Monday, 25 January 2010

Spinning in Bristol

I have had a fab weekend at my sister's in Bristol. We decided to get together and have a crafting day.

My sister's friend Liz brought her spinning wheel as she wanted a few hints and tips on how to improve her spinning and we had a wonderful time playing with wool. We discovered that her wheel has an integral 'Lazy Kate' - how exciting!!

As you can see from the pictures; collectively we knitted, crocheted, peg loomed, spun and sewed, as well as ate cake, drank tea and consumed a fair amount of chocolate. We finished the day with a japanese take-away. Perfect!

And finally just a couple of pictures from my "Guess what I was?" range. Go on have a guess what do you think these two items started life as?

Don't forget to have a look our workshops and let us know if there is something you would like to do which isn't being advertised yet. X

Monday, 18 January 2010

Life starts again.

The snow has gone and life had got going again at full speed ahead.

Business first: The learning to pegloom workshop on the 6th March has had to be changed from St. Peters Church Hall to the Methodist Church, but all other details remain the same, including the time (2-4pm.)

I have started making for February's craft Fair, where you will find our stall in the town hall, Brackley on the 20th Feb. February to me is still winter and we need warm things to cosy up to. With that in mind I have been working up a few pairs of 'Lotte' mittens. Warm and cosy, but keep your fingers free for what ever they need to be doing (knitting, texting, eating etc)

These will be available both as finished items and as a kit.

I have been spinning variagated yarns, as I think these gloves look best in an interesting yarn.

I fell in love with those lovely blues, and there wasn't quite enough for a pair of mittens , so this is what I made:

Just for me. Pattern is called Urchin and found on Ravelry. But not allowed to make these for sale. So it's a one off! More spinning has been done for the gloves though.
I am also planning a range of recycled items, but more about that next week.

Don't forget it is Brackley Knit'n'Knatter at the Greyhound in Brackley on Thursday from about 7.30.

Keep on crafting. X

Monday, 11 January 2010

Happy New Year

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope you are enjoying the snow!

We had a very busy run up to Christmas and met so many lovely people in the process. We were at Magdalen School Christmas Fair, which was buzzing with Christmas shoppers. It was our first time there, but I think it will be an annual event in our diary. I for one did most of my Christmas shopping there, as there were so many lovely stalls.! If you didn't go - look out for it next year.

We were also at the Brackley Craft Fair in the town hall, which was unusually busy and we meet many crafty folk of Brackley. The time there flew with chatting to people and enjoying the vibe, but I think the highlight of December was the Victorian Christmas Fair in the Courtyard. We set up in the snow and frost, but the sun shone and lots of people came for a chat and to see all the great things going on. We stayed there until about 4pm, when the sun dipped below the buildings and it started really getting cold. It was such a lovely day and a real demonstration of what a great community Brackley is becoming.

Well, enough of looking back and lets look forward to an exciting 2010. We have already got three workshops organised and we are having our first crafty get together tonight at Rachael's house on Hill Street.

The workshops are as follows:
Knit your own socks: 6 Feb/27 Feb/ 13 Feb, 3-5 pm, £3, The Courtyard Coffee House, Brackley
Learn to Pegloom: 6 Mar, 2-4 pm, £5, St Peter's Church Hall, Brackley
Easter Family Crafts: 27th Mar , 2-4pm, £5, St Peter's Church Hall, Brackley

For further details please see the links under our new 'Pin Money Workshops' section. If you would like to come to a workshop, please download a booking form and send it back to me with payment. If you are able please feel free to print out a poster and display it, and/or give a leaflet to your neighbour or friend. Word of mouth is really powerful!

I hope to see you at one of our events in the near future. Please do keep checking back to the blog, where I will be posting information about all our events and where to find us next.

Keep on crafting! X