Memories of Tanera Mor

I’ve just returned from a wonderfully restful week on a knitting retreat. The retreat, organised by Helen (aka Ripples Crafts) was on Tanera Mor, a tiny island situated off the west coast of Scotland. On Sunday 16th September, eleven of us met at the pier at Achiltibuie to board the small boat that would take us

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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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Woolfest 2012

We have just had a fantastic weekend at Woolfest 2012 at Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth, Cumbria. The aim of the show is to celebrate nature’s finest fibres and there were yarns, fleeces, tops and dyes in adundance as well as spinning and weaving equipment. There were also sheep and other fibre-producing animals, including several rare

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Typical festival weather

The Knit ‘n’ Caboodle road show didn’t have far to travel yesterday – about half a mile to be exact. The garden of the village pub, the Rose and Crown, was transformed into Tiltonbury – a day of live music, good food, entertainment and activities. Tiltonbury may be a small local festival but that didn’t

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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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Our First Wonderwool…..

Sue and I have just spent a great weekend at Wonderwool Wales at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. We were so busy on Saturday that I didn’t get the chance to take any photos so this shows the stand just before opening on Sunday – by then we’d already sold out of a few things

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Reading and knitting

This month’s Book Group choice is The Shipping News, by E Annie Proulx. Following bereavement, Quoyle, with his daughters and his Aunt Agnis, heads to Newfoundland to start over. He gets a job reporting the shipping news for the local newspaper, The Gammy Bird, which seems to specialise in stories of sexual abuse and car

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Why I knit socks

The knitters that I know tend to fall into two discrete camps –  those, like me who are addicted to knitting socks and can’t resist new sock yarn (even though they’ve got a large stash at home) and those who aren’t. This latter group say things like ‘oh, I couldn’t be bothered to knit socks

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Welcome to the World

The latest Knit ‘n’ Caboodle knitting kit is inspired by one of my favourite novels: “Welcome to the World, Baby Girl” by Fannie Flagg. The novel features Dena Nordstrom, a popular newscaster in 1970s America, who falls ill and returns to her home town of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, to be looked after by Aunt Elmer. Wonderful

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