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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Picture Story

I'm going to let the pictures tell the story of the last few days. On Saturday Simon, Emily, our dog Sam and I went for a week at Whitsand Bay (about 20 mins drive from us). it was a fantastic day and this is why we live in Cornwall.

Emily, Simon and Sam:

Isn't the beach stunning? There were some other people on the beach but not many. It's not an easy beach to get to. Access is a walk down a very steep path through an Army firing range. I keep forgetting to take a pic of the access path but it's STEEP.

After a little while I had to sit down as my back and neck was hurting. I'd brought my knitting and sat and knitted while Simon, Emily and Sam carried on. This was my view:

After our walk and the steep climb back up to the road we drove on for another 5 mins until we came to a restaurant called 'The View'. Perfect name for this restaurant. We sat outside and this was our view:
and the other way:

We had a drink and shared a Cornish Cream Tea which I forgot to photograph before we dug into it, but it consists of scones, Cornish clotted cream and jam. Gorgeous. The restaurant has a n impressive sea-food menu and is very popular.

On Saturday evening I went to stay with my friend Marianne in South Devon and on Sunday morning we drove up to Ilsington near Newton Abbott to attend the Ktog event organised by Terri and her knitting group. This is the 3rd year the event has been held. I had a stall:

a close up of my sock and lace yarns:

I also taught an hour's taster workshop on 'continental knitting'. It was also a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and chat to knitters.

Spin A Yarn had a stall there too.

And John and Juliet from John Arbon Textiles were there.

The biggest temptation on their stall was this little selection of fibre. This lot was also right next to my stall.

And did I resist? Ofcourse I didn't. They had some gorgoeus dark grey, almost black alpaca roving. It was so soft. I decided at £1 per 100gr I had to get 500gr. When I went to get mine there was only 660gr left so Igot the lot.
The picture below doesn't do this fibre justice at all. It's stunning. No idea what I'm going to spin with it.
I've got a thing about grey at the moment. Last week I got this gorgeous natural grey merino from Spin A Yarn Which I started spinning the other day. I've only got 100gr. I meant to ask if they had any more when I was at the shop teaching a lace kniting workshop yesterday but I forgot. I'm thinking about plying it with the charcoal alpaca.
Yesterday I was teaching a lace knitting workshop at Spin A Yarn. the workshop went well and everyone was lovely as always. A couple of participants had been on my workshops before and it's nice to see people coming back. I always end up buying some yarn while I'm there but yesterday I managed to walk out without any more yarn!!!! But I did get 2 crochet hooks. All mine are cheap plastic ones so Itreate myself to a couple of Clover Soft Touch hooks. And this morning I decided to take a break from my knitting to crochet this circle. The yarn is some leftover Posh sock yarn. I crocheted a circle. It's not perfect but I like it. Not sure what to do with it but I'm planning to do more and then perhaps i'll try to combine then into a scarf or something. I used mainly trebles and a couple of rounds of half-trebles.
Last week was so busy I got behind with my knitting. I've got a secret project due by the end of next week and another big one by middle of November so I'll be focusing on those for the next week or so. I've also started an exciting project on my knitting machine but more about that next time.

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