Fun at Bluefaced.Com Open Day

29 09 2008

On Sunday I arranged to go to the open day with Chris and Lindsay (ohh and not forgetting Jules, Lyndsey’s boyfriend who gave up his Birthday to join us). I really didn’t know what to expect, having never been to any type of fiber festival before but it was amazing. We pulled into what can only be described as a stunning location, to find the most beautiful assortment of everything yarnly!

There were stalls run by Natural Dye Studio, Fyberspates, DT Crafts, Laughing Hens, The Mulberry Dyer and obviously So we we’re spoiled for choice……

I decided it was about time to embrace some new fiber related arts, I have been wanting to have a go a yarn dying for some time and there was such a fantastic choice of undyed yarn and the choice of dyes was amazing too, I decided to get a procion starter kit and 4 different types of undyed yarn, all sock yarn but various blends. BFL & Nylon, Merino & Bamboo, Merino & Tencel and Cotton & Tencel. I am excited to start giving it a try 🙂

Chris also kindly volunteered to show me how to use a drop spindle, after we had finished our lovely scones, she gave me a little tutorial and let me have a go, it was amazing. I loved the feeling of turning the lovely fluffy fibre into something you can knit with, so with Chris kindly offering to loan me her spindle off I went and bought some lovely fiber, purple and green extra fine merino YUM.

And a close-up of my first spun yarn:

Overall a fantastic day was had by all, I met some lovely people and it was nice to put names to faces that I have only ever spoken to through Ravelry.

Here is a picture of us and the fantastic haul that we brought home 🙂


My baby

16 09 2008

Firstly, again, so sorry for the large gap between posts. My life has been getting in the way a bit, I have had a very busy month. My eldest has just started school so there has been lots of school runs, uniform labeling and stuff going on there. Here she is proudly showing off her new school uniform:

I have also been busy knitting too, I have been doing a fair few baby knits for my gorgeous great niece Chloe who was born on 8th September, what a cutie she is and I just know I will find lots of lovely things to knit for her!

I have also started my winter knitting (Yay). I bought the book Knitting New Scarves which I LOVE!

I generally hate knitting scarves as I get bored half way through but this book has the most amazing techniques, design ideas and patterns to stop boredom in its tracks. There are lots of patterns that I will knit and plenty more techniques that I would love to try. I have started my first pattern from the book, the Aria scarf (Rav link). I am really enjoying knitting this scarf so far, I am using Malabrigo Worsted in Holly Hock and Cherry tree Hill Sockittome in Jewel, held together. It kind of gives a tweedy effect which I really like:

I also have a couple of pairs of socks on the needles but I will post about them when completed, which will hopefully be soon…………………………