As usual, I am always the last one writing, all the other bloggers have uploaded their take on the weekend, and Kathryn (http://www.crafternoontreats.com) has also uploaded a podcast which is very good and informative and I would highly recommend it.
Here are the links to the other Blogstars if you want to listen or read more:
What did I bring back home from the weekend? (besides a big bag full of new yarns and colors to try of course!)
I think I brought back quite a few things that slowly have decanted down after the excitement of the weekend.
The pictures are not mine they are a few of Helens http://www.theknittingexploitsofjosiekitten.blogspot.co.uk and Sofie http://www.Stylecraft-yarns.co.uk) uploaded on our chatroom and I’m so glad they were taken because I was far too busy chatting and doing things! Helen and Sophie did capture beautifully what for me was the spirit of the weekend.
You see colors, a table full of yarn, lots of sample garments, coffee, a beautiful sunny room with brick walls and a high ceiling and some very happy, busy, crafty ladies!
If you can get a feeling for this atmosphere, it is because that is what we all got in common not only us at the weekend but all of you out there that read our blogs and follow our yarn and other stories online. We all love making things.
I didn’t know what to expect for my first meeting, I knew the bloggers, as you do, by reading their stories online, or having briefly met them at shows like Yarndale or the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I was really looking forward to the weekend, but I also had a certain degree of apprehension being the last to have joined the group. The apprehension went out of the window in 2 seconds! As they couldn’t have made me more welcome, it felt like catching up with some old friends.
So if I could summarize what I liked most of the weekend I would say sitting together chatting about not only crochet related issues, but also the quotidian, lots of little windows opened on ordinary lives, with family, work, pets, hobbies, travel, food, likes and dislikes. You name it.
Then I had a Eureka moment as I found out that the main reason why I like making things, and talking about it, it is because I love the social side of it.
A sort of déjà vu moment where I remembered when I was a little girl under the fig tree with my grandmothers and their friends. It is hard not to see a common theme: friendship. That doesn’t matter where you are, or what language you speak; all that matter is that you take TIME to make something and been creative. It is a bit like being an artist or a poet or a musician, you make things that make you happy and also creating things that make others happy because they understand what you are doing and why you are doing it.
That applies to many of the bloggers and also to the ladies that look after the archive of the knitting and crochet guild which, some of us visited on Friday afternoon. It was a warehouse-like building which sat unassumingly in a back street in Scholes, near Huddersfield, in Yorkshire. I wish I had taken a picture of the door because I had to bend down ( and I m not a giant ..) to get in and there I was in Aladdin’s cave!!!
There I was, amidst rows upon rows of shelves with boxes. Each box with details of the contents. The most amazing collection of EVERY single pattern ever published for both knitting and crochet, and also yarn samples and lots of crochet and knitted items. All of which I wish I could’ve examined and enjoyed for hours and hours.
I have been a member of the knitting and crochet guild for few months, but I had no concept of the amazing work that these ladies, which are all volunteers, do to preserve this extraordinary archive of creativity and also to promote the craft!
For a very small fee you can support them and become a member it makes a huge difference to their work, so please have a look at their page:
One of the things I liked most is that the work of cataloging the items and the patterns it is also a research of the origin of the items and the story behind them. Who made it, when, where and why. How amazing is that?
Well, that is a snippet of my visit, I m sure I will think of something I forgot and write some more as it comes back to me. Hope you are all having a lovely week,