Saturday, 25 August 2012

Bluefaced Weekend

The Bluefaced Weekend at Mickle Trafford was fantastic. Lots of lovely knitters and lots and lots of scrummy yarn; even with just a few stalls I found myself bamboozled with choice yet again. 

Bought waaay too much but boy was it fun.
I bought 5 skeins just from Posh yarn

Catherine - Colourway - Sent to Coventry - Heavy Laceweight - 100% Organic Merino

Olivia Lace - Orphan - 100% Mulberry Silk

Megan - Orphan - Sock Weight - 100% Superwash BFL

2 Skeins Gretchen 2ply - House On The Mountain - 55% superwash BFL, 45% silk. Provisionally I'm thinking of making an Oregon Coast Cardigan

Now the rest of the yarn!

Babylonglegs Radiance Sock - 100% Pure Wool - to make a Marin

And two lots from easyknits; I could have bought lots from here. The colours are just so bright and saturated! Right up my street. Finally settled on just these two.

Deeply Wicked - Electric Dreams - 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon 

Deeply Wicked - Midnight Forrage (sic) - 100% Superwash Merino

Restocked my stash which has gone down quite a bit recently. Believe it or not; I've knitted the majority of the yarn I bought at Woolfest.

All the stalls were fantastic; wished I'd been able to support all of them (just not enough pennies - but I did give it a good go!). Though Nicsknots is making me some of her lovely bags in the near future.

I'd definitely go again and the cakes were very scrummy btw and Mr. says the coffee was fantastic too!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Adobe Illustrator How to: Knitting Illustrations

 I've been experimenting recently with Adobe Illustrator. It's an amazing piece of software; there are a few tutorials around on how to make knitting illustrations but I wasn't 100% happy with it as I was sure there was an easier way. I have no experience or training in Illustrator so this is amateur hour. This is what I figured out to produce the illustration below:

I'm assuming you know the basics of illustrator such as how to draw shapes and change the stroke and fill.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Dyeing Find

At Woolfest, I bought a dyeing kit from D & T Crafts and I've been amassing all the equipment I'll need (such as gloves, dye pots etc.) when a lucky find turned up. I'd been planning to do most of it on the stove but a Burco Water Boiler appeared! It's from my parents-in-law, they used to keep turkeys commercially and used the boiler for cleaning up; they've moved on to arable farming so it was looking a little lost and forlorn in one of the barns. 

It's been re-appropriated for dyeing. It's quite big so think I could do a fair amount at once. Not sure which technique to try with it but looking forward to some dyeing. I'd bought some lovely undyed rovings from Wingham's when I was there at the beginning of the week - (a very happy coincidence!).

Friday, 10 August 2012


Major Oak

We had an absolutely wonderful day wandering around the bowyers and archery shops of Nottinghamshire - bow shopping. While we were there we stopped off at Sherwood Forest.  

Next month, Mr. and I have booked in to do a willow basket weaving workshop at The Basket Case. We had a bit of inspiration at the Archery Have-a-Go in Sherwood Forest. They had some beautiful wicker ground quivers.

 Mr. decided to "Have-A-Go" even though he's been an archer for over a decade and already been to three archery shops that day to try out their bows! Boys and their toys!

Spotted Robin Hood while we were there too...

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

FO Plethora

I've had a mass of finished objects recently. Above are just a few of what I've finished in the last month; there's a scarf and a jumper as well plus two secret projects (I'm going to be writing the patterns up for them). It's nice to get all those unfinished objects done and I can start on some new exciting ones.