Hello, just whizzzzzzzzzing by............... like the day, which has passed in a flash. All of a sudden I realised I hadn't taken the photos I was going to take for you, of my stripey dress that I'm knitting.
Bunting! Just the ticket before I head off to my Wednesday night knitting group.
This bunting had been put up for the Smailholm fete I went to about a month ago. It was a tiny affair. I love the smaller fetes and country fairs, everything is so much more homemade, and the people are often more jolly and personable. There's often a 'make-do-and-mend' ethos to them, where people chip in and donate or re-purpose, which gives an immense charm to the event.
There was a smattering of stalls in the village hall, and generous cream teas on offer. A lady near the exit had a table with her handspun yarn laid out. I bought a couple of skeins, sorry I don't have a photo of it for you just yet. The lady was spinning some yarn as I approached, and I couldn't help getting engaged in conversation, she was so friendly. She has a shop in Folksy, which you can see here, and a blog here.
Mia, who hand dyes and spins yarn, has a magic touch. I wasn't going to mention her untill I'd photographed the gorgeous skeins I bought in her etsy shop here, but as I'm on the subject of handspun yarn, I thought I'd mention her. Her blog is called Min Inspiration, and you can reach it here. I just had a quick look at her blog, and it looks like she's spinning some delicious colourways at the moment, the brighter combinations make my mouth water.
I've always been quite reticent about buying handspun fibres, even though I love the stunning results you get in each skein, because I've never known what to do with it. Just gazing at the yarn in it's skein gives me a lot of satisfaction. Part of me doesn't want to undo the skein, and then there's another little urge, to use the yarn, be practical.
I think that what I need to do is knit, or crochet, (probably knit, as crochet uses so much more yarn than knitted fabric), some swatches with each skein, see how they look, and then try out a little idea that has been forming in my mind, to put these handspun yarns to some use. And I need to take some photos for you so you can see all this yarn I'm talking about, don't I?!
Gosh, the time! I really have to go! I've been talking longer than I meant to. See you Friday. Love Vanessa xxx