Very excited for Yarn Folk Festival of Wool, happening on Saturday, 4 August as part of Whitehead's Wool, Food and Folk Festival. The cute Victorian seaside village is transformed into a woolly wonderland. In this post: Yarn Folk - a Wooly Village Looking back at Yarn Folk 2017 What about LGBTQ+ Knitters and Supporters? Bangor Boat… Continue reading Things to do around Yarn Folk in Whitehead
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
If you love yarn and talking about it, I highly recommend the anthology "A Stash of One's Own" by Clara Parkes. I listened to the audio version, and it's been such a relaxing read (yeah, I call it reading.) Franklin Habit's story about his Mum's stash is... just so beautiful, I can barely mention it… Continue reading A Stash of One’s Own – a book review
On Friday night, I joined the Arts Night at the Museum at North Down Museum, and it was loads of fun! I took part as a member of Boom Studios, and it was a blast. Participants could go around the museum and join in arts activities at different stations. My workshop was in a room… Continue reading Exquisite Bangor at the Arts Night at North Down Museum
I'm excited about Woollinn Dublin! After the success of YarnFolk Festival of Wool in August last year, it's clear we need more woolly events on this island 🙂 Ironically, it will take me as long to get to Woollinn as it does to Edinburgh Yarn Fest (door to door) 😂 😂 😂 😭. This island is so poorly… Continue reading The Woollinn Workshops!
I think Bernie (Bear in Sheep's Clothing Yarn) isn't the only knitter who taps when she knits. Once she showed me a welt in her index finger from where she taps on the needle as she knits. Like, a HOLE in the skin. She said she winces each time she taps, but can't really knit… Continue reading Tap when you knit? Use this cute finger protector.
In my previous rant about the student spindle, I pointed out you'd be better off showing people to spin with a CD spindle, and showing them how simple it is to make one, than giving them a way-too-heavy spindle. You really can spin with anything, and you don't have to spend a lot of money.… Continue reading A simple spinning on a stick demo for shows
This post was inspired by listening to A Playful Day's interview with Felicity Ford of Knitsonik. I recommend it highly! What a great adventure in sound, something I didn't realize was so important. I am funny about sound, and I didn't even know it. I decorate with sound. I have certain bells on different doors in my… Continue reading I decorate with sound
I've been very lucky to have gone to a few creative knitting and spinning workshops. Apparently, I'm obsessed with colour work, hence I've taken TWO classes on it! This of course led me to compare the experiences and reflect on the differences. I love learning, but I can't help myself also paying attention to how the… Continue reading How much scaffolding does your creative class or workshop need?
I took a class at Edinburgh Yarn Festival with Hazel Tindall to learn fair-isle colour work. I liked my little cuff I created that day, but I sensed that I wasn't quite ready to dive into making my dream fair isle vest. I mention this, because I still have a fantasy that one day I'll knit a… Continue reading Review of Fenella – a lovely yarn by Susan Crawford Vintage