No garden photos today - I didn't take any yesterday.
Morning, everyone. I think it's going to be a bit of a funny old day today - bit of sun, bit of cloud. some wind and, possibly, some rain. At the moment 8it's cloudy and looks very much as if there's rain up there but we will see.
I had a lovely time yesterday. I am sure wandering around countless stalls in a secondary school, gazing at hanks of yarn, unspun wool, ball bowls, etc, is not everyone's cuppa but it certainly is mine!
The car, with J, K and N turned up at quarter to nine and off we set, getting there about 10:15. K drove off to do his own thing and we ladies started looking around.
I won't go into details - there were lots of stalls like this . . .
. . . although the photo really doesn't do the colours justice. They shone. Coloured yarns and fabrics sing to me which might sound really silly but . . .
Lots of natural fibres of various kinds, so many hand washy mixtures which I won't go for as I know I can't be bothered to hand wash and some were 'carefully wash on a cook setting' which is better.
It's been three years since the last one which was run by Fibre East. It wasn't as big this time, not were there the variety of non-yarn stalls (by that I mean stalls that sold a wide range of knitting needles, crochet hooks, winders, weaving gadgets, knitting patterns, etc) and, frankly, the catering arrangements were a disgrace. Queueing for three quarters of an hour for a coffee and a snack is not my idea of efficient.
However, there was plenty to see, touch, enjoy and I managed to get together a fair old stash.
From left to right, along the top there's two pieces of felted wool which I though I could embroider over and make into cards. Next to that is a little gift for a cat crazy daughter! And then I fell for this sock pattern. I have a basic pattern which is fine but this one was nice. (I meant to get a sock blocker but forgot!)
Then back to the left side again, I fell good and hard for this project. She had a made up blanket and it was so lovely. Also, it showcases stitches I don't know so I will be learning while I make. I've already started practising some of the stitches before I delve into my shamefully large stash of yarn to see what colours would work.
Then there's a couple of - er - it's hard to describe really. The effect is ombre and there are four strands (knits up a 4 ply). For example, one of them starts with one strand of lilac and three of blue. Then, after a while one of the blues changed to lilac so there's two blue and lilac, then three blue and one lilac, and so on. I have a few ideas about what to make but I'm not sure yet. We will see.
The next two hanks are for me to make a couple of baby things while the last two on the right are for socks.
Both J and I fell asleep on the way back, we were so tired! I'm still feeling weary so I'm going to have a very easy day today, enjoying learning some new stitches while I watch goodness knows what on the telly.
Have a good day, everyone. xx