Good morning, gentle readers. It's a calm and gentle morning, not sunny but certainly not dull either. Fingers crossed it will be good.
Yesterday started off very rough but before long the skies cleared, the wind dropped and the sun came out. I was out for the day at Fibre East and before I left I spent a considerable time umming and ahing about tights or no tights. The trouble is, if my feet get cold a couple of my toes start cramping which is not very painful but just not very nice and I knew I would be on my feet for most of the day. I eventually decided on comfort and wore tights and shoes rather than sandals and I'm glad I did because although it was warmer, it wasn't exactly hot most of the time and it was just about right for me!
So - we (Jen and I) went off to Fibre East. It's a craft fair based on knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, embroidery, etc, and it is huge! Two halls and several large tents! It isn't somewhere to get bargains but it is somewhere to get ideas and to just stand and wonder at the range of colours and textures there are. There were crafters showing off their skills in weaving, spinning, etc, and they had things for sale, of course. You could buy yarn bowls, felted buttons, patterns, kits, enough yarn to satisfy the more hungry of crafters, fleece, dyes, gadgets galore, spinning wheels, weaving looms (I was sorely tempted) and so many other things. Sadly, no quilting, as that's not a yarn craft but I got some ideas none the less.Outside there were sheep shearing demos with lots of information about the whole process. In one tent there were bacon or sausage sarnies for sale plus tea, coffee and other refreshments. We had brought a picnic but we treated ourselves to a hot drink in the afternoon which was very welcome.
I was good and came back with very little apart from leaflets and info cards. I indulged in a mini loom for making titchy little mats (good for cards, I thought) and one ball of cheap but good yarn. I also came back with a few ideas and renewed enthusiasm.
I was spoilt as I didn't even have to get myself there. Jen's good man drove us there and back and, very sensibly, did his own thing in between. Both Jen and I nodded off on the way back!!
When I got home, Eddie came round and set up the laptop but I've already managed to do something stupid (not sure what) and it won't let me on to Facebook or Blogger which is a right pain. It did at first so it has to be something I have done! Doh! Never mind, it isn't the end of the world, but if I disappear from bloggerland for a few days you will know why!
Today is a busy day and I already have two lots of dough at various stages so I ought to get going at some point . . . Have a restful day today and I hope the sun shines for you.