Scavenger Hunt

Sunday 24 April 2016


Hi there!

Me and my knitting pal Romain had the best day at Wonderwool yesterday.  It was chilly underfoot ~ Royal Welsh Showground ~ but the sun shone and for the first time for several years we sat outside in the sun to eat our lunch.

This year I decided not to write interesting things down in a notebook as I usually do, but to take photos with my phone, of labels, designs and colours.  I know, get me using technology.

There are three halls to mooch around and we did lots of mooching.  

We both thought these mini socks displayed on windmills was a cracking idea.
Colour rainbows.
On the fivemoons stall was a lovely a-line jumper/poncho made in their Luna Sport yarn.  It was beautifully soft.    I was very taken by the crochet scarf too;  when I got back home I discovered I already have the jumper ~ Climb Every Mountain by Heidi Kirrmaler ~ in my Ravelry queue!  I've been less successful finding the scarf pattern but I shall persevere.  
There was an array of sheep. 

The always funny, alpacas.  These from Bird Farm Alpacas.  This one looked like it was the stall holder, it made us laugh a lot.
"That's £6.00 please Madam."
I didn't buy lots and lots but felt hugely inspired.  I looked at garments that I bought the patterns for last year and told myself to get on with them.   I accosted several people wearing things that I liked and we had a chat.   The stall holders were happy to chat even if we didn't buy, and the atmosphere was happy and relaxed.  At the end Romain said "It makes me want to go home and knit."

"So what did you buy?" I hear you ask.

Some more Drops Delight sock yarn,  I can't get enough of this, although I suspect I may already have some of these colour ways, must check. 
 Some Ullcentrum 2ply Fingering Weight.  This is imported from Sweden by Midwinter Yarns in Caerphilly.  
 It will be a stripy shawl, the pattern is Linus on the Line.

Two patterns from Woolyknits.  Both of the garments were on the stall and looked really nice.
And lastly some buttons from Textile Garden.  Always worth a look in. 
I sat on the bus and knitted more of my ravello top.  It's coming along well, although I didn't knit all the return journey due to a nap.  I told Romain that I might fall asleep when we got back on the bus, she looked at me and said "I'm expecting you to, you always do."
So there we are, a smashing day out.

Let's hope the spring sunshine carries on, and that it warms up some more.
Have a great week.............Clicky Needles. 

Sunday 17 April 2016

Sunshiny Day

Hi Folks.

I've been busy in the last few weeks, we went to France the first week of Easter Holidays and then I spent a week teaching Master Clicky how to drive.  I think I'll tell you more about this next time.   Mr Clicky has come back from a week in Chicago with work and the washing machine has stopped working.  Luckily my lovely next door neighbour has been letting me use her machine.

The daffodils I got this week from the supermarket have been beautiful with just a touch of scent.
Today the sun has shone and I spent some time in the garden.  I took my tea out and attempted to make the garden look a little less weed ridden than it was before.  It was glorious when the sun was out and I can feel my face glowing.
I filled the brown wheelie.  I have discovered there is an art to getting the bin completely full and making full use of the space.  We are not allowed to have the lid open so a bit of extra chopping is sometimes required.  Long twiggy bits are best shoved down the sides and a lot of compacting gets more in.  Even though I filled the bin I'm not sure I've much of an impact; the soil is still very wet and heavy as our back garden is north facing and my boots were leaving tracks.
With the sunshine the tulips opened up their flowers.
With the prospect of a twelve hour car journey to France each way I was browsing my Ravelry queue as you do,  and came across ravello by Isabell Kraemer which I had queued a while ago.   Rav link here.  It's made in 4ply yarn so I had a stash dive and came across the ginger yarn which I've had for 6+ years.  It's either from Jamiesons or Jamiesons and Smith from Shetland.  I'm not sure which.  I then came across the yellow and green in ahem! another crate somewhere else.  I started to get excited and a bit giddy, bought the pattern and more green from Jamiesons (I didn't have enough of the other) and before I knew it I was off.
It was the perfect knitting for in the car.  In fact I've been loving the pattern ~ contiguous top down ~ but it was brought to a stand still the other evening when I snapped my KnitPro needle.  Thankfully a replacement has now arrived and I'm back onto it.
Right that's me for now, have a super week.

Clicky Needles.