Wednesday, 19 October 2011

A Short Stay in Wales

Last week we went down to stay with friends in Wales for a few days of chilling , spinning , knitting and eating.
We usually stop off in Llandudo for stroll along the sea front but this time we called in at Conway as we'd never been before.
This is the castle ( with a bit of Papa's head )
this was an old ship in the harbour.
It was very quiet in Conway. I love going to seaside resorts out of season.
this is the smallest house in Great Britain and is just on the quay side.
After our visit to Conway we drove down the B road to Annie and Tony's .
It made a nice change from hurtling along the A470.
During our stay Annie and I had a visit to Colinette  .This is a knitters paradise.
We were there ages.

Suffice to say my credit card was feeling very poorly when we came out.
It also took a beating when Annie took me to this fab little shop that had the most amazingly different clothes .
Will post pics when next I wear them.
All to soon the visit was over but it was a brill long weekend.
Now I need to get stuck back into work and get some dyeing and sewing done .

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Extra Long Blog

 Well at long last here is the extra long Blog I promised .Six weeks later but...better late than never.
Well here we are the 1st of Octobet and as I'm writing this the Sun is shining gloriously as we enjoy an Indian Summer . Wish we could have had it in August or July or June .....
I've got loads of catching up to do with you so I'll take it on a month by month basis.
July so us quite busy after a spectacular Woolfest. I was dyeing up a storm and replenishing stocks .
We went down to Bedford for the first ever FibreEast Show . What a surprise. It was only a small show but it didn't half pack a punch . We had an excellent weekend amongst very friendly people and it ended up 2nd for success surmounted only by Woolfest . We will be attending again next year .
July also saw us taking possession of our new caravan.
 Conciderably larger than our old one.
The pics don't do it justice as I couldn't get the whole of it in . I will have to take a pic when we are out with it .Because of the size it has had to go on the front garden and we have had to have the kirb lowered to get it on and off .To say it's fab is putting it mildly . It has an end bathroom so we don't have to squeeze in a cupboard size one anymore and it's got loads of little extras . A sky light in the roof , extractor fan when you're cooking , built in stereo , stainless steel sink. big fridge and loads of storage space for my knitting and spinning stuff..Unfortunately we havn't been able to go out in it since we got back from Devon because of a fault . We can never buy anything that works first time . Anyway after a lot of stamping of feet it was sorted this week .
At the end of July we had visitors from down South when DS no1 came up to stay .We managed to get everyone together and had a family teaparty .all 16 of us .My word our family is growing :0) I did take some pics but I'm blessed if I can find them on the puter.
After the sellout job at FibreEast stocks had to be replenished for FibreFest in Devon.
Unfortunately the show wasn't very good  due to bad planning and the layout of the show was far to spread out . Papa wants to give it one more go next year . We'll have to see if they have taken on board any feedback they've been given.
We had a lovely ten days in Devon though . We stayed at the site in Woodbury Salterton that we stayed on 2 years ago . It's a lovely nice quiet place with easy access . We had a few trips out to our favourite Lyme Regis and Buddleigh Salterton . If we do FibreFest next year we'll probably go there again.
September began with a visit from our friend from Wales who we hadn't seen since Wonderwool .It was lovely to see them again and we had a lovely four days eating ,chatting , walking . Annie and i went off on our own on the Sunday for a Woolly day in Harrogate visiting the Great British Wool weekend , which wasn't very great ,so we went to the patchwork show in the next pavilion. All to soon they had to go home .But we'll see them again later this month when we go down to them :0)
The rest of the month has been spent in the usual way in September making jams , pickles and gins . I have also been doing loads of knitting for Christmas . Can't post pics yet as they are surprises . I'm up to date with my A-Z sock Challenge on Ravelry i just need to put them on my projects page .
I ended the month with a long awaited trip to Manchester with my DD . Since she has become a police officer and working shifts it's been hard to sort a day out . Anyway we did it and I had a lovely day out with her . We visited the new Cath Kidston shop where i bought a few goodies
I wasn't allowed to buy anything else as DD is going to get in touch with the boys and get a collective Christmas pressie of all the bits and pieces I liked . Can't wait :0)

Now then I have two announcements to make . 
The first is I am opening and Etsy Shop
It will be opening , hopefully at the end of October as soon as I've got everything dyed/sewn/photographed.
The second announcement is I am taking part in Brownberry Yarns new sock club Legends
There are three Indie dyers  taking part . If you want to join click on the Legend link , it starts in December but subsciptions are now open. My contribution will be out in February.
All very exciting .
Right I don't think I've missed anything out so you're all caught up on my very hectic Summer .
Thank you for your patience :0)