Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Woolfest - here I come, ready or not!

First of all, a very big thank you to everyone who has made such kind comments about the new sock pattern. Whilst we are launching it at Woolfest it will, of course be available afterwards to people who aren't as lucky as us to be spending the weekend knee deep in mud and sheep!

As usual, its nearly midnight, I'm leaving for Cumbria in the morning and I still haven't got my bags together. There has been so much to do, putting the finishing touches to the pattern, making sure my garden will be OK without me, dealing with the inevitable screaming crises that routinely precede any of my absences from work. And you wonder why I knit...

And I have been knitting. You will be, I am sure, amazed and impressed that some Pick 'n' Mix singletons are happily coupled.

The hot pink and orange Little Arrows;

The muted pink and green Bargellos,


and my favourites, the fresh, summery haystacks in cool art deco colours.
It was all going so well - then I just had to try one more colour combination. They're addictive, I tell you...
Now my wheel and I are reunited we've been working very well together. Now if I was the suspicious type, as well as someone who anthropomorphised inanimate objects I would say that my wheel has cottoned on to the possibility that I might be looking at Other Wheels at Woolfest and is on its very best behaviour.

I have now spun and set both one skein of the Menthe and the Victoria Plum to a reasonably consistent DK weight. I wound the skeins together to get an idea of how they would work together.

And here they are.

Not bad eh? One of the most gratifying things was that, despite having a few yards left on the bobbin after plying both yarns, when I calculated my yardage I found that I have 170 yards of the Plum and 166 yards of the Menthe. I was really chuffed.
And here's the arty shot.

As I may have mentioned,I'm off to Woolfest tomorrow and will be there for both days. I'm volunteering on the Knitting and Crochet Guild stand for some of the time and am sure that I will be lurking around the Yarn Yard stand at some point too so please come and say hello. You might also find me hanging around the spinning wheel stands with a glazed expression on my face.

Just don't tell my Ashford.

12 comments:

RooKnits said...

Have a wonderful time!

Sarah said...

The idea of the pic n mix socks is a really fab one.

Beautiful yarn you spun there, and have a lovely time at Woolfest.

sussexyorkie said...

What lovely handspun and socks, can't wait for the pattern. Have a good timein Cumbria.

Queen of the froggers said...

Have a lovely time, shame I can't come. I like the spinning very much.

LittleBerry said...

Hope you have a great time... any particular spinning wheel stand you'll be hazy eyed over?

TutleyMutley said...

Looking at 'other wheels'? You flirt you. (have a flirt for me!)
Do have a wonderful time at woolfest and wish I was there too.
You are such a prolific knitter/spinner: drools over keyboard.

Mandella said...

Not bad indeed!

Have a great time at Woolfest. Remember it is your responsibility to shop vicariously for those of us who won't be there.

Anni said...

Have fun at Woolfest. I'm hoping to go next year. I may even book a stall.

Libby said...

I love the pick n mix socks and the name reminds me of visits to Woolworths as a kid or trips to the cinema. The colours are lovely like those bracelets/watches made of sweets.

ambermoggie said...

lovely to meet you at Woolfest:)

Knitting printer said...

I hope you had a lovely time at Woolfest, where I imagine you had a great reception for your socks. The bargello-stitch is particularly lovely & the spun yarn, divine.
(thanks for your comment on "Nantucket", by the way).

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