My intention to blog at least every few days has fallen by the wayside during what has been an otherwise very productive week.
I’ve made almost all of the granny hexagons I’ll need to make up the birthday present for one of my three nieces. It’s going to be a waistcoat (a gilet or vest to those over the pond) worked in DK acrylic (mostly in Stylecraft plus whatever was hanging about in my stash). I’ve gone for cool greens and blues with a little splash of purple, which I tend to think of as a mermaid/peacock colour scheme.
I hope my niece likes it. At seven going on eight she already has a keen eye for fashion and doesn’t hold back when giving her opinion. I’ve been wearing a lot of light cotton sundresses in the recent heat wave, and twice the little madam has looked at me and said “You’re not going out dressed like that, are you?” I’ve come to the conclusion that it is the sight of my knees that she finds so scandalous. Apparently women over thirty aren’t supposed to have them.
I’ve also been making more granny square coasters in new colorways. Some of my new favourites are pink and orange, which remind me of the Fruit Salad chewy sweeties I liked as a kid; and the orange and green, which reminds my of Aquaman’s costume!
Yes, I know my geek is showing, but I don’t care!
I’ve also been experimenting to find the best designs for soap saver bags and wash mitts. Etsy is already totally awash with these items (pun intended) but I wanted something simple and colourful, not too fiddly or rustic looking. I love working with Red Heart’s Miami yarn, and it mixes well with some of the other 4 ply cotton I have in my stash. When I have cracked it I’ll post pictures, but it’s still in the Monet stage at the moment: beautiful from a distance, but all blobby when you see it close up!
Sunday was Fibre East, a convention/exhibition/marketplace/festival designed to “benefit a specific community: individuals and small businesses working with wool and other natural fibres sourced in the UK, as well as the farmers who produce those fibres.” That’s a direct quote lifted from their website http://www.fibre-east.co.uk because it is such a big, multifaceted event that it’s difficult to describe! At a push I’d say it’s a wholesome orgee of wool, yarn, knitters, spinners, weavers and felters celebrating the love of their crafts and stocking up on the things that are difficult to source outside such an event. Crochet was underrepresented as knitting seemed to be the predominant craft, but I still managed to find more than enough to keep me busy, and I found a Pro-Knit crochet hook, which I now love!
I went to Fibre East with my mum (knitter and occasional crocheter) and my younger sister Katie (spinner, weaver and knitter extraordinaire). Katie is a member of a spinners and weavers’ Guild and is an old hand at these events, but my mum and I were attending for the first time (although mum has been to similar events). We all had an absolute ball, spending far too much and struggling to get our purchases back to the car without dropping anything. Definitely not an event for the men folk. Best to pay cash and eat the receipts so there is no proof of how much you’ve spent.
I was really taken with the wet felting demo in the Guild exhibition tent, which is why I bought so many wool tops, but I also bought a 50 cm wide peg loom, so I might use them with that too!
So many crafts, so little time… sigh.