Gosh its been a while hasn’t it? Time flies when you are having fun so they say, or just busy juggling all the different balls you have to juggle when you run your own business – add in all the busy-ness of a family of four boys and all their hobbies and interests too, and well, suddenly here we are in high summer. Its good though – all kinds of good, and whilst the sunshine drys the yarn in super quick time, and keeps the little ones happy in the paddling pool I thought id just catch up with whats been going on here!
Were you one of the lucky ones who joined me on a yarn retreat this year? We have had so many great weekends in lovely Lyme Regis – and I was so thrilled to welcome Rachel Coopey to a retreat to talk about sock knitting and take us on a Sockventure. I learnt so much – and the ladies who joined us were so keen to learn more they insisted we book in new dates right there and then – so if you want to join us next time , there’s another Sock Knitting retreat in January 2018 ( book here) . There were also two fabulous crochet retreats with Dedri, with so many gorgeous blankets and shawls on display and hooks flying to make the special projects Dedri had written for the retreat.
There were also 3 Yarn Retreats where we indulged ourselves in yarn, cake and relaxing all weekend with workshops on yarn dyeing, knitting with wire and making Dorest Buttons. The autumn retreats are nearly sold out so I have added a new date in December – some and curl up in front of the fire, learn how to dye yarn and have plenty of time to get ahead on your christmas making! I love Lyme Regis in the summer but I am really looking forward to this retreat!
It hasn’t all been about running retreats – last month I went to the amazing Sisterhood Retreat in Wales to run a workshop on weaving – it was such an amazing weekend, I think I will tell you more about it another time. We made wonderful looms then weaved the afternoon away, using some gorgeous yarns I had dyed especially.
It was so satisfying to finish this weaving – I haven’t had a lot of making time lately, as I have been focusing on getting the shop full of lots of yarns, ahead of the autumn when I will be dyeing yarn for Yarndale ( more info here) and Stitchfest ( hooray for South West Yarn shows – will I see you there?) . The shop is looking nice and full now, with lots of lovely yarns going live today and tomorrow as well, so maybe I will be able to fit in just a few rows on this baby cardigan tonight – here it is when I started it at Sisterhood a few weeks ago, and sadly it still looks much the same!
Luckily, I have been writing down all the things I want to share with you, and so I hope to be back soon with some posts on my favourite patterns, showcasing a few new bases I have snuck in over the last few months ( have you met Twinkle – sparkly merino nylon in DK – oh my!!) and sharing some new techniques I have been practicing too! But for now, the sun is shining and I have promised the boys a swim in the sea tonight, after they saw this photo of me swimming with the ladies from the last retreat they wont accept my excuses not to join them – and for that I am very grateful, because it really is lovely!