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The morning of day five greeted us with wind and rain, how wonderful that we are all knitters and have a small selection of woolliness in which to wrap ourselves in to keep warm. Dennis our trusted bus driver was waiting for us and soon we were on our way to Llanfair Caereinion and a visit to Colinette Yarns. I had saved the best for last, and the only thing everyone knew was that they could expect some colourful woolly goodness. If any of you have ever visited Colinette, you will know what awaits when stepping through the entrance…it is simply yarn heaven! There were a lot of joyful outbursts, fondling of yarn hanks and cuddles with blanket or jumper samples. Coffee, tea and biscuits awaited us and we had an informative talk about all things Colinette before spending a good few hours shopping. The highlight was surely meeting Sam, son of Colinette, who showed us around the dying rooms, giving us an insight on how it all works…what a special treat that was.

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This was also our last evening together and after another deliciously prepared meal by the hotel kitchen we settled down to enjoy each other’s company one last time. We had a show and tell session during which everyone shared their experiences and project journey, from choosing colours, holding the yarn and incorporating own ideas into the pattern. Claudia and I gave out certificates and everyone received a crochet medal for taking part and doing so well. This was greeted with a loud cheer and immediately pinned on and worn proudly.

I am so so proud of what everyone has achieved, the samples above show what amazing work everyone did and I love every single one of these combinations. The one I totally fell in love with…

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…these shades together are simply stunning and my head is full of ideas and possibilities.

X.

 

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Last week my friend Claudia came to visit me here in Wales. Claudia is the owner of online yarn retailer Wollsinn, the main supplier of beautiful Isager Yarns in Germany. She also organises the Schwabsburger Wollfest every year to which I get invited to teach workshops, lucky me!

We have many things in common, especially teaching other knitters and crocheters new skills, and we are planning a Knitting Retreat to Wales next year (more about that in another post). We decided to use her visit not only for relaxation, but also treat it as a research tour. So here is a summary of our very busy few days…

Workshop

As I had already planned a workshop for Saturday, Claudia joined in meeting many of my loyal customers and friends. We had a great day learning new crochet skills like Tapestry and Lace Crochet, and everyone left having achieved a great deal during the day.

Conwy

Sunday we set off for a small tour of some of the possible visits we are planning during our Knitting Retreat Tour next year. First we travelled to Conwy with its towering castle, beautiful little harbour and cute shops and houses.

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Betws-y-Coed

We drove up the Conwy Valley past green meadows, sheep, Trefriw Woollen Mill (sadly closed that day), more sheep and stopped in Betws-y-Coed for some breathtaking scenery and well earned afternoon tea.

Mood

Colinette

The final day of her visit we spent travelling to Mid-Wales and a visit to Colinette Yarns in Llanfair Caereinion. The shop is heaven to any yarn lover and Claudia was no exception in making all the right noises and fondling the beautiful hanks of different yarn, as each yarn is available in 125 different colours.

Having written many to-do lists we said a sad farewell, goodbye, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu…!

Colinette Sweetie

Sweet memories remain…and the excitement of organising our Knitting Retreat Tour together.

What have you been up to this week? I hope you are making sweet memories too!

Enjoy! X.

dear diary,

little sisters

aged about 12 & 7

Many of you will know that my ‘little’ sister came to visit me last week, and if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you would have seen photos of our daily shenanigans.

We had such a great time together from the moment she arrived…

…a day out in Chester with a little shopping at favourite places…

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browsing at cath kidston

…time at home doing things together that we both love…

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baking – a shared passion

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knitting – another shared passion

…a day out visiting the yarn equivalent of a jelly bean shop…

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yarn shopping at colinette yarns

…the weather was exceptionally kind to us, with bright blue skies, lot’s of sunshine and warm temperatures; quite unusual for us here in North Wales at this time of year.

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…the week flew by and before we knew it we had to say: “Auf Wiedersehen”…

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wearing our new shawls

…time flies when you are having fun, come back soon ‘little’ sis.

I am off to Yarndale in Skipton tomorrow and I am hoping to meet up with many friends, take lots of photos and may be…just maybe make a little yarn purchase. xx

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