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Yesterday my friend Sarah from knitting and I went to Yarndale, a festival of all things woolly, in the pretty little town of Skipton on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Here is the front cover of the show guide – how cute is that sheep!
Sarah is a very talented knitter, crocheter and designer and she has some beautiful patterns here on her blog Wessenden Woollies and on Ravelry. She is working on some new designs and wanted to source wool for these.
I am being very good at the moment and not buying anything else (until the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show) so just went for the chance to see some woolly loveliness.
And it was there in abundance! This is Yarndale’s second year and it is held in the animal auctions sheds in Skipton so the whole place smells of sheep and the pens are ready to welcome new visitors such as these cute alpacas who had come to model their gorgeous fleeces.
There were some old favourites there such as Oliver Twists who do such beautiful threads and some lovely new things.
One of my favourites was Susan Crawford Vintage who designs garments based on patterns from the 1920s to 1950s, published as A Stitch in Time , I do like that name :-).
As well as wool there were textile artists. Two that I particularly liked were Marmalade Rose with gorgeous felted pictures (and some fab vintage linens re-used on her blog) and Anne Brooke with stunning stitched textile pieces.
There were also very original display ideas on the stalls and this was one of my favourites.
I think it is an old printer’s drawer but thought something like this would be an excellent decoration for my craft room, loved all the little balls of wool and buttons!
The hall was decorated with strings of bunting made for last year’s Yarndale and over 1000 mandalas made for this year’s event by readers of Lucy’s Attic 24 blog. They had been sent from 48 different countries after she asked for help from her bloggy friends – don’t you just love the power of the internet!
These were a few of the ones laid out on the table for closer inspection, love the sheep buttons on that top one and the bike charms (you may remember Yorkshire hosted the start of the Tour de France earlier this summer).
There was also a display of crochet flowers.
Speaking of buttons I was very good and all I bought at the event were these few buttons. I am using them for more of my flower brooches and made this denim one last night.
Earlier on in the week I ordered some very similar buttons from a supplier I found on Ebay (was looking for holly buttons but got distracted!). They are from Bluebell Craft Supplies and were very good value as there are 80 small 15mm buttons in a packet for £1.69 plus postage.
Also bought some Christmas ones – these have got some very cute vintage designs on them.
Have found a supplier of the larger ones on Ebay at Willow Tree Mill as well so might be tempted to go back for more (only once I have used all these up though!)
I also signed up for a subscription to Simply Crochet, as well as improving my quilting this year I would like to learn to crochet as keep seeing wonderful things that I want to make (got to have something to keep me busy over the off-season apart from work and kit making!)
Since I have had a very busy first week of term and it is a dull day I am going to stay snuggled under my fleecy blanket and make more brooches and Xmas ornaments today.
Don’t forget to like my last post for the giveaway to celebrate 400 posts (thanks to all of you who have already done so) I will be choosing the winner next Sunday. Hope you have had a nice week whatever you have been doing and thanks for visiting.
I am getting ready for the last event of the season at Hampton Court Castle (not the palace!). This will be the battle of Mortimer’s Cross and is a War of the Roses event that I have not done before. It looks like a beautiful venue so have camera at the ready!
I have knitted some booties this week for my friend’s baby as I thought it might be a little chilly camping. Maria has been re-enacting with her parents all season and been a brilliant baby. She has a little linen outfit to wear so I thought the colour would be good with that.
They are knitted with Sublime wool using a pattern that is 24 years old! When I was pregnant with Ellie I knitted some bootie and hat sets to go with her outfits. I really like the pattern as it is very straightforward to knit and the wool is very soft.
Teaching starts again next week, can’t believe summer has gone so fast, have had a brilliant time. Looking forward to all my autumn crafting though. Have lots of lovely things planned both on my own and with friends.
Take care and thanks for visiting.
Well it looks like summer is over here in Yorkshire but that is ok.
There is nothing quite as delicious as the prospect of a weekend where you have nothing to do except create so I will watch the rain from the comfort of my sofa and make Christmas ornaments while watching DVDs … it is a hard life sometimes ;-)
I have been doing some research on patchwork ornaments as I need a new design for this year’s friends and family gifts and came across this very useful web site last night with links to all sorts of lovely stuff – the site is called Pinwheel Ponder .
I also wanted to show you my latest creation, I am temporarily moving away from knitted animals to make some more Xmas stockings but this is one that I have just made for a friend from re-enactment.
I have called him Hannibal after the famous story of Hannibal and his elephants as their route took them just past where my Mum lives in Spain!
