Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Wonderwool Wales

Wonderwool was amazing this year, it's one of my favourite shows - the people are lovely, the venue is clean and spacious which means even if it's busy (and it really was!) it's not uncomfortable, everyone has plenty of space to breathe and take in all the woolly goodness.

I was selling books on the Fyberspates stand. Jeni brought this rather magnificent Sock Peacock for me to display the samples from the book on:


He was made by a company in the US and is now discontinued but she was lovely enough to let him come home with me, if you see me out and about in the future you'll probably see him!

I spent the weekend in front of this wall of wonderful yarn:


And inevitably some came home with me....


This is Twizzle 4ply, it's a single which is dyed in lovely intense colours, mine will become socks but it would also make really lovely shawls.

The stand opposite was Felt Studio UK and on Saturday I saw Danielle braiding something beautiful:


It turned out to be baby camel and silk and feels like clouds so that come to live at my house too.

My final purchase was from Eden Cottage, some lovely BFL sock yarn in Hazel and Steel:


The Willowherb & Saltburn KAL is going strong, lots of lovely yarns have been chosen - I've knitted a cuff so far, I'll be back to show you shortly...

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Lets talk about Lauren

If you watched the Great British Sewing Bee you'll know all about Lauren, she was a brilliant contestant and she's just opened a haberdashery in Birmingham - Guthrie Ghani. The shop is beautiful, lovely products, huge windows and lots of space, I went on Friday night for drinks and nibbles before the big launch on Saturday (which was a massive success, there were queues to get in)

They have yarn:


And lovely fabric:


Pretty shop fittings:


You can even buy a copy of the Sewing Bee book (and I'm sure Lauren would sign it for you)


Next Thursday 9th May I will be there for my book launch, I'd love for you to come along, see the socks in the book and chat to me! You can buy a book on the night, I'll sign it if you want me to, much fun will be had by all!

I'm also teaching two workshops in the lovely workshop space upstairs:

Beginners Sock Workshop at Guthrie Ghani 14th May

Advanced Sock Workshop at Guthrie Ghani 2nd July

If you want to try knitting socks but you don't know where to start or you'd like to learn a few more sock knitting techniques, these workshops are for you.