The Rheged Knit and Stitch show was on today and I went along with a friend and her daughter. Although it was quite a small event with about 35 stalls it was very enjoyable and I got to have a good look at all the stalls and more importantly got have have a good natter with lots of the stallholders :)
The first one I came to was The wool clip. The shop is not too far away from me but it is a place I still have to visit! The lady I chatted with there was lovely and later in the day whilst Liz and C were squishing and purchasing I spent a pleasant half hour or so sitting watching one of the team spinning..They do make it look so easy :)
The next stall was The Natural Born Dyers what a great couple and very informative and sharing of their knowledge and it was clear they have a passion for their work :) Some gorgeous yarn in a range of beautiful colours and a demonstration of the use of a spurtle!
Since I took up crochet again the interest I have in yarn has grown and now hand dyeing wool, weaving, felting, and even spinning are all appealing:) I had a chat with Ellie Langley at her beautiful stall. Sadly a picture I took didn't come out at all well..Her felt items are made from local wools mostly from her own sheep that are kept purely for fleeces. A feast for the eyes her stall was contemporary and I loved her style and the subtle, natural colours. I would love to attend one of her workshops!
Oh there were so many other stall holders and I enjoyed visiting them all... squishing and chatting, with a detour for coffee and food..A mixed review on that...Nice coffee but a very overdone burrtio..The beef filling was delicious but what a job I had cutting through the rock hard tortilla. The thought occurred for me to return it and had the filling being awful too I probably would have done but they were very busy and I thought that the time taken to choose something else and wait for it wasn't worth it...
Then back we went into the fray for more :))
I have seen the double pointed knitting needles and I know Hannah from Homebaked and The Knit who held a workshop at last years Yarndale on dpns ..I didn't attend the workshop but I had a vague idea of how they were used. However I wasn't really sure..So I asked at Skybluepink designs and had a very informative chat about the use of double pointed needles with the wire between. It now makes sense and can see how easy it could be to knit like that! I have tried to knit in the last few years and have managed some fabulous blankets for the Monster high dolls :) However it really hurt and I ached a lot afterwards. Crochet doesn't have the same effect ( unless I overdo it ) but I think it would be worth having a go with these shorter knitting needles at some time in the future...Errmm... might have to be in a year or so after all the other plans I have for crochet kits and such;))
Another thing I remembered today was how much I enjoyed weaving on my little loom when I was a youngster. I had completely forgotten but the sight of a small loom today brought the memories flooding back! I saw Jane Flanagan tucked away in a corner working away on her loom. She was lovely and we had a chat about her portable fold-able loom and what could be done on it ...That is definitely a skill I would be happy to explore :)
Liz and C had just as much fun at various stalls and C was a little star..she love her yarn :)) A nice event that provided me with some great information and some very useful ideas for how I would like my stall to look and what I would like to stock it with...If it runs again next year it might be one of the venues I attend..Start small, gain experience, fine tune things and then who knows..a stall at Wolfest or Yarndale could be on the cards the following year :) Although that would be an amazing amount of work and would take some careful planning ( health wise ) before and after it would be doable with lots of help and a fair wind ;)
I think I have given you plenty of links to visit to give you a flavour of the day :) Hope you enjoy it :)
We got back home to have a meal together and then they headed home and I headed into a hot bath!
C left me with a little crochet gift <3
A good day with loads of new information on new skills to learn and lots to think about for the future...