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Bristol Wool Fair

I apologise for the lack of posts lately. Hopefully from now I can get back to posting regularly.

On Saturday Nick drove us up to Bristol to visit Bristol Wool Fair on the Sunday. The first exciting moment (for Nick anyway) was when his car reached 190000 miles while in the Waitrose car park before we’d even properly left. Sorry about the blur, it was a quick photo.

190000 miles

We arrived at Bristol Wool Fair, on the Downs by the water tower, a few minutes after it opened at 10am on the Sunday. I was having second thoughts as to whether it was worth the trip, but I soon realised it definitely was!

Bristol Wool Fair

We visited the alpacas first. They were very friendly and made funny little bleating noises without even opening their mouths. The pale one is called Scrabble, and the darker one is Caesar.

Alpacas

I then had a bit of a sit down and knit on the knitathon, where up to 20 people work on the same bit of knitting at the same time. I’m not sure whether they got it finished, but when it is they plan on hanging it near the water tower.

Nick wanted breakfast but the food vans weren’t quite open yet so we did a lap round visiting stalls. As soon as we walked into the first tent, the first stall caught my attention. I didn’t want to buy anything on the first look around though so I managed to pull myself away. There were stalls selling all sorts of yarn, fibre, accessories and pretty much anything you could think of to do with wool.

Sausage Fest

The food vans were open then, so Nick grabbed a sausage. It actually ended up being two sausages. I think he ended up with chili and goat’s cheese and Somerset cider and apple, which he quickly devoured.

Sausage

Then it was time to do some shopping. We managed to buy a couple of things from the first tent, but then we realised the time and went to watch the sheep sheering show. I was expecting it to just be a sheering demonstration, but it also included a bit of history about British sheep, with examples of some of the breeds, which was interesting for both of us.

Sheep Sheer

More shopping then happened, before the duck herding show by The Quack Pack. That involved a couple of collies herding some Indian runner ducks around various obstacles. Tadpole was the first dog. He was really small, and loved water, so when he had the ducks safely in their pen he went and sat in the water in one of the obstacles. I didn’t manage to get a picture of the next two dogs as we didn’t have the best viewpoint.

Duck Herding 1Duck Herding - Tadpole

By this time, it was 12.30 and time for me to start volunteering already. I was posted on one of the fire exits. After Nick had met the dogs, visited the alpacas again and had a sheep’s milk ice cream, he came and kept me company as it was quite a boring job. Luckily I had some knitting with me to help keep me occupied.

We planned to leave after the volunteering as we had to drive for two hours to get home, and had to call back into my parents’ house first. However, we did another lap, did some more buying, I had an ice cream (really yummy!), had a final look around and left.

Sheep's Ice Cream

I would have loved to do some more knitting on the knitathon, a felting workshop, and knit a flower for Gertie but I just didn’t have time.

I was really pleasantly surprised with how much there was to do, as well as the super friendly and relaxed atmosphere. I was also impressed by the range of things on sale, the amount of things to do, and the fact that many of the stalls, including food, were run by local people and businesses. I’ll definitely be visiting, and probably volunteering again next year.

Here are the yarns I bought, and I could have bought so much more!

Rosie’s Moments:

I visited three times. Rosie was pretty busy but we chatted with her husband and they were both obviously very enthusiastic about their yarns and kits. I’ll definitely be looking in her Etsy shop in the future when I need to buy yarn (which won’t be for a while I think…). I was very impressed by her prices, and the fact that all her wool was British. She also puts a little sachet of lavender with each skein, which is wonderful unless you’re allergic to lavender like I am… Doesn’t matter though, wonderful yarn! Check out my Ravelry stash to see details.

Rosie's Moments - Surf's Up Rosie's Moments - Sunset Rosie's Moments - Ruby Red Rosie's Moments - Fern Rosie's Moments - Burnt Orange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coastal Colours:

Just the one skein, chosen by Nick, but in such beautiful colours. It reminds me of flowers on a cliff by the sea.

Coastal Colours

Moonlight Yarns:

Again just the one skein, but the colour called to me. It’s so very soft and will probably end up as a scarf or shawl.

Moonlight Yarns

 

Work in Progress Wednesday 11th Dec

I don’t have any photos today apart from the reason yarn barf is called yarn barf:Yarn Barf

I’ve knitted a little more on my Thermal sleeves, but not enough to show. I’ve knitted just past the heel on the first of my Sort of Mirrored Fair Isle socks, but I can’t seem to photograph it nicely.

Mainly this week, I’ve been waiting around for boiler repair people and the landlord. I’ve also been in a concert. Hopefully on Friday I’ll actually have some food to show (I hadn’t been cooking anything fancy due to coldness and limited hot water for washing up). So a little bit of a non post today I’m afraid.

Food Friday – Pumpkin Pie

This is a quick post to apologise because Food Friday is going to be rather late.

I was going to make pumpkin pie last night, but the light bulb in the kitchen failed and I ended up just cooking a random pasta thing by lamp light. Then I was going to make it this morning, but we ended up having fish and chips.

So, I’ll make it this afternoon and hopefully post about it this evening or tomorrow, so watch this space!

Knitting Journal

I have an idea, and I want to gauge people’s opinions of it. When I’m knitting I sometimes want to compare techniques. For example which cast on method goes best with which cast off method. Or which left slanting decrease looks nicest with which right slanting decrease. I Google it, and I find a page that shows me both, and I figure it out from there.

Unless I’m missing something obvious, there is nowhere with a big database of techniques that show how to do a certain technique, with pictures and comparisons easily accessible. I want to make that big database.

It will basically be an online knitting journal, with pictures of real swatches, photographed instructions, links to videos, and anything else interesting that I can think of that would be useful. It would be a little like Ravelry is for yarns and patterns, but for techniques.

So I want to know whether you would find it useful? What are your thoughts? If you think you would, I’d love to know so I can get started on it soon.

Giant Strawberry and a Fail

So I was meant to do a post today. I had it all planned out. I was going to talk about fair isle knitting and how not to be scared of it. But instead I got carried away with work and I’ve had completely random allergies all day and I just simply forgot. Sorry!

Here’s a picture of a giant strawberry. Just because.

Giant strawberry

Work in Progress Wednesday 2nd Oct

My computer hates me today, hence the lateness of this post. Anyhow, on with Work in Progress Wednesday.

I finished the first Twisted Mosaic sock from Think Outside the Sox. I think my gauge may have been off as it’s tiny! It’s going into hibernation until I find someone with small enough feet for it to fit.

Work in Progress Wednesday Sock

I’ve done a few more rows of my blanket, so it’s got an extra green, brown and half blue stripe.WIP Wednesday Blanket

And I finished a pattern repeat on my Serpentine scarf while I was at knitting club.WIP Wednesday Scarf

Next week I should have some new socks to show you as my grandma has requested bed socks. I’m going to Bristol soon so I’ll buy some lovely British wool for them while I’m there, as there is a complete lack of good/any yarn shops around here.

Work in Progress Wednesday at Tami’s Amis