I knitted a jumper out of wool that is meant to look like maille and gave him maille legs as well and made a little linen surcoat with my friend’s heraldry on. I also did some laces on his boots.
I like the way his legs are shiny in this photo :-)
It was the first jumper and boy’s feet I have knitted and as always Julie’s pattern was very easy to follow.
Hope that you have a lovely weekend and week ahead and thanks for visiting.
Just a quick post to show you the second of my Little Cotton Rabbits knitted elephants.
Meet Bonnie – short for Bonita as she was completed in Spain which is why she is posing among the bougainvilleas at my house. She has been sent to live with Becky, Ellie’s best friend from University, who loves elephants.
Am now on with the third elephant – have done 9 bunnies so far – I love knitting these just as much as people like receiving them!
Thanks for visiting.
I am very excited to have just finished the first of many of Julie’s fabulous elephants, available from her web site along with all the bunnies and the fox pattern (will have to knit one of those next).
She is a very lucky girl as she has 3 pretty dresses and the cutest little tail.
Eva has gone to live with my cousin’s daughter where she will meet up with my first ever bunny Florence who is very much loved by her elder sister so hopefully they can play together.
Now on to my second elephant – one day I might knit something else but these are too cute to stop!
Thanks for visiting.
Hope you are all well and happy. I am having a lovely time, having just got back from our week away of National Trust properties. More of that to come, saw some fab stuff as always and had a great time with my very brilliant friend Kerry.
I am very lucky to have someone who I have so much in common with, we have had a wonderful week of camping, mini pyjama parties in the Travelodges and seeing some beautiful stuff.
We started our trip with the Templecombe Medieval Pageant – way down South in a very lovely little village in Somerset. The eight hour journey was worth it as the event was excellent. I have not been to this one for 10 years but will be going again.
The sun shone all weekend (a miracle) and our water and cold flannels were much appreciated by the boys on the field.
For this event there is a mini fort that the boys attack and defend, we were inside on Saturday and outside on Sunday and it was great fun hiding behind the walls listening to the guys with the battering ram trying to get in.
Cooling the boys down before the battle.
Waiting inside the fort.
The battering ram.
At the end of the battle – me in the blue dress looking for survivors!
All these photos are courtesy of the brilliant Pat Patrick who comes along to events and takes so many lovely shots. It is great to have a record of the events like this and we all really appreciate it.
I also got to meet Maria, my friend Kat from re-enactment’s, beautiful new baby and give her this bunny – who I have named Lavender.
I did some finishing while I was away and am very excited to have made my first elephant – again from Little Cotton Rabbits. Photos of her to follow.
Thanks for visiting and see you soon.
The title of this blog post needs to be sung really as I am doing in my head, another wet Saturday here in Yorkshire, pity as it was so lovely earlier in the week and I was planning a little jaunt. However more time for blogging, knitting and baking :-)
This is a catch up post really (on the grounds that there are no finishes to show at present) and I have been meaning to post a couple of things for a while.
Firstly my very talented friend Helen (she of the quilts) is also making other things including these cute bunnies just in time for Easter.
She will have some for sale through her Etsy shop at some point for £6.50 but if you are interested please go and visit her at the new blog she has.
And I have been meaning to post some pics of Ellie as a bridesmaid at her friend’s wedding. I just got the disc from her so here she is looking very lovely.
The baby in the photo is the friend’s little daughter Lizzie who I made a bridesmaid bunny for, you can see the bunny on one of the present tables in the last picture.
There will be no blogging for the next couple of weeks as we are off on holiday ;-)
My lovely Mum will be here next weekend (it is her birthday on Friday) and then we are off to Bavaria (or Bearvaria as Jake keeps calling it – think he is expecting to see some bears) for a week of visiting medieval towns and castles. Very much looking forward to it and as usual will take lots of photos!
See you soon, thanks as always for visiting.
Hello and happy Mother’s Day for all of you in the UK. I have (virtually) met lots of brilliant, creative and dedicated Mums through blogging and I hope that you have all been thoroughly spoilt today.
Here we have a double celebration as my little baby Ellie is 23 today! Seems impossible but time is flying by.
I made her a special cake – which we had at breakfast as she had to leave this afternoon!
She is very happy at the moment as she has not only passed her driving test (second time around with only 1 fault) but has also this week bought a car :-)
She is practising at the moment but she is planning to drive to some of the events this year with me so that will be very exciting! She has also had a year’s extension on her contract so all is good :-)
Here is the car – it is called Kim after its number plate! Can’t wait to have some fun trips to re-enactment in it.
