We're off to the Lakes for a few days, taking in some climbing, some walking and of course, Woolfest.
I'll be there on Saturday, so if you're around please come and say hello.
See you next week!
Of course the photos were in the Recycle Bin - thanks to Dawn for reminding me. Must remember to think before I start to scream and shout.
Before I forget, the socks in the previous post are knitted in Opal but as usual, I have lost the ballband so can't tell you the shade. I was sent it as a gift from the States last year so can't even shed any light on where it was bought, I'm afraid. I'm guessing it is either Elements or Lollipop if that helps. If anyone knows, leave a comment.
Here's Jacinta and me on the train on the way there
and here's Dawn and I on the way back, haul on the table in front of us.
We are looking a bit dishevelled as we very nearly missed our train home and had to run for it, with about 2 minutes to spare.
Even running for a train couldn't spoil the day. Sue and her team were great hosts as always and much shopping was done by all.
Looking back at last year's pictures, I don't think I bought as much. I was conscious that Woolfest is coming up very soon, so tried to stick to things I knew would get used up (ie. sock yarn) and not get tempted by large packs of yarn.
So here's what came home with me.
Lorna's Laces sock yarn in two yummy solid colourways - Old Rose and Cranberry I think. No, not Cranberry - Manzanita.
Opal and Lana Grossa in Sam-friendly shades. Although, having seen Anna's utterly fabulous Jaywalkers I am tempted to keep the Zebra one for myself.
Cherry Tree Hill merino lace. This is the Java colourway and doesn't look much like the photo at all. I tweaked the colour to get it as close as I could but it is much browner than this.
Some Fleece Artist sock yarn - my new favourite. Quite frankly, I would have been happy to take the whole basket home but I stuck to the Hercules colourway, for now.
Lamb's Pride Worsted. First time I'd seen this. I got more than this but some is already on the needles for a project I'll show you another day. Stash stock this as well and Get Knitted has the bulky weight also.
This ball of laceweight was going begging at a bargain price, so I couldn't say no. I'm not that keen on the colour so might overdye it with red or brown.
So that was all the yarn. I bought a few Clover goodies and quite a few patterns as well. Some nice Fiber Trends shawl patterns, an Alchemy cardigan pattern and some White Lies and Knitting Pure & Simple ones as well.
All in all a good day out. If you fancy a trip, remember there is an open day every month, but none now until September. Next up, Woolfest!
I was going to tell you about our trip to Get Knitted a couple of weeks ago. I had photographed all my haul and had got all the pictures sorted and cropped and ready to go on the blog. Then I carefully and methodically deleted them all.
That loud screaming and wailing you can hear? Yes, that's me.
Just getting back into the swing of regular posting. I think there will be a few catch up posts in the works this week.
So, where were we with the knitting? I'll have to go back and update the photos as they are shamefully out of date. I'm pretty sure I must have completed at least one more pair of socks but I can't find any evidence of it. I did rip out the Slipstitch Rib ones I was doing in Lorna's Laces Tuscany as they weren't doing it for me. These are the ones I have on the needles at the moment.
I sort of thought these might be for Sam. He is off on his first scout camp this weekend and what knitting mother worth her salt would send her boy away without an ample supply of socks? Then I started to have doubts because of the lilac stripe. I asked Toby's advice and got this reply, 'They look a bit Christmassy'. Christmassy? 'Yes, because of the orange with the green stripe'.
Um, green? Does anyone see any green in the photo? When I look at it I see blue - am I the only one?
Anyway, they probably won't make it to scout camp, as Sam says he likes them, 'but it would be better if they were grey'. Well, if that's his attitude he can take his school socks I say. Either that, or I may whip him up a pair from some grey striped Lana Grossa I got from Get Knitted.
Must dash. A 9 year old boy wrapped in a large flag is waiting to be taken to watch the match on the big screen at school. Come on England!
Finally! The technological problems are sorted, although we're currently doing it old style with a monitor the size of a house - no flat screen for us baby, oh no.
Anyway, at least I can bring you photos of what's been going on.
BackTack package received (check the last post for links).
Dye-o-Rama yarn sent off. I know it's been received so I can post a picture now.
Dye-o-Rama yarn received. Yummm.
I am off to document everything else that has been happening in the last two weeks. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow, as long as I can fit it in before the football...
Well, it would appear that my PC thought that it was entitled to a break from blogging as well. It wasn't entirely unexpected but the monitor has finally given up the ghost. This means no pictures for a while I'm afraid, as the USB port on the laptop doesn't work. However, there's too much going on for me not to blog, so I'll blog as usual and add pictures in when things are up and running again.
I've received some great packages in the last week - I really wish I could show you the photos. Marie, my BackTack pal, sent me a very cute rabbit and some other great goodies. The rabbit has gone to live with Josie, as has the button bowl Marie made - now a jewellery bowl. The rice crackers and chocolate stayed firmly with me and Toby, although I did have to explain to Toby that the seaweed wrapping on the crackers is meant to be eaten, not removed and thrown away.
If you've come here via the BackTack list of 'Outstanding' people, I'm not that bad really! With the monitor down, I couldn't access any of my saved emails or other files, which included my recipient's address. I got the details forwarded to me again last night, so Niki will be receiving her stuffie (or is it a softie?) very soon - it's all done and ready to go. I have no intention of not keeping to my end of the bargain. How's that for a double negative?
In other great mail, I also got my Dye-o-Rama yarn from Julia, along with some very yummy chocolate. I really wish I could show you this yarn. Julia sent me not one, but two skeins, as she was worried that one skein had some knots in it. You can read about what happened on her blog - every knitter's nightmare! Both skeins are gorgeous and I'm looking forward to knitting with them.
Two exchanges wrapped up, one to go. The Rowanette exchange for 2006 has the theme Home & Hearth. I think I have settled on the perfect project. It will involve another trip to Stash tomorrow - I'm definitely leaving the credit cards at home...
You didn't think I could really stay away for 2 weeks did you?
Such a gorgeous day today, despite the date. I jumped on a bus and made my way to Putney for the opening of Stash Yarns.
What a shop! If you are anywhere in the vicinity of SouthWest London you must visit. Loads and loads of goodies that until now have only been available on the Internet to us UK knitters.
That wall there contains Koigu, Lorna's Laces, Art Yarns, Malabrigo and lots of other lovely stuff. I was too busy shopping and chatting with Jill to take any more photos but there is another wall of Lamb's Pride as well as Mission Falls Cotton and Debbie Bliss yarns too.
I have another stashing opportunity coming up soon so I was restrained in my purchases.
Some lovely Koigu, some Clover ring markers and a couple of patterns - I didn't mention they stock Fiber Trends, Oat Couture and Knitting Pure & Simple patterns did I? Just think, all that woolly goodness is only a bus ride away. I may need to lock up my credit cards...