Thursday, 21 July 2016

Yarningham

On Saturday I visited my first fabulous fibre festival - Yarningham, brilliantly organised by stitches and hos
It was not far away, in the new community hub of Stirchley Baths, recently refurbished, with oodles of charm - I loved the tiled walls and the bright spaces!
There were plenty of exhibitors: producers, dyers and makers, from near and far!
A feast for the senses - lots to see, squidge, smell, plenty of chatting and cakes (not just of the yarn variety!) So much colour and texture I was really spoilt for choice!
There were workshops and demonstrations by the Birmingham WSD guild.
Great squeals of excitement  accompanied the arrival of two alpacas - seeing them strolling past the door in urban Brum was a surreal sight!
I did a quick browse all the way round, chatting to some of the very talented and helpful exhibitors, then made my way back to purchase some items!


 These inventive stitch markers are from Yarnistry - so bright, cheerful and very useful!


Couldn't resist some Whovian and other dainty stitch markers from Owl about Yarn

There were so many fantabulously colourful yarns and fibres, it was difficult to choose, 
but Yarn Angels are a new duo of dyers from just round the corner! 
Not only did I love their colour combos, but the names were imaginative too - I am now the proud squidger of a Bird of Paradise, 


 and neon 8os movie inspired yarn!



I was intrigued by other names in their range: Unicorn Fart, Dragons Breath, Toxic Waste, Toad of Toad Hall and Bruce Banner vs Hulk....such inventive creations and colours!








You can see more pictures of the excitement on the stitches and hos blog....
Hope there'll be another one next year....

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A pocket full of rainbows!

Recently my well loved cotton drawstring coin purse developed a hole - I'd been on the look out for a replacement for a while, and not being deft with a needle and thread, I decided to crochet one!
 It was a chance to indulge in two of my new passions!
The first: Tunisian crochet, I am well and truly hooked!
 It seems a bit out of kilter for someone who enjoys freedom from counting and form.
 However I love the way the stitches build up on the hook, then slip away, 
the rhythm and relaxation of on 
and off, 
as I'm a beginner I go slow and steady - calming and tranquil.

I was inspired and guided by the fabulous photos and instructions in Tracey's new book...
and spurred on by Valentina's love of Tunisian crochet.
I used my second passion.....
The stripes were sublime!



   I tried a woolly template (in another WYS wool)  with a drawstring, 


 but the top was a bit bulky and did not close fully.
Exploration on the internet located a flexible snap frame 
(excellent speed and service, thank you Julie!)
and with a bit of experimenting on the logistical front...


 and a dc border all around (I love inside-out seams) 
I am really happy with the result!


I have made notes of what to change to make things easier


and hope to make some more soon!


Its a joy to see the zingy rainbow, in my bag!


I just love the feel, colours and texture of the Aire Valley....and it really smells woolly!


Friday, 27 May 2016

Wood you believe it....?

....I've posted another parcel!

Another fun project found on the wonderful web!





This wiggly woody wonder is making its way to Sheffield University









All the details can be found here.





 
This started as a short foundation chain...




...I hooked 1htr in the first stitch, 2 htrs in the second, round....



...and round....



...and round until the variegated wool ran out!






I think there's about 25g wiggling around!


Looking forward to seeing other forest features and the whole hyperbolic happening!



Saturday, 21 May 2016

Daisy Daisy

I love the way one thing on the internet blossoms into another....
I recently spotted a request for daisies to help two world record attempts to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.....all the details including the pattern are here.
Ali at crazydazy was quickly hooking too and you can see her daisies and more information here.
I have just bundled these blooms into an envelope to add to the total.


The pattern is blooming quick and I love the rhythm of the pretty petals...




If any of you are around Bath on 4th of June you could join in with the fun....

Monday, 2 May 2016

Teddy Bear Puppet Appeal

Both Linda and Ali have been making teddies for OCC Barton upon Humber.
How could I resist such a cute and worthwhile stashbusting challenge?



I used variegated acrylic and did some hooking in back loops to create some texture in the body.


I also crocheted round the body rather than sewing the two parts together!
I quite like the patchwork effect - and the way that each one of the potential 15534 teddies will be completely unique, just like their recipients!


All the information can be found on Ali and Linda's posts or below!

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