a quickie as I have woken up this morning with a bit of a cold virus, which currently seems to be manifesting itself as a miniature someone ūüĎĺ thumping on my eyeballs¬†ūüĎÄ

I have managed to get some baking done and have cleared away all evidence of the whirlwind that is Wednesday baking. ¬†I’ve met a rep, looked at new yarn and attempted to clear my desk and get on with some paperwork. ¬†It’s not working though the combination of dust from the desk and the constant need to sneeze¬†ūüĎÉ are getting the better of me.

What a fantastic excuse, if ever one was needed to go and get comfy and do a little¬†ūüíü knitting¬†ūüíü

So very quickly, I just wanted to show you the lovely new shades in Sirdar Snuggly DK that have arrived in.

snugglyThey’re fun and bright and definitely invoke thoughts of summer sun, the book of new patterns is in too for you to peruse but don’t forget Snuggly Dk is a standard double knit yarn and will therefore work with any double knit pattern.

I said it’d be short and it is, on a last note if you search ‘virus’ on Ravelry you get some lovely little patterns for viruses including this little one by Krista Frank, which is her amigurumi interpretation of the cold virus. ¬†I think it looks too sweet to be creating the way I’m currently feeling, so it must be another kind of virus altogether.

Happy Knitting!

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