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Hello dear friends and readers, it’s been a while! I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying beautiful weather wherever you are!

I am sorry I have been a little absent from here but it’s been a bit manic in the studio and just generally with every day stuff. Final preparations for our first Knitting Retreat in May are under way, and I have been busy working on the project for the workshops (a little sneak peek above).

BroochesKnitting Group was at my house this month and last Thursday we all spent a frivolous day making name brooches. They will come in handy when the girls come and visit the knitting retreat ladies for an evening of fun. We had such a great day eating cake and playing with fabric and sequins…total Bliss!

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To crown it all the new Gazebo went up over the weekend, and as it is another glorious day here today I had my first breakfast of the year outside this morning. As I was sitting there, enjoying my wonderful view and some early morning sunshine, I realised again how lucky I am to be living and working in this beautiful place.

Enjoy your week, I hope you have some lovely sunny days too!

X.

 

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Last week Nichola of ninneynoo invited a group of us into her home for an amazing stitching adventure. Five of us from my knitting group arrived at what can only be described as one of the cutest houses I have been to. A beautiful cottage in a picturesque small village, the inside an Aladdin’s cave of Vintage meets Cath Kidston, we were welcomed by Nichola, her Mum and husband with homemade cookies and freshly brewed coffee.

I met Nichola during the Julie Arkell creature workshop weekend (you can read about it here) at my local craft centre where I was in awe at her ability of making the most amazing paper mache figures and stitching clothes for them. We started talking and soon a workshop date and subject was set. Nichola, who has a City and Guilds in Textiles (her final piece can be seen in photo above) suggested we make a needle or keepsake book using cuffs from old shirts.

 

Slightly daunted we all arrived to a treasure trove of fabrics, ribbons, buttons and everything else you need for a really good stitching extravaganza. With Nichola’s help we were soon snipping and stitching away letting our imagination go wild and could only be stopped by the lure of delicious smells of lunch and the tempting sight of cakes and cups of tea.

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What a fabulous day we all had and I am pleased to say that I managed to finish my needle book yesterday. I am so pleased with it!! Be prepared to see it featured in many of my future photo shoots!

Thank you Nichola for a magical stitching day…can’t wait for the next one soon!

Wishing you all a very happy Easter!

X.

 

 

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Shawl Collage

I don’t know about you, but I like to be prepared for spring when it finally comes. Maybe it’s to do with the fact that January is my least liked month. Usually grey, cold and wet, as rarely do we have a lot of the fluffy white stuff these days, the excitement of Christmas gone and all beautiful decorations packed away for another year.

This calls for some excitement of a different kind, and what better way to brighten up our days than with some beautiful yarn in a  bright and cheerful colour. Scheepjeswol Invicta Colour is just that sort of yarn. Available in 21…yes 21 beautiful colours it is sure to but a bit of spring into your knitting.

I know what you are thinking…I only just made my South Bay Shawl using this yarn. Well ok, but you know, I loved it so much that I went ahead and got myself another ball of this loveliness. This time it is shade 964, beautiful pink and purple shades with a little dark grey and black running through. It’s always a little bit of a surprise using this yarn as one never knows exactly what lies in the depth of the yarn ball. But, I like surprises of the good kind and just for good measure I am throwing in some Invicta Extra in shade 1347, a little leftover from my Yarn Kit.

My head is buzzing with ideas! I am thinking semicircular which is an easy shape to wear. Some not too difficult lace, after all this is suppose to be a relaxing cheer me up project.

The possibilities are endless and I hope you will share in my excitement by following the Spring Shawl journey.

In the meantime you can drool over and purchase the yarn here or here.

Enjoy!

X.

 

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