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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Goodies & Knitting

We're back from Unravel and what a fantastic show it was. This was our first Unravel so I was unsure of what to expect but it was great. Sales exceeded expectations, the organisation was great and it was lovely to see so many new and regular customers. I also met lots of people I chat to on social media. Thank you to all of you who stopped by for a chat or to buy.

We sold so much on Friday and Saturday, we had to re-organise things a bit for Sunday so it looked like we were still fully stocked.

On Sunday I managed to have a couple of quick walks around the building to check out the other vendors. There were a couple of people I wanted to say hello to and a couple of stalls I wanted to purchase from. I got 2 skeins of delicious Islington sock yarn from Kettle Yarn Co which will probably become a two colour shawl. I bought the Unravel bag on the first day before the show opened as I love the illustration on the front. Didn't want to miss out. I also picked up a purple leather pencil case from the Farnham Maltings shop and a pretty notions purse from Skein Queen who was right opposite our stall. Talk about staring at temptation all weekend.

One of the things I knew I had to stock up on was Soak and Flatter from Purlescence (I always buy my Soak from them). I always wash my knits in Soak before I block them and with the blocking frenzy before Unravel I had run out. After blocking, I spray the knits lightly with Flatter. I also spray my fabric with Flatter when I'm pressing stuff while sewing.

I also got some buttons from the Textile Garden but forgot to photograph them. I think the little bag of buttons is still in my handbag.

When I got home there was a lovely parcel from the Fringe Supply Co waiting for me. Inside was a wooden needle gauge, 3 little notebooks, skin balm, a Fashionary sketch book (more on that in a later post) and a Fringe Supply Co project bag.

In the car on the way up to Surrey, on the way home (even after it got dark) and in a few quite moments at the show I knitted away on my toe up sock. The yarn is Fab Funky Fibres in a lovely rainbow colourway separated by green stripes. Love, love, love this colourway! I'm over halfway up the leg now. An hour or two of knitting and sock no 1 should be finished.

Want to learn to knit socks from the toe up? I'm teaching my Toe Up Socks class at La Mercerie in South Wales this Sunday (1 March) and at Sitting Knitting in Birmingham on Sunday 22  March.

In this class you'll learn how to knit socks from the toe up on circular needles using the magic loop technique. Perfect if you're not keen on double pointed needles. I'll teach you how to work a closed cast on for the toe, increase for the toe and gusset, work the heel turn and square heel flap and finish off the cuff with a stretchy cast off. At the end of the day, if you're brave enough, you can have a go at knitting two socks at a time. You'll get an adult size sock pattern to take home. Today, I've been working on improving my basic toe up sock pattern to make it a bit more knitter friendly in time for Sunday. 

Will you join me at La Mercerie and Sitting Knitting?

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