October has been one amazing month…I cannot believe it is already gone!!
I feel my feet have not touched the ground, I have been running around even more than the usual.
I went to Italy just for a couple of days at the beginning of the month because was my dad’s 84th birthday, then back home for a few days, some final touches on the new blanket ,the Fiesta, which I made for October, as an alternative kit to offer with the Eastern Jewels at the Knitting &Stitching show at the Alexandra Palace in London,
also, I made,re-made, and made again my entry for the blog tour2017..but you probably have already read the all saga in my last blog.
Now that the BLOG TOUR2017 is finished I can say it was amazing! so many projects and so much variety !!
I am so pleased you loved my Spanish moss scarf! there were so many downloads of the pattern that it crashed my blog!
I love the scarf too, I have already used a few times, hopefully, you will enjoy yours too.
So two projects for October: here they are together the FIESTA and the SPANISH MOSS SCARF.
and few more pictures from AllyPally:
a nice collage Sophie did ( I was too busy chatting and took virtually no pictures!) as few friends came and visit us on the stand, so you got Phil from https://thetwistedyarn.com/ and Sarah, https://annabooshouse.blogspot.co.uk/and Emma, http://emmavarnam.co.uk/
London was amazing, the Stylecraft team made me so welcome, I had a fabulous time, I loved every minute of it.
It was also quite ” dreamlike “too as I am not used to the attention, the compliments and general extraordinary kindness.
Been a crocheter and a blogger can be quite a solitary pursuit, You sit at home with your yarn and your laptop and you just ..crochet, write, frog, read comments, answer emails, mix more colours, make swatches…more frogging…drink endless cup of teas…it is a marvellous thing but it is also a bit of an obsession too….
I grab EVERY second I got free to do yarny things, yarn follows me everywhere it is in my handbag, it is in my drawers in the office, it is ALL OVER my craft room, I have some in the car..( just in case there is a traffic jam …) I carry some in my pockets too, my children tell their friends that, in our house, you can spot the odd skein or two in the fridge too…I always attempt to denial but, if I am entirely honest, I have to admit that “maybe” a lonely ball of mohair has occasionally made her way in the vegetable drawer..as I read somewhere that to avoid the fine hair to catch on your hook you should stick the ball in the fridge..( I have to say I m not so sure it works after all! Mohair is, cold or room temperature, still a bismal to work with a hook!!)
So back to Ally Pally…what can I say?? AMAZING ! thank you, SOO MUCH for coming to see me, and for being so kind! I loved talking to everyone that came to the stand, some chats were technical questions about the blanket, some were just general yarny chit-chat, it was great fun. I also had the privilege to meet in person some of you that have been following my blog and my facebook since day one!
So besides the huge feel-good-factor of being able to meet some of you crocheters out there, there was another bonus, as being at a show gives me an opportunity to understand better what you like, what you are interested in, how you choose a project and why.
So I came back with a lot of new ideas of what to make next, how to improve the page and the patterns and also I came back with a little present too…
In the past few months, I have been chatting online with a lovely lady called Joy which owns a shop in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, the shop is called Wool &More https://showme.co.za/plett/lifestyle/woolmore/and they are stocklists for Stylecraft but they also have a lot of amazing local yarns.
Joy was in London visiting her new grandchild and also she came to see us at Ally Pally, she was so kind and brought me a selection of beautiful South Africans yarns! I loved reading the story behind these amazing mostly artisan-like fibres, I could appreciate the passion and skill required to produce the yarn and it makes using the skeins even more special. without people like Joy and her team, it would be really difficult for these yarns to reach the end consumers so
support your local shop wherever you live and WELL DONE Wool&More!
look a beautiful array of south African yarns!
and here a picture of Joy ‘s friend Nicki and myself and in the background the VERY busy Stylecraft stand!.
I did make another scarf too , and loads of samples for the months to come, some will see the light and some others will go back at the bottom of the basket.
oh i nearly forgot…I made a bag too!!
so November here I come!
stay tuned and remember…..