In my opinion this was the most congenial group ever. There was a substantial contingent of Golders Green knitters as well as old friends from previous years, friends such as Natalie that I don't get to see in person as much as I would like and people I have never met before, all bonded by our love of the fibre arts. Visit Natalie's blog for some lovely photos of the hostel.
Unfortunately, Laura and I arrived late on Friday evening, missing some interesting sessions on Koolaid dying, modular knitting and colour theory but soon settled in to the sharing and companionable knitting.
Saturday morning dawned and the coach took us off on our woolly expedition. First stop,Coldspring Mills. This is a spectacularly located treasure trove which is half camping shop and half yarn emporium stocking a wide range of discounted yarns and mill ends. I indulged reasonably modestly...
First, 240g of Noro Kureyon. This will be split with Sue from Golders Green knitters so that we can make felted tea cosies!
Next, some Aruacana Nature Cotton and some Craft Cotton for facecloths and dishcloths respectively.
My major purchase at Coldspring was 900g of purple Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool which at half price was too good a bargain to resist.This will become a nice drapy spring, autumn jumper with plenty left for a shawl.
More shopping reports to follow!The long journey gave plenty of opportunity for knitting so as I was navigating simple sock work was the order of the day! The Pretty in Pink socks are finished. I used nearly every scrap of the Apple Pie yarn so they are very long and cosy.
I have also managed to make good progress on the Moroccan Carpet socks which I am enjoying more and more.It is a strange stitch pattern which makes a fabric with a very interesting texture. I am thinking about writing up the pattern. What do you think?
As you can see, there is a vacancy for 'Very Tricky' in The System.I am currently holding auditions for suitable patterns...
Finally, I have something to show you that some may find disturbing...
My first finished crochet project. Thanks to Julie for her time, yarn and hook, we turned a couple of hours at the back of a very bouncy coach into an impromptu crochet classroom. My first project is a blanket for a premature baby, the Skipnorth charity for this year. I'm quite unreasonably proud of it.
I see more crochet in my future!