Yarndale 2015

This year was my third visit to Yarndale. I had started to wonder whether I really needed to go again but aside from the wonder that is Yarndale, my friend and I always have a very nice time visiting Skipton. The traffic was so terrible on the way up that it took 5 hours which really ate into our shopping time on the first day. We did squeeze in a visit to Coopers for a late lunch and I sat in Lucy’s (Attic 24) chair for a ‘fan photo’ opportunity.







We had a little look around her studio and then walked to the auction mart to Yarndale. Hurray! The first thing we saw when we walked in were the Flowers for Memories which looked stunning.


This photo only really shows about half of the flowers (you have probably gathered that photography is not my strong point!) but you can get the idea. The colour wave looked amazing. Against all odds I found my flower!











Not much purchasing took place on the Saturday but plenty of Sunday shopping planning went on late into the evening. My main Sunday purchases were this lovely Finnish yarn in a mustard shade. Everything is mustard at the moment for me. Love it.

It is going to be a cardigan, pattern to be decided.



Then I went to see Rachel Coopey and bought her Toasty volume one with some Titus yarn from across the way at Baa Ram Ewe. That is going to be 2 hats and some handwarmers, all from the Toasty book.









Oh, I could have bought a lot more than that but I do have quite a lot of yarn at home already…


With that in mind, I did a tiny bit of stash busting and made these sleepy babies for 2 new real babies belonging to my cousins.
We met them on saturday for the first time and both babies loved chewing the pointy hats. I don’t think I have ever seen such an enthusiastic response to anything I have made before!


Yarndale Prep

My knitting buddy, Catrin and I are off to Yarndale again in September. We decided, and made a pact, that we would finish up all the projects and yarn that we bought there last year before this year’s trip. It doesn’t include patterns that were purchased without yarn but it does include everything else, even Dorset button kits. Catrin.
My prep is going pretty well, I am on my last 2 projects. One is a cable Aran wrap and the other, after a couple of frogs, is Romney Kerchief by Jared Flood.


I have finished my orange cardigan, another Brooklyn Tweed pattern, but I can’t find the buttons I bought the first time I knitted it so it’s just hanging around waiting.

Oh, and the other Yarndale prep is making a crochet mandala for display purposes. It gets sent off to Lucy at Attic 24 and gets made into some spectacular display for Yarndale. I’ve just pva’d the back to make it stiff, hopefully, and it’ll go in the post tomorrow ahead of the deadline for once in my life.


And for the rest of the evening I will be filing pages that I ripped out of magazines before I recycled them a few weeks ago to try and make a bit of shelf space. Great.


skirts, bags and ripples

Workshop season is in full flow! I’ve done two great workshops at Guthrie & Ghani in Birmingham over the past couple of weeks. We made a secret pocket bag…

and today we did the first EVER Rowan ‘Make an A-line skirt’ where everyone made their own pattern. It was brilliant! Unfortunately everyone finished at different times so I don’t have a finale picture of everyone but I do have Caroline and Katie who loved their day so much they didn’t want it to end…

and I have been to Milton Keynes where everyone seems to be called Vicki apart from Julie, Charlotte and Karen and we had a lovely day doing ripple crochet. It was meant to be a more varied workshop than just rippling but everyone had a bit of an affinity with rippling so it sort of took over the day.

I managed to fit in a visit to Yarndale last weekend but will blog about that next time.

Happy knitting and sewing!


Recycled cords

I have a pair of old cords from White Stuff which have been a bit on the tight side for a while now. So rather than having them mocking me from the cupboard I thought I would turn them into a skirt!

I have seen some pretty horrendous jeans to skirt adaptations so I avoided the usual thing of using the top part of the jeans and chopped the legs off instead. The bottoms of the legs measured the same as the hem of another skirt I have so I knew it would work. I unpicked the inside seam of each leg and then sewed them to each other leaving a bit of the side seam open for a zip.

Then I tried it on to see how long it should be and I did have to take it in a bit round the waist but that was it! A new skirt in an hour or so. (I’m not really bandy-legged; the photographer’s fault.)

A success! But other things have gone by the by. Like this lovely advent garland which I had been going strong on.

I have done half of the granny stars and they don’t take long, but I’ve not really made any inroads into making the numbers and I feel like on 6th December, it’s too late! however, I think I will carry on after christmas so it’s ready for next year.

The rest of today I am making a phone case ordered by Penny from my Etsy store and then I am onto Christmas sewing. More things that got started last year but not finished in time! Do you see a pattern emerging?