Unravel 2017

Some of you who follow me on Instagram may have noticed my Sunday Sevens didn’t tell the full fully story of last week. Truth is, I scheduled it to post on Thursday evening as I went away Friday morning and headed for Unravel at Farnham Maltings.

I was very excited. I was going to meet up there with Lovely Littlest and two old friends. (I was also going to spend the whole weekend with Lovely Littlest!) However, they were all working on Friday, so meeting up was Saturday’s plan and I’d booked a workshop for Friday.

It’s a long slow train Journey from Exeter to Farnham, so the day started with train knitting…

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Having got up at 5.15am, I was quite exhausted when I got to Farnham just before mid day. I needed to eat and there wasn’t time to look around – not that I would have, as it would have spoiled Saturday, but I couldn’t resist popping to see Exeter girl  Belinda Harris-Reid on her stall.

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My workshop was Bias Knitting with the hugely talented Alison Ellen. Alison was an excellent, very encouraging tutor who certainly knows how to nurture creative thinking in her students. For me the workshop was very much one of creative play and it has sparked lots of idea about projects and further creative exploration.

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I did feel at £45 it was expensive for 3 hour workshop. There was entry to the festival included, but with it opening at 11 on the Friday,  even if you were local enough, I don’t think the two and a quarter  hours it gave would be sufficient time to see it all. I’m in no way doing Alison down here, she was excellent. However I’d normally expect to pay  around the £45 mark for a full day of an expert workshop. Is that my perception because I live in the impoverished south west? What do you think?

On Saturday I returned to the festival with Lovely Littlest and we met up with my two friends. The theme this year is birds. The pigeons were my favourite…

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These were my non-bird favourites…

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The festival itself is curated, so there was a wonderful mix of excellent stalls. However, although I have a small stash, I rarely buy yarn without a project in mind. Having just has two batches of yarn spun for the DYC and having plenty of projects planned for that, I resisted buying any yarn. (I know, it wasn’t easy.)

There were so many wonderful stalls. I had planned to take more pics of them, but it was so busy and I was enjoying my day so much, I didn’t want to ruin it by keep taking pictures.

Although I didn’t buy any yarn, I did buy the latest copy of Pompom…

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… because I had spotted a pattern in it I want to knit….

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…  I think I’ll dye my own yarn for it.

I also bought a small brooch…

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And, although I don’t tend to buy yarn without a project in mind, it turns out I can buy buttons with no specific purpose…

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All in all, I had a wonderful day at the festival and enjoyed an inspiring and useful workshop. Unravel is undoubtedly one of the best yarn festivals! What more can I say?

Sunday Sevens – February 19th 2017

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – the brainchild of Nathalie at Thread and Bobbins.

Last week was the first week of Lovely Husband’s six month sabbatical. Having had a bit of a leaving do on Friday, he and Mr Hicks took it easy on Saturday…

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Knitted Coin Purse and Work in Progress

I’ve no idea where the time goes, but I don’t seem to be getting much knitting finished of late. Although I do have two other projects nearing completion, one is a quick one that I only started last week. There is also the curl I’m knitting, so I can only think that I’ve been spending more time than I realise on that. Continue reading “Knitted Coin Purse and Work in Progress”

Tutorial: Circular Cast on that doesn’t leave a hole in the middle

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll know that this year I set a goal to learn at least one new thing about knitting each month. Having found the slopped shoulder bind off in my copy of Cast on Bind off last month, I decided to see if there was a better way to make a circular cast on for a flat circle when I decided to make one.

Not something I make often, but when I have, I’ve cast on the right number of stitches, joined the circle as tightly as I could, then sew up the little hole at gets created in the middle. I was therefore delighted to find a a way to cast on for a circle that doesn’t create a hole. So while did it I made a tutorial… Continue reading “Tutorial: Circular Cast on that doesn’t leave a hole in the middle”

YAY! I’m UFO Free!

One of the great things about blogging is that once I’ve promised to do something on my blog, I find it much harder to hide from doing it. I’ve no doubt that if I kept quiet and didn’t mention it again, you guys would forget I ever made the promise, but still making that promise in open forum makes it so much more compelling. After all a promise is a promise. Continue reading “YAY! I’m UFO Free!”

We’re in Simply Knitting issue 156 – or at least they are.

Several people have observed that our sheep has ‘personality’. Boy are they they right. A few weeks ago, sheep and and teapot sweater snuck off and blagged their way onto a simply knitting photo shoot.   The first I heard of it, was when they started pestering me to buy them a copy of Simply Knitting.

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And now they’re pestering me to tell you about it. So here they are…

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