Thursday, 17 October 2013

Bakewell Wool Gathering & colourwork courses

So we're off to our last show of the year tomorrow, Bakewell Wool Gathering this weekend. Because it's so late in the year, we've decided to push the boat out and I have booked a pup-friendly self-catering cottage for three nights, which we're sharing with our chum Denise from Willo Fibres. Real warm food, sofas, light, real beds and hot water - ooh the decadence.

Last little lot of dyeing done and labelled this week:
Last dyeing of 2013

Assorted sock yarns, assorted colours.

And on Tuesday I had the added decadence of treating myself to two half day knitting courses with Mary Jane Mucklestone, up at the new Baa Ram Ewe shop in Harrogate. The morning one was on Fair Isle knitting, the afternoon on Scandinavian, following on from Mary Jane's two recent books. I took my copies along to get signed.
 Mary Jane Mucklestone's class

It was rather lovely just to turn up with a big bag of yarn and needles and nothing else, and not to have to worry about responsibility or teaching or anything. (There was someone in the latter class who really had difficulty in getting it - although I helped out, it was Not My Problem!).

So we knitted a wristlet in the morning class, and started a hat in the afternoon. The only tiresome part of the entire day was having to get a bus home. Mark gave me a lift in in the morning, (half an hour's drive). The class finished at 4.30, the bus was at 5.15, and I was eventually home (albeit with only one bus) by 6.45. Never mind, I didn't feel too ill and got lots of the cap done.

Hope to see lots of people at Bakewell!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Telmarine Cap - pattern up.

Finally finished the pattern for the Telmarine Cap - and I'm actually making one for myself, at last!

It's on Ravelry here.

It's an intermediate knit, as both Vikkel Braid and corrugated ribbing are part of the pattern. However, they are all carefully described, as is the construction of the tassel.

Telmarine 3, 2

This is the third version I've knitted, and was sent off a few days ago to its final destination.

Telmarine Cap from side

This one was the original, inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia discussion on one of my groups in Ravelry. Sadly it was sent off for a swap in which the other person got her goodies and disappeared without trace, so I was a little ambigous about the hat for a while.

Then I knitted this one, from some lovely silk blend sock yarn (not mine) and felt much better about the whole thing.

Telmarine finished 2

I also started thinking about the pattern, as so many people expressed interest.

So that hat was recently put up for an auction on Facebook in aid of the badger in the West Country, and due to a slight confusion ended up being promised to two people. Hence the third hat, knitted in my own sock yarn and just sent off again.

So there you are - I have released it out into the wild. I wonder where it ends up?

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Quick review of Yarndale

Just a few quick photos of Yarndale

Setting off

All packed up in our van, in next to no time. And imagine, the show is only half an hour away from home.

Stall set up 1

Setting up on Friday, we ended up whizzing down to one of the huge cheap homestores down in Skipton for extra sheets to cover the stand. We found some lovely thick cotton throws that are perfect for covering tables - for the first time ever we have matching table covers.

Yarndale set up 3

We were actually in a dim part of the auction mart, but the customers came none-the-less. With hindsight, I'd have put the quilts to the back not the side.

Most of the Yarndale clientele seemed to be knitters and crocheters rather than spinners and felters, but I still did pretty well. Saturday was rammed, as other reports have indicated, but it was much, much quieter towards the afternoon.

On Sunday Ma brought me up to Skipton so Mark could do the farmers' market in Skipton. He was so afraid of being stuck behind the huge queues that developed on Saturday morning he only whizzed round the meat and cheese stands (where we have regular orders) before dropping it off at home and rushing to the show. He made it well before opening and we'd left him a bacon butty.

I didn't even buy much either:
 Goodies from Yarndale

I picked up the second edition of Ply magazine (in which I featured in the Majacraft advert), some bone needles and a silk thread Gunister purse kit from Mulberry Dyer, some rather lovely bronze pins and hooks/eyes from Lucy the Tudor, and a little wooden heddle from Lucy too. Restrained and useful.

Yarndale, me, Pat & Steve, Hannelore and Alan

And Hannelore, who is part of the Back-to-Back challenge team in the Netherlands earlier this year, appeared with her husband Alan. And Pat and Steve, who invigilated and took me there and back, door to door. It was lovely to see them all again.

And now I'm girding the loins and doing a little bit more dyeing for  Bakewell...