Friday, August 26, 2011

Back to the Borders

Last weekend was my first visit to The Scottish Borders. This is my stall at the Edinburgh Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers Annual Gathering held in the village hall in Broughton. What a fabulous venue!

I had some lovely spindles by Enid Ashcroft, beautiful woods and great little spinners :)

My table laidened with fibre packs, spindle kits and hand knitted goodies was popular too - especially the alpaca!

On the main table I had lots of fibres for sale, all brightly coloured acid dyes and ready to spin straight from the braid.

With some lovely blends of BFL & silk and BFL & Seacell. Those little packs at the front are sock yarns in mini skeins ideal for hexi-puff blankets! More on that later...

As well as the fibre my yarns made an appearance including handspun yarns too - I hope to be doing more and more of these in the coming year. There was Super Chunky, Aran, DK, Sock and lace weights.
All in all a wonderful day and made all the better by the company of friends Agusta, Claire and Jon and by the lovely ladies of the Guild. I must go back to explore the countryside too. This coming weekend (27th August) I will be at the show in Coldstream Community Centre. As well as taking all of the above with me I have a spinning wheel to re-home. A lovely Haldane Orkney complete with 3 bobbins and having had one careful owner from new she comes with her original leaflet and bill of sale :) Why not come along and say hello I will have my youngest daughter with me this time so I'm sure she'd like to meet as many people as possible :D

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Crocheting On

Progress continues on my portable project :)
The front is finished and I'm doing a simple double crochet (dc) back with stripes of the 4 colours from the front and an additional colour from my stash. The front took almost all of the 4 balls but there's enough left for a decent stripe or two :)

The cushion cover will come out at 16" which just happens to be the size of most of my cushions - there's plan of sorts! This is my 'take along' project at the moment and for the first time in ages there are no socks on the go. These were the last socks I finished - DD1's birthday socks, Regia yarn.

Meanwhile the blanket project is too big to carry around but is growing steadily as I add a row or two each evening.
The Stylecraft Special DK is cheap and cheerful but I'm loving the colours

and it will be an easy care blanket which hopefully will keep DD1 wrapped in my love when she leaves home in October.

Well it will be once I finish, and, ... sew in the ends!