Woolfest – after the event

dear diary,

taking lots of lovely photos to share with you was very much wishful thinking on my part. As weather was…well the most miserable, wet, windy and cold I have ever know, there was not much point in boring you with dark and fuzzy photos. Dark because of lack of sunshine, and fuzzy because my hands were shaking because of cold. I can honestly say that this was the first time that I experienced flood, mud and so on first hand and not from the comfort of my sofa in front of the telly. The car park (field) was a mud-bath and only thanks to Sian’s 4 wheel drive did we not get stuck. We got a  soaking just by getting from car to entrance even though we sprinted down hill as fast as we could. I can now tick Woolfest off my list, I won’t be returning in a hurry (even if the sun is shining), but instead continue to go our lovely Wonderwool Wales (27/28 April 2013).

It wasn’t all doom and gloom though, as wonderful time with my fabulous friends was spent knitting, drinking wine and generally putting the (knitting) world to rights. The retail therapy wasn’t too bad either, see what you think.

This will become one of my favourites, so soft and cosy…

Bought to keep warm – Sophie’s Wild Woollens

Destined to become new designs…

My yarn purchases

Bargain Ebony needles and gorgeous Vintage buttons…

You can never have too many of these

Couldn’t resist this yarn bowl with such a beautiful glaze…

Beautiful Yarn Bowl from Mulberry Dyer – Start of Trillian Shawl by Bettina Behm

It was lovely to see so many friends and have a good catch-up with everyone and despite the foul weather I had a really brilliant time. I leave you with this picture of pompom sheep, just part of ‘The Flock’, a public art project which everyone can join.

The Flock

I was told that so far the organisers have received in the region of 5000 sheep made out of pompoms and if you fancy joining in, you can download a sheep making kit by clicking www.jointheflock.co.uk .

Have fun 🙂

Yarn Heaven

dear diary…

Just taking a wee time out from organising myself for my weekend trip away…yes I am off to Woolfest. Yippee!!!!!


After trying to go for many years, this is it and I can’t wait. I can’t wait for the mouthwatering colours of all the yarntasticness that awaits, can’t wait to stroke and hug all those tempting hanks on display, can’t wait to see all the livestock (and smell it too!), but mostly I am looking forward to spending a great time away with my loopy knitting friends in our rather posh cottage, eating, drinking, being merry and of course – knitting! In case some of you, my dear readers, are going and wondering what colour yarnfabulousnesses you should buy to look ‘tres chic’ during forthcoming autumn/winter (yes, it is officially summer now, not that we would think so here in GB!), here is a little forecast that I received only the other day.

Pantone Colour Trend A/W 2012

Pantone Colour Trend A/W 2012

Check out this space for lots of inspiration!

Knitwear Trends A/W 2012

Maybe I’ll see some you up in Cumbria…I am the one wearing five layers trying to keep warm!


This and That

dear diary,

as always the weekend went in a flash, why is that?

I had a really good workshop at ‘A Good Yarn’ in Cleethorpes on Saturday. As always Kate made everyone very welcome and for once she was able to participate herself…hurrah! We did ‘the continental’ all day and there were cakes too thanks to Michelle who’s birthday it was.

I love going to A Good Yarn as I always find something that I don’t see anywhere else I go, and this time was no different. Whilst waiting for everyone to arrive I spotted this lovely Sublime Lustrous Extra Fine Merino Yarn, it has subtle added sparkle and I thought it perfect for a small cabled shoulder wrap to take on Safari to South Africa later in the year. It will keep the chill off when on early morning Game drives.

I just love this soft caramel colour…yummy!

Yesterday there was great excitement in the garden for my four legged companion (Max), this little chap has moved in to his patch…

…not sure if I call him brave or dumb moving to Jack Russel territory. Time will tell!

So it is the beginning of a new week. The weather man promises sunshine and warmth, daughter is on last leg of exams, I have finished almost all new square designs for next Afghan installment and flowers in garden are looking fabulous.

I just hope the sun keeps shining for Woolfest in Cumbria. I am going with my fave loopy knitting friends…

Before the Rain

dear diary,

This morning after my walk with

and afterwards strolling around the garden I felt the compelling urge to cut some flowers and bring inside.

Not a moment too soon! I had barely closed the back door…, the heaven’s opened and it hasn’t stopped pouring since. Alas…these will cheer us all up as the forecast is rain, rain and more rain 🙁

Nothing better than sweet smelling flower’s from one’s own garden. x

Strawberry Cordial

dear diary,

Recently I came across a recipe for some strawberry cordial. As we are in the middle of this year’s strawberry season and I love cordials I thought why not try and make some.

I am loving the result and thought I must absolutely share this very easy peasy recipe with you, my dearest loop-di-loop-makers.

So here goes…

Strawberry Cordial


You will need:

1kg strawberries, destalked and roughly chopped

1kg granulated sugar

600ml red wine vinegar

How To:

Put the strawberries and sugar into a large bowl. Stir to combine and leave to macerate in the fridge for 3 days, stirring every 12hours (or there about).

Next: Pour everything into a large pan, stir in the vinegar and heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Then bring to the boil for 1 min, leave to stand for 10 min.

Next: Strain the mixture through a muslin cloth, discard the fruit and pour liquid into sterilised bottles and seal.

Dilute with sparkling water for every day drinking or with champagne for a special occasion.

Once opened, it will keep in the fridge for up to a month.



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