Did you know it's International Zine Month? I learned this from Toby at Bombinate Zine 🙂 https://twitter.com/BombinateZine/status/1017703506457845760 There's a growing zine scene here in Belfast. My life has been almost entirely digital for the last decade, and I think we're all just a little fed up with micro-blogging, aren't we? Zines are an antidote to… Continue reading The Zine Scene in Belfast
In preparation for Woollinn Dublin, and I've been adding to a Ravelry bundle marked "Woollinn Wishlist" for a few months now. I tidied it up and narrowed it down. Am I obsessed? No, research says, I'm just living my best life 😀 Before I go to a yarn fest, I enjoy looking at the vendor… Continue reading The pure joy of anticipating Woollinn
Last night at The Belfast Bloggers Meetup at Farset Labs I was able to put faces to names and meet folks from all sorts that I probably wouldn't have met before. Farset Labs is a great space, and rare in the city. It runs on donations and volunteer effort and buckets of good will. It's… Continue reading Belfast Bloggers!
Catherine Quinn of Mottainai Textiles taught a dye workshop in Buncrana. I had no idea she was from Belfast! It was still a lovely day to visit Buncrana and the next day I was able to pop into the Hinamatsuri festival in Derry. Both events were organised by Junko and the group from Yarn Spinners… Continue reading Shibori – Indigo dye workshop with Mottainai
There's a thread on Ravelry which asks: have we reached a saturation point for fibre events in the UK? Currently there are 6 events with dates confirmed in the UK and Fibre events group on Ravelry. I am having trouble finding a record, but it looks like there was double that in 2014. Correction! @TravelKnitter… Continue reading UK Fibre events: Spoilt for choice?
Deb Robson's 2-day Introduction to Wool Types at Fibre East was fantastic. It wasn't exactly a beginner class, but I was helped and encouraged to keep pace and gained some great skills. After all, I only learned spinning so I could take this class! Everyone else there was an experienced spinner and most brought their… Continue reading Fibrary from Fibre East
So Saturday morning, at Unwind Brighton you can find me at the p/hop table from 11am. p/hop is a knitting fundraiser for MSF. The slogan is pennies per hour of pleasure. There are volunteers slotted in all day, so the load isn't too much for anyone. "Choose your pattern, enjoy your knitting, make a donation.… Continue reading p/hop: putting the fun in fundraiser at unwind brighton
I found out recently I'm going to be in London for a work related week of intense work/fun/production. So I could easily rationalize getting to London on the Friday before to check out Unwind Brighton. Quel coincidence! Minor problem is that I had *already* rationalized booking into Fibre East one week later in July. Why… Continue reading Going to Unwind Brighton! Knitting, yarn and crochet festival
I'm very excited about attending my first actual fibre festival. As far as I can tell, there don't seem to be any events like them in Ireland, which is sad. Good thing is Fibre East is really easy to get to from Luton airport nearby. And so it's a short hop for me from Belfast… Continue reading Going to Fibre East: I need to learn how to spin wool?! Uh oh…
Thankfully my dad, and his oxygen tanks got out before this got out of handWhen my dad's car caught on fire (but he escaped unscathed), it occurred to me: I should really go for a visit. When his lung collapsed and he ended up in the hospital, I thought: you know, a visit might really… Continue reading Serious FOMO: Ysolde Teague workshop in Dublin