I had some great presents and flowers from the kids including these very pretty button jars that Ellie made for me – perfect in my newly sorted craft room and loads of gorgeous buttons for embellishments!
While we were having our sewing weekend a few weeks ago she was sorting some of the stuff that she left here and came across this pump bag that I made her while she was at school. This was the name band that I stitched for her.
She must have been about 8 when I made it. A that time I was doing a lot of cross stitch and made lots of cards using little motifs like these.
There has also been another bunny from the production line, this one is Isabella and she will be going to live with a friend from re-enactments new-born baby daughter.
Am very happy at the moment as it is nearly the start of the re-enactment season, I am going on holiday very soon with Mum and the kids to Bavaria and the clocks have gone forward so there will be lighter evenings! Hurrah for Spring and Summer to follow… lovely!
Hope you have had a happy day, take care and thanks for visiting.
Hello everyone and Happy International Women’s Day. I would just like to take a moment to thank all those wonderful, inspirational women whose blogs I read for sharing their lives, their creativity and making women’s work in all respects valued.
Like many women my age I grew up in an era where craft, particularly women’s craft was not seen as really relevant to the modern world.
I had a very traditional single sex education and learnt to cook and sew but never really valued those skills though I have always enjoyed both.
It is lovely to see those things now on mainstream TV (though more is needed – dedicated sewing, quilting, knitting and embroidery channel I say!) and to see many women setting up their own businesses online selling their items and their patterns and sharing their passion for craft.
One woman I think deserves a particular mention (though there are so many brilliant people out there) is Julie from Little Cotton Rabbits who is a wonderful creative crafter and a fab mother and has shared her work with so many people and brightens everyone’s day.
Knitting her bunnies keeps me sane and shares her love and I have two of my latest creations to show you.
Here are Daisy and Sophie – don’t they look cute together, Sophie in the pink looks like she is a very loving older friend to little Daisy.
Daisy is for my sister-in-law as a birthday gift and is my first go at stripy legs and Sophie will be a present for a friend’s newborn great -niece.These are my fifth and sixth bunnies and I have more to come!
But as well as those I have been making a hat on request for my sister-in-law, the grey one is the one she originally bought and she gave me the multi-coloured wool to create a version of it.
This meant my first foray into knitting without a pre-set pattern but I was aided by my friends at knitting group in working out what to do.
I was in my local craft shop (shh don’t tell but I did buy a little tiny bit of stuff for a project I am working on) and was talking to the lovely lady serving me about the Great British Sewing Bee and she told me of a really good blog that she had found that gives advice on techniques used in the episodes.
It is called Little Black Duck Blog and is run by a mum called Victoria and it is going straight into my favourites!
This is the link to Episode 3 about working with stretch fabrics and she has advice and links to all sorts of fab tutorials for different techniques as well as other general sewing tips.
I have a few other projects in the pipeline that I hope to be able to share soon and am enjoying some sunny blue skies here in Yorkshire (among the showers!)
Take care and thank you as always for visiting.
I know I may have said a few things recently about how I wasn’t going to buy any more yarn or fabric as I already have enough and the craft room really needs sorting out as I have run out of storage so there are bags everywhere.
BUT when you see really lovely yarn and it is very cheap (2 Euros a ball which is about £1.70) and it would knit up wonderfully and there is a beautiful grey for more cute bunnies and some pretty colours for dresses as well then you just have to don’t you?
So I did and here is my lovely new stash!
It is a very silky yarn – it is a double-knit but quite thin so the new bunnies are going to be smaller but it knits up really nicely, there is a slight sheen to it and it is very easy to work with.
I have finally tried a bunny with striped tights, this is one for my sister-in-law for her birthday and she likes funky colours so I thought I would go brighter with this one.The picture below shows the body and ears.
Oh and I got some fab new slippers while in Spain – I love Sully from Monsters Inc and they had these in the Primark in Elche, sadly only in children’s sizes but I managed to squeeze into a size 5.
Am back in the swing of things again after what seems like a very long break from work :-) Can’t believe it is nearly the end of Jan already.
Was thinking back to this time last year when we had lots of snow – so far we have just had a bit of wet and windy but the spring bulbs are starting come up in my garden so hopefully we are on our way to warmer weather (leaving the house in the mornings in daylight would be nice!)
Hope you are enjoying yourselves whatever you are doing and thanks for visiting.