To be inspired

As I mentioned in my last post, Farnham Maltings hosted the Unravel Fair. It was all about yarns, wools and what to do with them all. I’m so glad I went with a budget as it would have been so easy to buy the lot.Farnham Maltings dove

All the stalls and the stall holders were absolutely delightful, however one stood out for me, and there were a few, a lady called Jenny Barnett. She is a Master felter par excellence! Send her a photograph of your pet and she will felt it.jenny barnettShe also creates the most beautiful little dresses, fit for any fairy. Please do let me know if you have anything made by her I would love to see it.

I got to meet the lovely lady from Artisan Yarns who dies seaweed and silk wool. Yes seaweed and silk. I could not help myself but had to buy just one skein and am itching to get started.

I had a try at spinning wool, it takes great skill, which I’m sure will come with practice. Will this be the next step?  Oh dear Lord give me more hours in the day 🙂

 

We have been busy here at our classes too. Siobham has finished  making the beautiful cushion cover, her first project on the sewing machine, the napkin rings don’t count she tells me.Siobhan cushion

Thank goodness it is almost the weekend, so there will be more time to knit.

Hope you are happy crafting too!

 

love, E X

 

PS: I found this in the Simple Things magazine: Next time you have a spill go to www.woolsafe.org/uk the award winning Stain Guide app

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Free Patterns, Fairs and other bits

Good morning

It might be half-term for us in the UK, but that means more time to research and to knit of coarse.

I  spent some of my time on Pinterest, my favourite site of all, and found this fun website. mystylerules.com

You key in your measurements and it will tell you which style of clothing suites your body shape the best. Not that we don’t know that already, a little bit of fun if you have too much time on your hands. It is half-term after all.

As you might know, I love to knit and one of my favourite stores, if not the best store ever, is Loop based in Islington, London.

It is so beautiful, with so many choices of wool and gorgeous patterns. I receive their email updates, which I look forward to. There are often free patterns with advice and many other interesting information.

Which leads me to Kate, who is in knitting mania, creating one beautiful hat after another.Kate hat 2

Will we be getting the colder weather to sport our new creations?

If you have some spare time this weekend (21.22.23 February): Unravel….a festival of knitting at the Farnham Maltings, is the place to go. It looks  good and I’m sure will be very inspiring.

 

If you enjoy embroidery Caroline Zoob ( I have one of her books: The Hand Stitched Home) is hosting some workshops in a private house near Guilford, Surrey.

I would like to make just about every project in her book.

email sales@carolinezoob.co.uk or telephone 07929 826052 for more info

 

So back to the couch and my knitting…………..I wish this would be the case. It will have to be the house work first,  but I have my girls home to help, if and when they decide to part with their beds 🙂

 

Have a great week

 

love E x

the rain will not stop us…….

Hello from the very wet and windy Ascot.

We do live on an Island, but unfortunately a very damp one at the momet. Luckily for us we have our crafting to keep us busy and smiling.

Kate has  inspired me to knit while overseeing the homework. It keeps me calm, no matter how long the homework takes. Should it take a little longer? Oh goody,another few rows done 🙂 I actulay look forward to homework time now as does my daughter. Far more importantly, she is making great progress too.

We have all been rather busy, Michelle could be persuaded to “disguise” a few holes on her favourite jumper with some needle felting michelle jersey lovely result and done in no time at all.

She also completed her first knitted project, a really lovely hat Harrison Hatespecially when being modelled by such a cutie.

 

Lisa, as always, rustles up master pieces in no time Lisa bird cushion 1 and Kate has been making quilts for her daughters friend!kate birthday quilt Exactly , just what I thought, we need to get on that friends list 😉

Kate has also been busy knittingKate scarf. I just love the colours of this scarf. kate scarThe wool is from Noro and is available in many stores, best to look it up on line.

I have been a little busy too. I have made a coat, a really warm coat, so if it stops to rain and start to snow I’ll be just fine. Ela's coatIt’s actually a lovely pink, sorry not such a good picture. It was great fun to make, except I ended up with very pink fingers and a very pink iron?

I hope you are well and dry and look forward to next weeks crafts.

happy crafting E x