April 27, 2009

Torn muscle:( shawls and yarn plea

Well it is official I've torn a muscle under my rib. That would explain the pain then. I've to take strong painkillers to dull it, apply heat and wait for it to go. Joy joy joy.
It is quite fun to see when I need to cough or laugh, I have to hold the sore part so it doesn't tear more. Can you visualise the arthritic me suddenly stopping , trying to grab my side while still holding on to the crutches just to enable me to cough? I get some mighty funny looks, especially as it is accompanied with various groans and cries:))
Ah well knitting beckons so would you like to see the current work in progress? This is filatura crosa mohair together with iridescent rayon/wool/glitter mix

What do you think? I've got some beautiful beads to trim the edge with.
I also mentioned yesterday that I'd managed to purchase some fancy cones from Uppingham yarns to add to mohair for more shawls. Here they are. I love the colour and the glitter and they are really soft.
I've almost finished the next shawl, I am halfway round the border as you can see.

This one is a third of the way round the border but I've run out of the yarn:( Stupid I know but I hadn't realised how much the border would take.

This is the yarn I'm running short on, does anyone have anything similar please? Even 50gm would help. It is mohair possibly similar to Colinette in thickness.

Thank you

April 26, 2009

Wonderwool part3 gifts plus purchases

We are getting there, this is the final part of my Wonderwool experience.
I met so many online friends while at wonderwool, too many to mention them all by name. One of them brought me gifts. Wasn't that thoughtful? Rosie won the blog giveaway a few weeks ago and I had her prize wrapped up ready to give her. Not in a brown wrapper but maybe I should have? I couldn't resist calling to her that I had the kni*kers for her:)
She in return had a gift for me. Look what was in the parcel.
Thank you Rosie, I've used the pot for stitch markers and already dipped into the book.
I also received some other gifts from 2 members of the Knitting Noras, Jan and Vicky.Another Nora, Jenn brought them with her. These were a big surprise also:) Not sure if you have heard about it but the Noras are producing a naked knitting calendar this year. The link will take you to the details. Please support them, apart from a chance to see glorious knitting artfully covering nude figures, it is for a very good cause. Anyway I digress. Jan surprised me with 2 lovely gifts and in my favourite colours. Jan is a wonderful crocheter as you can see. Despite being in much pain she never lets it get her down and is always creating for other people. Thank you Jan they both fit perfectly:)
The dangly trim matches perfectly with the top of the cardigan.

The shawl is shaped and sits just right on my shoulders. They both compliment the gift that Vicky sent along.
It fits perfectly Vicky and helps cover the non red hair, which incidentally I am getting used to. Thank you both for thinking of me. I really appreciate it and it helped immensely to open these when I felt so low.
I appear to have a pull or bruised muscle/rib area and it is getting worse. It was one of the reasons I had to come home yesterday, alongside a weary awfully sore body. My energy levels went lower and lower and I began to feel very ill. When I felt so bad I just wanted to get home as soon as I could. I had another day of wonderwool left and another night at Rebekah and David's home followed by a trip to Hereford to stay with another friend. I hated to miss out on it all but really had no choice. Mr Mog brought me home and I had a bath followed by bed. Not much better this morning so I'm going to the doctors tomorrow.
Don't you hate it when you have made arrangements to do something fun and bad health spoils it? I do.
To sum up on Wonderwool I am glad I went and I enjoyed seeing lots of people. I didn't do much stash enhancement due to feeling ill and I completely forgot I was looking for some dark green variegated mohair to finish the border of a shawl. So what did I buy?

4 skeins of Colinette mohair from Maylins stall, all very reasonable to start with and she also gave a more than generous 20% discount to Ravellers.
Some dyed locks to add to my wrap I'm making.Also from Maylin's stall.
I also purchased 4 cones of glittery yarn from Uppingham yarns but forgot to take a picture.

Wonderwool the stalls part2 long

After a good nights sleep it was off to Wonderwool for the show itself. Wonderwool is held at the Royal Welsh showground
It is held in conjunction with a food festival. Sadly I didn't get to try or purchase much of the food due to leaving early. We did sample the crepes though.
The food provided on site was first class and all the plates/cutlery/cups etc were recyclable. Least ways from the caterers. Not sure on the food festival people, certainly the crepes were in a polystyrene type of cone that wasn't:( Shame when the caterers were doing their bit.

There were lots of stalls, we didn't photograph them all but here are a selection of my favourites. This is Artisan yarns as you can see, lots of colour. Well lots of colour everywhere:)

The Woolclip organise Woolfest, my favourite festival. Their stand had a marvellous range of goods for sale, all made by members of the cooperative from Cumbria.

The Button Lady, you have never seen so many buttons in your life:)
FreyaLyn who's stall was alongside the Button Lady. Don't they look fabulous? Freyalyn does the most gorgeous handspun/hand dyed yarns
There were animals, including these fluffy bunnies:)
The incredible Prudence Mapstone, I love her work and I was really sorry not to be able to go on her workshop
Sue at the Old Piggery, every time I went by her stall was packed. No wonder when you saw what she was selling
Raggedy and Wench who recycle clothing in the most imaginative way as you can see from their outfits.
Uppingham Yarns, a treasure trove of cones and fibres.
The side of Prudence's stand.
Sally Pointer who creates wondrous hand felted hats and more. Just check out her own hat:)
Lisa First4yarns who had a bowl full of Ravelry badges for those who needed them
Phillippa of Wheeldale Woolcrafts
House of Hemp
Maylin on the Tricoterie stand. I have known Maylin online for several years now and this was the first time we had met. She was exactly as she sounded and I felt we had known each other for ever:) Her stand was stunning so much colour and so much beckoning to me. Did I purchase anything? You will have to wait and see.
Ippikin, look at those hats and bags.

Undy yarns complete with knitting machines.

The threshing barn, I love the flags.
The lovely Jeni of Fyberspates
Andy of Bluefaced.com He had wonderful yarn and fibre to dye.

Krafty Koala, Gemma and Nic relaxing after the trauma of a locked cash box with no key:)
Gill from Woolly workshop putting the finishing touches to her stand
This fantastic lady is EwaKuniczak, as you can see from her outfit she makes wonderful felted items:)
UK Alpaca
Natural Dye Studio
There were weaving looms and very large spinning wheels.
Just look at the colour on Oliver Twists stall
Debbie fromDT craft and design.

Anyone for tea?

Winghams, a rainbow of colour

You could even buy plants to dye with
An overview of part of the food section.
Some fluffy things:)
And what you can make with other fluffy things:)
The Laal Bear, a veritable treasure trove of yarny things that included hand dyed yarn,hand spun batts, sock blockers and much much more.
Well I hope you liked my brief view of Wonderwool 2009, more to follow

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