Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The chain of events

It's all the fault of bloggers. I read on Anne's blog about the sale at Stash, which she'd heard about from Alison (who bought 10 skeins of Noro Blossom), who'd heard about it from Steph, who bought 4 balls of Cashmerino Aran. Anne bought 10 balls of Cathay and 8 balls of Alpaca Silk. And I wasn't going to get sucked in. But then I did. And now there's 15 balls of Jaeger Aqua on the way to me...

So what did you buy?!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Out of the labyrinth...

I had written a post all about my holiday but then there was a slight technical hitch. I arrived back from the Lake District and promptly came down with Labyrinthitis. Which is a totally crappy thing to have. Fortunately I was still at Mum's in Lincoln, rather than on my own down south. This meant that, not only did I have a week away on holiday, I then had 10 days off sick, which was a total pain. I went back to work on Thursday and have just about caught up with everything, and opened nearly three weeks worth of post (eeeeeek!), but I missed a meeting with my chartership mentor so that's delayed that for another couple of months.

I actually have several bits of posts written, as I got various podcasts listened to and books read

whilst I was away/being ill, so I will add those in over the next few weeks. I also haven't had a chance to reply to any comments from last time as I only had v. limited internet access whilst I was at Mum's, so apologies for that.

It seems strange now in the sunshine but we actually went on holiday in the snow! The mountains looked rather pretty...

Occasionally the sun came out and we went to Holehird Gardens:

and Wordsworth's Birthplace at Cockermouth

and attempted to go to Dove Cottage at Grasmere, only it was rather expensive to go in, so we didn't and went and had lunch in Grasmere instead.

I had a wonderful evening at the Keswick Stitch n Bitch, but forgot to take any pics. Anyway, it was fun and great to meet some more knitters and see what they were making.

We also had a day in Penrith (the church hall has a very reasonably priced cafe run by volunteers and serves supremely enormous jacket potatoes) and I spent rather a lot of time in the Bluebell Bookshop and then in Indigo Knits, where I bought a skein of yummy hand-dyed sock yarn.

and then perused the charity shops. Aren't charity shops in other places just fab?!

Monkey had a bit of an exhausting holiday, what with his family coming along (this is his cousin, MJ, who'd come along with my godmother)

and my nephews

And as for knitting... Well, I didn't get that much done due to small people being around. But I did learn entrelac from Yarn Forward magazine and started the Sarah bag pattern from there. This will be for a friend (whose birthday was actually at the beginning of April but I warned her it will be very late!). The yarn is James C Brett Marble Chunky on 5mm needles.

That's all for now! More updates soon...

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Get Knitted workshop

Last Saturday I went over to Bristol for a crochet workshop at Get Knitted. It would have meant catching a train at 5.30am, and we all know I don't do early mornings, so I spent Friday night at Bristol Youth Hostel, a converted warehouse in the centre of the city. Which was rather plush - comfy dorms and even an organic wine bar with some very tasty homemade cake! And the obligatory Other Person in the Dorm whom you never actually see awake. Plus two slightly bizarre girls who had a loud conversation whilst in the loo together...

I met Penny in the morning and we caught the bus from the train station to Get Knitted (it's only about 10 minutes from the station on the bus, and the bus stop is very close to the shop). The workshop was taught by Sarah Hazell in a room upstairs, with plenty of tea, coffee (fair trade!!) and nibbily things to hand.

We were provided with packs containing two balls of Rowan Purelife organic cotton (VERY nice, if a little splitty) and taught how to do some crochet stitches. We made little cases to keep our crochet hooks in and also learnt how to make flowers:

Mine is a bit wonky. My case is nearly finished, but I forgot to take a photo of it.
And afterwards we had 10% off shopping in the store!

I went to stay with Penny and her husband (who made us a very tasty veggie lasagne) and cats on Saturday night, and, after we'd been to church on Sunday morning, we carried on with the crochet. Accompanied by tea (in a groovy Penguin Pride & Prejudice mug) and chocolate biscuits.

Before heading into Exeter to have some lunch looking towards the Cathedral. Note the Spring-like weather, compared with last weekend!

I hadn't bought any yarn for me for a while so decided to have a bit of a splurge at Get Knitted. Well, we did have 10% off...

This is a skein of Colinette Jitterbug sock yarn, in Velvet Bilberry. I'm intending to make a pair of gloves with this, as I want to have gloves and a scarf that match my Coronet hat. I need to look more coordinated for work, rather than the walking scarecrow I am at the moment...

So I also bought two skeins of Lamb's Pride worsted in Amethyst to make an Irish Hiking Scarf.

Then I found some Lana Grossa sock yarn in the sale bin, and couldn't resist this Meilenweit Cotton Fiesta. I've deliberately not bought any commercial socks for a couple of years now, so am now nearly worn through the ones I wear most of the time. Which means I'll soon be able to wear hand knitted socks all the time! But I've only got one pair of cotton ones so far, and could do with some more for the summer.

And I was going to buy the yarn for Juliaca, as I love that pattern. But then there was a finished Narvik on display in the shop, which I fell in love with and which would also be perfect to wear at work. And I couldn't afford to get the yarn for both, so Narvik it was. Narvik needs seven balls of Rowan Cocoon, which is lovely and soft.

I think that's all for now. I'm off on holiday tomorrow so probably won't be posting again for about a fortnight.