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Holiday round up - part 2

I'd covered woolfest in my last post but hadn't got on to the Lakes themselves. It really is an amazing part of the world. The light changes in minutes from bright sunshine to threatening gloom. We only had two downpours - one while driving which reduced visibility to about 5 metres - and one while having dinner. So, just before...
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Aren't the low puffy clouds amazing? I recently invested in this book so spent a long time trying to work out which was which.

One can not go to Keswick without visiting the Cumberland Pencil Musuem. I was quite fascinated by how they are made - not how I had imagined - plus I have now seen the worlds largest pencil, as authenticated by the Guiness Book of Records.
There you go - now you've seen it too. It's yellow.

We (I - Pooch don't drive) drove from there to Colne to see the in-laws and took a scenic route. We passed someone called Farfield Mill which was described as an arts and crafts centre so naturally we…

SP 14 Questionnaire

We interrupt this blog for.....SECRET PAL!!!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I have been knitting a lot for babies recently (other people’s) so am doing everything in superwash/machine washable wool. I do prefer yarns to be machine washable but at the same time I appreciate the delicacy of silk or something special. I’m like everyone in that I don’t like scratchy acrylics, but have nothing against soft ones. What I am really into at the moment is cotton or wool with long colour changes.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I like sewing so have made a storage case for my straights as well as another for my circs. I’ve also got a denise storage case – I love my denises! Other than that they are to be found around the house in mugs, pen pots and jars. One thing though – I HATE dpn’s. Never use them.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, interme…

Back from the Lakes, and from Woolfest, and from the in-laws, and...(Picturetastic)

So I finally made it to Woolfest. I've been trying to go since it started and I finally made it on its fifth birthday. And it was great! But something rather strange happened. There I was, almost knee deep in the good stuff, and yet I only came away with this...
The closest I got to yarn is sock blockers - which are absolutely beautiful.
They've got painted tops - so pretty! I also managed to stock up on buttons. I am getting really into buttons nowadays. My favourite part of the day was the sheep auction. The auctioneer was the one who usually does the animal auctions there and was brilliant.
I bid on a number of things but struck lucky with these.
Aren't they amazing? I forget now who made them but I absolutely love them. More than £1000 was raised for the nominated charity and most people looked as if they were having as much fun as me. There were also some actual sheep. I couldn't resist taking a photo of this one - with a centre parting.
There were also lots with amazi…