Starting with a knitty weekend…

There’s nothing a knitter likes more than a knitty day out… and that is just the day I had a couple of weeks ago.

My lovely friend Bekky, who is also an avid knitter, is emigrating to Australia at the end of the month to start an exciting new job so, together with Max (who some of you will know as @Knitiam on Instagram) we organised a day to remember!

We wrapped up warm, pulled on our pompom hats and took a trip across town to the Renegade Craft Fair, held in the Truman Building in Brick Lane. Wow! What an event that was, I’d highly recommend a visit in the future. It was full of independent makers with imaginative and super-cute makes.   I bought this amazing ring from Fernworks, it contains a teeny weeny sea urchin encased in Resin, Faryn found the sea urchin on a beach in Mexico, it fitted perfectly, so of course, I had to have it.

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Max, Bekky and I are a bit ‘pin’ obsessed at the moment and so we added to our collections and, when we stopped for a bite to eat, pinned them all on our Fringe Field Bags. We are easily pleased!

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Another trip on the tube took us to Yarnporium.  Bekky had won tickets from the lovely Kettle Yarn Co (thanks Linda!) and we had a great time looking round and chatting to old friends. I bought these gorgeous buttons from Maggie at The Textile Garden to replace some on a coat (I lost one) and three balls of Purl Alpaca DK to knit my son a hat for Christmas. I need to get some more because Poppy has now requested a hat in this yarn too. As you can see I succumbed to project bags from Little Grey Girl and had to have a couple of cards from Max’s World, her moths are beautiful, especially the one she had just finished and put on display.

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After a quick G&T (and knitting) we headed off to Loveknitting HQ, where I had been invited to a Bloggers and Designers event.  As you have probably worked out, I wasn’t invited for my blogging skills, but that is something I am planning on getting better at.  We were welcomed by a glass of Prosecco (nothing better) and during the evening we had the opportunity to squish lots of new and exciting yarns coming soon to the Loveknitting website. Max and Bekky both went home with Paintbox yarn Advent Calendars with plans of what they were going to create. I am just finishing off a design for a festive pattern using the Paintbox yarns, the colours are great and I know I will use it again in the future.

img_5455As we left, we were each handed a yarnie goodie bag too, how exciting! My favourites were this gorgeous rainbow Koigu which is going to be a pair of mittens for Lola and this Sweet Georgia which is going to be mittens for me.  Bekky very kindly gave me her skein so I now have enough. I am also planning to knit this amazing ‘Yara’ yarn from Lang Yarns into a hat for one of my daughters. There’s 160m on the ball, so plenty.

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Of course, I already have a few (ahem) projects on the go so I’m going to have to wait to cast on… if I can! It’s a bit early for a G&T, so I’m off for a cuppa, see you soon x

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