Episode 12 – Organising

WIPs
Tallulah Cardigan by Sarah Ronchetti which is a paid for pattern on Ravelry, gifted to me by Marie (Purplesnowdrop).
(Nearly a WIP – I’ve started it while the podcast was uploading!) – John Arbon merino fibre in a sort of sea-green colourway.

FOs
Owl About Yarn BFL “Rainbow”

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Quay Shawlette
Pattern by Sara Millis of Sara’s Texture Crafts and the yarn is “Quay Parade” on Sparkle Owl from my own shop.

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John Arbon Grape merino
Ben’s Blending board rolags combined with P&M Wool craft sparkly dark teal fibre

Stash Enhancement
Sara’s Texture Crafts fibre and Rosie’s Moments miniskeins from Bristol Wool Fair

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Loose Ends
Quay Shawlette KAL ongoing – come and visit my Ravelry group in order to benefit from discounts and friendly encouragement and enabling!
Shop update – there’s new yarn, fibre and miniskeins in the shop this week.

Shop update

I put a few new colourways into the shop yesterday and today, both on fibre and yarn. The fibre is something special, a lovely merino/silk/stellina blend.

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The yarns are a mixture of bases, and I’ve even listed a skein of my handspun yarn for the first time!

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Today’s job was winding miniskeins. I managed 150 10g skeins. I’ll be sorting these into sets soon and then they’ll hit the shop, hopefully tomorrow.

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So if you’re making any sort of modular project using fingering/4ply/sock weight yarn, remember to come and have a look in my shop tomorrow evening!

Finished my Quay Shawlette!

I thought I’d pop in quickly and share the photos of my finished Quay Shawlette. I’m really pleased with how it came out. I’ve got the yarn started to knit my next one once Erin’s school cardigan is done.

I knit it on 4mm needles, with my own hand dyed yarn, Owl About Yarn Sparkle Owl “Quay Parade” colourway. The pattern is by Sara Millis of Sara’s Texture Crafts, and is available on Ravelry. And if you visit my Ravelry group, you will find discount codes for both the pattern and your choice of my yarn to knit it!

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Bristol Wool Fair

Today we went to Bristol and visited the wool fair. Husband and kids came with me as well which was lovely. I wanted them to see what a yarn festival looks like. Having been to a few now (and as I’m hoping to start exhibiting soon myself), I wanted them to experience one and be able to offer informed advice to me when I’m planning my own stall. I had a good look at the website before we went and I saw that they were offering things that would entertain my whole family. There would be more than just wool there! In the event my kids enjoyed themselves. They saw a Viking village and a battle reenactment as well as falconry and a sheep dog display which was lovely. In the sheepdog display there were three or four different dogs who each herded the ducks on the course and through a tunnel before returning them to their pen. Erin got very excited during the Viking battle to the point of choosing which of the warriors she thought should die next!

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There were also plenty of food vendors. We had packed a picnic but I think my husband regretted this decision when he saw a pie seller, not to mention the pulled pork and pulled BBQ beef on offer. He did sample a small glass of local cider though! Before we left we all treated ourselves to an ice cream from Shepherd’s Dairy. I think this was the first time I had tried sheep’s milk ice cream and it was really tasty.

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Can you see the ice cream on the end of her nose?

Inside the barns, the stalls were all a wool lover could ask for. I was determined to be restrained today as I bought so much at Wonderwool Wales that I’m still working through the fibre. However, when you visit a nice place it is totally acceptable to bring back souvenirs! And when you’re at a wool festival what better souvenir to buy than fibre to spin and yarn to knit. My resolve held; probably helped by the fact that I had my husband with me to monitor my purchases! In the end I treated myself to some fibre from Sara’s Texture Crafts and a set of mini skeins from Rosie’s Moments (which will be added into my sock yarn blanket at some point). I seem to have been in a pink mood today, what do you think?

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Ben had a chance to have a go at something new today as well. At the Ashford stall he was invited to try out a blending board and made me a couple of loose rolags. He did pretty well – maybe I should get him one for Christmas and invite him to join the company!

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I plan on finding a complementary colour and then spinning this up onto one bobbin and plying it with a solid. It should be a riot of colour in a single skein!

Finally the animals. We saw two beautiful alpacas. One of them was called Caesar, but I don’t remember what the other one was called. Erin really wanted to climb in the pen with them and cuddle them!

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As well as these, we met an angora rabbit named Arthur.

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We will also fortunate enough to see 2 Valais Blacknose sheep. They looked so cute and cuddly just like teddy bears!

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All in all a good time was had by everyone, and I look forward to seeing what the organizers have planned for the third Bristol wool fair next year!

Episode 11 – Back to School!

Works in progress

Tallulah by Sarah Ronchetti (2nd one!)
Quay Shawlette by Sara Millis of Sara’s Texture Crafts
Owl About Yarn BFL ‘Rainbow’

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Finished items

Tallulah

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John Arbon ‘Grape’ merino (although I’m going to spin some more, but I have three finished skeins)

Acquisitions

Unwind Yarn Company miniskeins

Plans

Bristol Wool Fair visit this coming weekend

Loose Ends

Come and visit the Ravelry group for discount codes on the Quay Shawlette pattern and on my yarn for the duration of the KAL (until 31st October)

Also, visit the “What makes you smile” thread and share happy thoughts!