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A Cardiffy Weekend


Mum and I have been treating ourselves again, and spent some time in Cardiff this weekend. We stayed with another cousin and his family and had a great time with them. I was especially excited to see his nearly 7 year old daughter doing her knitting! Such a look of concentration on her face, and so proud of her work.

Then last night we went to see Straight No Chaser and they were amazing! If you’ve never heard of them you’re not alone – most people have a very blank look when I mention them, but you need to listen to them (here is a good place to start. And here. And maybe here too.) Just brilliant! And so very funny too – it must be hard to act so goofy and sing amazingly at the same time, but they do it so well!

So after a great evening yesterday and a slightly damp walk to school this morning, we decided to take a detour to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway on the way home. I enjoyed browsing through the shops and flicking through books and magazines, but the things that really caught my attention were the balls of wool! John Lewis and Hobbycraft both have a selection of colours and textures that make me drool a little bit just looking at them. And of course I wasn’t content with just looking, and ended up coming home with 4 more to add to my ever growing collection.

This Norse wool is just beautifully soft and snuggly, and is destined to become a snood or scarf. I’m not sure yet whether to knit or crochet… it needs serious thought!

And this kid classic is just gorgeous – and was half price (I love a good bargain!) I can see this becoming gloves, or possibly a lacy, elegant scarf.

Last week, when I got back from the oh so exciting craft fair, I was so excited to get using some of my beautiful new wool. But so far I haven’t touched it! But there is a good reason for this, I assure you. I knitted a cushion cover for my Aunt and Uncle for Christmas, and they liked it so much they’ve asked for another one. This did throw me into a slight panic at first, as I made up the pattern and had it scribbled out on a piece of paper, which for all I knew could have been thrown away weeks ago! But, thanks to my compulsion to keep everything, I managed to find it screwed up in the bottom of my knitting bag. Hurrah for not throwing things away! So I’ve been busily knitting away and have nearly finised the first flap of the back (I’ll knit it all in one long piece – half of the back, the front and the other half of the back). And here it is so far, looking all lovely and snuggly and warm 🙂

Lovely new things


This week I have  been inspired by the cold to make some lovely wrist warmers. I managed to find some bargain bamboo wool in my local craft shop a couple of weeks ago, and decided it would be perfect. But I also decided (probably foolishly) to make up my own pattern. So they’ve taken a lot longer to finish than I thought, and still need sewing up – so you’ll have to wait one more day before I show them to you!

In the meantime, I’ve been shopping! I went with a couple of friends to Craft 4 Crafters at Westpoint Arena in Exeter today, and we had so much fun! I’ve been there for several years now, and always get so excited about it (an enthusiasm not shared by many of my friends who think I probably need help).

There is always so much to see, and so much inspiration – I just love looking at all the quilts, and lace, and embroidery, and knitted items, and scrapbook pages, and… you get the idea. And it’s great fun hunting for the bargains too (and super frustrating when I find something for less than I paid 5 minutes earlier).

So here are my purchaces from today…









Just look at this beautiful wool! I almost found this stall by accident, and I was busily chatting to my friend, and looking for something else at the time. But I happened to look in the right direction at the right time, and there it was – a wall of stunning shades and textures – heaven! Even better was the fact that most of it was in a ’10 balls for £20′ offer, and the other 2 balls were in the bargain box – a bargain indeed! The 5 at the back are Patons Pompero, and are so wonderfully soft. They will be perfect for a snuggly pair of gloves, or a super cosy hat. And the Katia Eco Cotton are such beautiful colours – I have no idea what I’ll use them for yet, but I can’t wait to play with them 🙂

The rest of my purchases are equally exciting (to me at least, but possibly not to anyone else). 2 knitting magazines for £1 each – bargain. A bobbin box for £1.99 – bargain. A fat quarter of pretty fabric for £1 – bargain. 5 rolls of double sided tape for £3.50 (so not exciting for most people, but so necessary for many of the things I make!) – bargain. A pack of blades for my craft knife for £1 – bargain! Do you sense a theme here?

And last but not least, quite possibly my favourite buy of the day – buttons! I really don’t need more – I have several boxes and jars already full of buttons, but when I saw their beautiful colours all mixed together like that I just had to buy them! The pale, vintage style buttons are just gorgeous, and the bright ones will go so well with my new wool. I was powerless to resist!

Now all I need to do is conjure up some more storage space for it all and I’ll be ready to start creating.