My next show is…Craft4Crafters at Exeter Westpoint

In a few short weeks, from the 15th to 17th February I will be exhibiting at Craft4Crafters in the Westpoint Arena in Exeter. I’m excited and nervous as I’ve not been to any multi-craft shows as a trader, so I’m not sure whether that means that the customers will want different things compared to the ‘normal’ yarn shows I vend at. Plus, this is a three day show and I’ve only ever done one or two day shows before.

I have some tickets up for grabs, very kindly provided by the organisers of Craft4Crafters so, if you’d be interested in getting your hands on a pair, keep your eyes and ears open. I’m most likely to announce that on my podcast first, although I’m sure I’d make a note on Ravelry and Instagram as well.

I’m right in the middle of my preparations at the moment. Lists have been made, stock has been taken (as in I’ve done a stock take, not suffered a burglary, touch wood!) and a tentative show prep diary has been laid out. I have oodles of gorgeous fibre to dye, and bundles of yarns clamouring for colour. Zoe and I are planning on opening pre-orders for a new kit at about the same time as the show and so I’ll need to prepare my samples ready to have on show. Plus I have to make all the other fun things that I make like the microskein earrings, stitch markers, progress keepers, project bags, miniskeins etc. Suffice to say, I’ll have plenty to keep me busy over the next four or five weeks!

One thing that I will need to do is draw up a rough stall plan sometime soon. My stall doesn’t vary hugely from show to show but there are always slight differences in the space I’m allowed to inhabit, and it will make set up so much faster if I can have a layout in mind before we get there. It saves me sitting on the floor in a flat spin trying to work out how to organise my display furniture!

Year of WIPs

I’ve decided that this year I will defeat my WIP* pile. I can think of nine without even trying, which is making my brain feel itchy! So, slowly but surely I will dial back those unfinished items and, as a pleasant side effect, reclaim many sets of knitting needles. I think that by the time I’ve finished I’ll be amazed by how many knitting needles I actually own!

First up for the year are my Monkey Socks. These started out as socks for me, but unfortunately my skin won’t tolerate the yarn and so my husband becomes the lucky recipient! When I was looking through my project bags for knitting needles to use for my Christmas Eve Cast On (another WIP, but so recent that it doesn’t make me feel guilty yet) I discovered a nearly finished sock and felt inspired to knit on. Weirdly, when I was first knitting the sock (over a year ago – this was a true hibernation) I couldn’t get the very simple pattern to stick in my brain. I think that’s why it took so long, and why I walked away from it for all that time. But within a very short length of time after picking it up again, the pattern was memorised and the other sock and a half have flown off the needles! I will show these socks off on my next podcast, and now I need to move on to another WIP.

I’ve got several part-finished jumpers. At least one will need complete frogging and restarting, or maybe a new pattern choosing to go with the yarn. One other was actually finished but doesn’t fit well and so needs me to rip back to the armholes and reknit the yoke (sob!). I’m fairly sure that my Tonks Togs jumper (started nearly 3 years ago, the shame!) only needs half a sleeve and a fairly quick yoke, so I think that might be high up on my to-finish list.

Blankets. Ah. Two sock yarn blankets, one intended to use as a wall hanging display at yarn festivals, about 75% done I’d estimate. Another which will be just for me is not even close to a quarter. I need to put my own sock yarn blanket where I can see it regularly so that I remember to add squares more often. Maybe I should set myself a target of a square every other day? I also have many part-made modular blankets. For these I think the best outcome would be if I made a couple of Franken-blankets out of all the assorted knitted squares that I have sitting lonely in bags all over the place. And finally I have a half finished fairisle blanket with an elephant parade motif. This was intended for the baby of a friend; she is currently expecting the next baby along! Oh dear!

Please someone tell me I’m not alone in this ridiculous amount of half finished knitted items? And please offer encouragement (carrot or stick, whatever works!) to get me through my attempt to whittle down the WIP mountain into something a little more manageable!


*Works In Progress

Happy New Year!

Happy new year and welcome to 2018! I hope it’s a wonderful year for you all. I’m really looking forward to all of the shows that I will be attending, and I’m so looking forward to having the opportunity to meet and chat with more of you through the year.

I’ve just overhauled my Events page, and I’m hoping to keep this up to date as and when I hear that I’ve been accepted to exhibit in new shows. Go and have a look and see if I’ll be vending anywhere that you are likely to visit!

I was wondering, what would you like to see more of on my website this year? Are you interested in the chatty blog posts, or maybe you’d enjoy links to things that I find interesting? Would you like to read journals of my preparations for and trips to yarn festivals? Detailed discussions about my current crafting projects? Leave me a comment and let me know what you would enjoy, and I’ll do my best to provide more of that.