Wednesday, 27 July 2011


Well, it's been one of those really gruelling weeks already, and I'm only half way through.

Fibre-East was amazing, I really hope it's held next year; there were some amazing fibre arts on display, including a group of remarkable Scottish spinners and weavers creating beautiful fabric together. There was an eye-catching stall from the Guild of Long-Draw spinners; they were demonstrating the unusual method of drawing fibre onto a very large wheel which looked like it was rotated by hand.

There were also some fabulous shopping opportunities, which I and my Mum took full advantage of! We were haunted by alpaca all day - literally picking up the nicest skein on the stall and that single one, out of all the hundreds on display, was the alpaca. I particularly recommend Sparkleduck as great dyers, and I bought a single skein of baby royal alpaca in a  semi-solid colourway that I can't wait to work with. also worthy of special mention is Spinning a Yarn, for their beautiful mulberry silk in a unique smoke-grey-to-black colourway. It was expensive, but worth it! I just have to find the right pattern now to really show it off.

Work has been crazy recently - not a brilliant time to release a pattern as complex as poor technology-cursed Azalea, but ho hum, I am nothing if not foolhardy. I think I have around a thousand thousand messages and emails waiting for me, which I must at some point confront, and on top of that I updated the pattern version on Monday. So fun! Games! Delight! And I need more sleep!

I think I'm going to have to go home and sleep in my yarn to recover, and just think nice thoughts about tweedy autumn knitting. Azalea be damned!

Friday, 22 July 2011

Arrgh technology - Ten Minute Hate

Soooo, I uploaded  a free pattern on Ravelry on Monday. Fine! Then I noticed my massive boo-boo, the Mistake Which Shall Not Be Named For Fear of Sounding Like A Dummy.

So, like a good little soldier I upload a new version and stick out an update.

And now I have discovered that not only do all the poor people who have kindly stored the pattern in their library do not get new versions (why for the love of all that is...) if they try and get a new version of this free pattern, a paypal screen pops up asking them to check out for the value of no pounds and nothing pence.

Great. All those happy knitters, knitting my Massive Boo-Boo Top-Down Raglan. Hating me silently when the increases don't work. And paypal, jolly highwayman it is, demanding payment when they try and fix it.

Truly, this is a day of wrath. I am smote on all sides by boo-boo.

Now I'm going to have a beer and watch documentries back to back until I feel better. : (

Hate over.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Mr Mongoose

For those of you who don't know, there is a Mr Mongoose.
He is a brave and good and true, handsome and lovely, and helps me print things and does not really mind when I panic at eleven o'clock at night that there's an errata in my pattern. And he buys me beer and cheerful cards.

This is for you, Mr Mongoose -

Oh, you should'nt have! *coy face*