Saturday saw me frantically labelling and packing and organising, ready to go the Battleby Gathering near Perth. Everyone attending was a spinner, weaver, dyer or felter. I doubt if there was anyone who was “just” a knitter.
You should have seen the knitting, touched the handwoven jackets, heard the enthusiasm.
This lady had hansdpun pure silk fibre and then knitted this fabulous sweater.
My fibre was braided. I lost count of the number of people who said to me that it was so pretty to see it like that and how unusual it was. I pulled the braids out to explain about sequential dyeing and how it meant you could plan a handspun, and make it do what you wanted to a large extent. They were fascinated, and understood immediately.
I explained about different dyeing styles in sock yarn and how it might “flash” over the ankle with a heel-flap heel, and they all nodded and simply said “of course” with complete understanding, immediately followed by “well, I could just knit a different heel”.
I had a wonderful day with an amazingly talented and creative group of people.
It was an absolute pleasure.
For the first time I am considering doing wholesale, because hey, there’s a whole world of people out there who would never join ravelry or use the web and they are enthusiasts, just like us.
So, hot off the press, I can announce that although I won't be at Ally Pally in person, there will be a selection of both yarns and fibres from The Yarn Yard there. More on this later.
I was accompanied by Margarete at Battleby (she was the glamorous one) and she did a wonderful job of making everyone who stopped feel welcome. Thank you Margarete!
She also brought me this.
My birthday Golding spindle, 2 inch whorl in Lignum Vitae with a walnut shaft.
Isn't it gorgeous? I have plans for the inaugural project.
I'll be updating the shop with new fibre later. The photos are done, I just need to finish some dyeing first, and then I'll do the shop.
Here's a taster.
Merino silk 70:30 and BFL. Something for everyone. There is caber yarn as well but the batteries in the camera have given up the ghost!
The update is done now! Click here to visit the shop.