Show Season

It has been so long since I wrote anything here, and for that I apologise. The last few months have felt so busy and have flown by in a heartbeat. I’m sure it’s probably the same feeling for you too! So much has been going on since my last podcast and post, but it would take forever to catch you up so let’s pretend that we just spoke last week, yes? I’ll catch you up from there!

Last Saturday, Zoe and I went to Yorkshire and visited Yarndale. It was my first visit to that show, but we had heard so much about it that we just really wanted to see it for ourselves. The journey was absolutely horrific; I think we were stuck on three different motorways at various points, and instead of the 4.5 hours that Google Maps told us it would take, it ended up being nearer to 8! So, starting off exhausted is not ideal, but the yarn fumes kept us going!

[I should let you know while I remember, Zoe recorded a vlog of our trip and it will be uploaded onto her Youtube channel tomorrow, if you’d like to see how we got on!]

We both bought some nice things, and I even had a separate budget to spend for our friend Ellie who couldn’t come with us! (I’ve yet to give her her yarn, but she’ll get a nice parcel in the post delivered to her cosy little smallholding sometime soon.)

I bought a skirt length of wool fabric from a local shop which had a stall, as well as a length of Liberty Tana Lawn which I plan to use to make myself a top. My bags were actually remarkably light on yarn. The only yarn I ended up buying was some bombproof Opal to make mansocks for Mr OwlAboutYarn.

We decided to make a weekend of it and so had tickets for both days of the show. The Sunday was definitely less frantically busy which meant that there was a bit more space to look around the stalls, and a little more time to talk to the people we knew. We set off early afternoon to head home, and finally got back late evening (after a disappointing stop at Tamworth services which was fully and hilariously chronicled by Zoe on her vlog – I think mild hysteria brought on by exhaustion had set in by then!!), ready to collapse into bed and sleep for half a week!

All in all, it was nice to see all the lovely people there (although we did somehow miss a couple of people I would have liked to chat with), but it wasn’t so easy to get around as Wonderwool Wales, and the nature of the built in pens meant that the stalls were very crowded in. We liked that the organisers had provided much more seating than I’ve become used to at a yarn festival, and the effort that people had gone to to crochet bunting, hearts, mandalas and bollard covers was outstanding. Queues for food were horrifically long, but I think that’s the same at pretty much any event like this that you go to.

My next event will be in a fortnight when I vend at West Wales Wool Show. It’s a one day event in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, and I went for the first time last year and loved it! This next fortnight will be spent dyeing, carding and sewing in preparation!

Episode 30 – Light on the knitting, heavy on the waffle!

Workings – Milk Stout cardigan, pattern by Thea Colman (paid for pattern on Ravelry). My own hand dyed merino aran yarn, colourway Plum Duff. 3.5mm knit pro zing needles.

Loving

  • Blacker yarn for the #blackerpodkal hosted by Blacker Yarns and Louise from Knit British podcast
  • Wool Tribe magazine
  • Tyddyn Bryn podcast by my bkff Ellie
  • Moneta-along, which Zoe from Pins and Needles podcast brought to my attention

Out and About

  • Edinburgh Yarn Festival podcast lounge 10/11 March
  • Wonderwool Wales 22/23 April
  • Yarningham 15/16 July

Shop Update

All Blue Faced Leicester aran this week – a new base and weight for my shop. Eight colourways, update goes live at 7pm GMT

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Episode 29 – Bright and Sunny!

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Question: are you a loose knitter or a tight knitter??

Workings

Monkey socks by Cookie A – available free on knitty.com

Milk Stout cardigan by Thea Colman – paid for pattern on Ravelry.

Petal Dress by Felicity Patterns (pattern available at https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/128630976/sewing-pattern-petal-reversible-dress)

Loving

Pin badge – madness hamsters
New pictures – Rhiannon Roberts ( http://www.rhiannonart.co.uk)
– Amy’s Not Dead Yet ( https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/amysnotdeadyet?ref=s2-header-shopname)

Shop news – update tonight at 7pm, http://owlaboutyarn.etsy.com – it’s all about the project bags!

Consistency!


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Finishings

Baable hat, knit in John Arbon Knit by Numbers 
Deco Mug Mat knit in Laal Bear 4ply and undyed 4ply

Workings

Milk Stout cardigan by Thea Colman, knitted on 3.5mm needles in my own hand dyed aran merino (colourway Plum Duff, in case you’re interested!)

Aran weight mitred square blanket

Monkey Socks by Cookie A knitted on 2mm needles in a yarn I think MariaSamira gifted to me?

KALs you might like to try

Pins and Needles Newfangled KAL hosted by BFG in her Ravelry group – until the end of February.

Louise Tilbrook Brioche Challenge – just this month

Carolien Kralalien of Colourful Creativity’s Colourful Brioche KAL – until the end of March

Katie MissLavelli of Inside no.23 has a year long Harry Potter KAL – just my sort of thing!

CC javapurl and Dami damisdoodles of Geeky Girls Knit podcast have the Winter Wonderland KAL until the end of February.

Vlog of walk in Cardiff Bay

Episode 27 – Feeling Festive!

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Happenings

I’ve been accepted to exhibit at Wonderwool Wales again next year!! Will you be there? 22/23 April 2017 in Llanelwedd Wells.

Workings

Baable hat by Donna Smith, knitted in John Arbon Knit by Numbers DK.
Spinning – Wingham Wool Work merino silk blend.

Finishings

Plain beanie hat 
Treacle Shawl by Joeli Kelly (www.joelicreates.com), yarn from http://www.sarastexturecrafts.com and also my own merino dk.

Loving

Lots of gifts! 
Trip to Somerset

Remnants

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all your support this year, both in my shop and on all the social media platforms. I wish for you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful, optimistic and happy new year for 2017! 

Owl About Yarn on Ravelry

There is an Owl About Yarn group on Ravelry. Did you know that? I always post a new thread for each podcast, and also post first there with shop news including discounts and giveaways. 

At the moment we have an ongoing KAL. It is called “Socks and Shawls, oh my!” and, as suggested by the name, we are making things to go around our necks or to put on our feet! It started when my friend Marie offered to design and knit five beaded lace shawls for a wedding. I had already decided to knit socks all summer and I thought that maybe if other people crafted along with us, it might encourage us to reach our goals!

At the time of writing there are 97 completed projects from 21 people taking part! With just a couple of weeks remaining until the end of August deadline, I have started to think about prizes. 

So far, there is a small drawstring project bag, a gorgeous hand made card from my friend Pam at Roath Crafts Market, a notions pouch sized tin of balm (great for dry hands for knitters!) from Nature’s Little Helpers (also at Roath Market) and a little random orange knit pouch that I made.

So why not come and join us? It’s a friendly group and I’d love to get to know more of you better. Plus, it’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss any exciting Owl About Yarn developments!