The Summer Pick 'n' Mix is now with Natalie so everyone who signed up for it at Woolfest should be getting it e-mailed to them as a .pdf file very soon.I do hope that you enjoy knitting them.
You won't be surprised either that I wasn't able to come away from the Yarn Yard stall without a little bit of sock yarn. The top skein is a merino tencel in a lovely almost semi solid of dark and lighter brownish pinks. Next we have three mini skeins which I can use for future colour work projects. I'm a bit short of Yarn Yard neutrals because I think Natalie's real passion is for vibrant colour - like the skein at the bottom. The photo doesn't really do it justice as it's a sort of orange over yellow to give a sort of shimmery, shot silk effect. I definitely think we should have more yarn done this way (hint, hint, Natalie!) I'm sure it will be particularly good for showing off texture in a lace or twisted stitch pattern.
I wasn't entirely monogamous in my sock yarn buying, however. How could I resist these beautiful semi solid Blue Faced Leicester and nylon skeins at a bargain price of £24 for the three from Knitwitches?
I was also seduced by these books from Felicity J Warne who has an amazing collection textile and costume books.
The first is about spinning for sock knitting. Nothing like combining my two passions. The second is a fascinating history of socks and stockings which Laura and I fell on with great enthusiasm, reading chunks of it at each other and waving around ever more bizarre examples of extravagant ancient stockings. Made my socks look positively pedestrian.
You can book up for a Quick and Dirty Summertime Special introduction to sock knitting or a Midsummer Masterclass hosted by the charming Alice of Socktopus. Details are here. Alice promises us cake. Incidentally, she is also hosting spinning and toe up sock knitting classes by the multi talented Diane Mullholland too so book up quickly before places are all gone.
I will also be teaching at Iknit and Loop soon so keep an eye on their websites for more details. It would be lovely to see you.