Close Knit

Last weekend I was lucky enough to visit the Close Knit exhibition at Hull Maritime Museum. The exhibition, organised in partnership with the Moray Firth Gansey Project and Hull School of Art and Design,  featured a wonderful range of ganseys from Yorkshire and Scotland. So what is a gansey? This extract from the booklet, Fishing

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A Grand Time at Wonderwool Wales

This time last week, Sue and I were still in the process of setting up our stand at Wonderwool Wales. This fabulous show is held in the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells. It’s always a bit daunting when you first arrive and are faced with an empty shell and, it doesn’t seem to matter what

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Don’t stop the carnival

Last week we were lucky enough to be in Nice at Carnival time. The earliest recorded mention of a carnival in Nice was in 1294 when the Count of Provence, Charles d’Anjou, spent the ‘joyous days of Carnival’ in Nice but the carnival in its ‘modern’ form dates from 1873. This year’s theme is ‘King of

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The Start of a New Year

Happy New Year! Like many lapsed bloggers, I’ve started 2013 with a resolution to blog more often this year. I’ve always got lots of ideas and projects that I want to share but, up until now, blogging has got pushed down the to-do list by more urgent deadlines. But no more…. one of my many resolutions

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Festival Knitting @VillagePump

I have just returned from a fabulous weekend at the Village Pump Folk Festival at Trowbridge. The music was terrific, the other traders and festival-goers were really lovely people and, to cap it all, the sun shone. John and I arrived on Thursday evening to set up the Knit’n’ Caboodle stall (Sue didn’t come to

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Home and dry….

We had a great weekend at Southwell Folk Festival – despite the cold, wet weather! I didn’t expect to still be wearing my thermals in June but I was very grateful for them yesterday. Still, it didn’t dampen our spirits and the organisers and festival stewards worked extremely hard to keep everything going. Particular praise is due

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Back to a virtual world

Well, it’s now back to a virtual world after four exciting days at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate (well, five if you count the set-up day). It was such fun to meet so many lovely people – and to put faces to our online customers who dropped by to say hello. Setting up the

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