Thursday, 13 May 2010

Joy oh joy

Meet my latest toy:

Spins like a dream and I am unreasonably excited. So I spun up the last of the dyed roving and the rest of the silk.

I also felt the need to paint my toe-nails in preparation for a grown up girly weekend away with my mum and sister. Ofcourse my knitting will coming too, two full hours of uninterupted each way on the train. :-)

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

and so to PubCraft night

Lots of lovely people came to join us in the Red Lion Pub in Brackley on Monday night. I enjoyed a G&T and a chat about spinning, knitting and lace making. Sue brought her lace making cushion along and got Trish started. Utterly facinating.

And then it hailed...

The Pin Money Craft Co-operative took our new gazebo up to Hatton Locks near Warwick on bank holiday Monday to take part in Mayday fun! There was Bob with his wooden chairs and mushroom and roumours of live music.

We set up and I even managed some spinning in the sun (lovely) and then...... it started raining and blowing a gale and then... HAIL!!!

We huddled for a while and got random strangers to help hold down the gazebo, but we were fighting a lost battle, so packed up and headed for home.

Rachael and I were in need of a pint by the canal, and went in search of 'The Cape of Good Hope' pub. It turns out that it is a very difficult pub to find, infact we ended up abandoning the car and walking along the canal. Still a well deserved pint was enjoyed in the sunshine in the end.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Summer is a-coming

Firstly apologies for the long 'radio' silience. I will try and do better! (I am sure that has been said before)

We have finally had some sunshine and things are growing again. I have lots of seeds on the windowsills and have been tentatively been doing some planting on the allotment. Can this be described as outdoor crafting? After all it takes (some) skill, patience and hard work to grow food to put on the table.

I have knitted Penny a jumper with Sirdar Nomad, I don't normally like to knit with a boucle yarn, but it did knit up quickly and looks nice.

(picture to come when camera has stopped playing up!)

I have also finished spinning the silk from the Ally Pally show way back when. I am going to navajo ply it later today. The Pin Money Craft C0-operative are having a craft fair at Hatton locks tomorrow and I am taking the wheel to do a spinning demonstration. I wanted to spin up the bits of Jacob from last year that I died to see what they look like. Also wanting to get all of lasts years fleece used up before new supplies arrive early next month.

Am currently knitting a jumper for my Aunt Jo-Jo in gorgeous Sublime yarn. It is a cashmere merino and silk mix and is very soft and yummy. Nearly finished the back so getting there!

Seems cold again today, so I am looking forward to lighting the fire and getting the spinning wheel going!