Three hours of knitting later and I was met by: Christine! Sunshine! Yarn! Fibre!
|Market Rainbow on Dorset Horn fibre and Evan's Blue on Shetland, both by Porpoise Fur|
It was a very good day indeed.
My Angelus Novus cardigan met its makers, in the form of the designer Renee (East London Knit):
And the yarn dyer, Helen (The Wool Kitchen):
So exciting to meet at last!
It was amazing to realise how interconnected the yarny world can be, linked as we all are by a common thread (ho ho ho). I introduced Christine to Natalie...who introduced us both to a spinner I know from Ravelry as Couthy Quine... who spun some yarn that I acquired from the p-hop table in York and used to knit a tea cosy... for Christine!
All the famous knit-folks were there: Rachel Coopey (who liked my shoes!), Stephen West, Ysolda, Kate Davies, Gudrun The Shetland Trader, the designers, the dyers, the podcasters... and pretty much everyone was approachable and friendly.
It was very busy in the marketplace, and rather overwhelming in the Bistro /lounge area, so we adjourned to the patio with our coffee and cake (of course).
It was amazingly warm for Scotland in March. Christine and her friend K. set about unravelling my tangled wool. (I had a serious mishap with the ball-winder and swift.)
They both professed to enjoy this - what a treat!
And then we went back in for a second turn around the marketplace.
I may have purchased some yarny supplies :)
Left to right: Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in "Potluck 7", Travel Knitter sock in "Double Happiness", The Wool Kitchen merino / bamboo in "Ground Control" (the second to last skein on her stall!) and the same base in "Punch Drunk".
I had come prepared with a shopping list and a cash-based budget for woolly goodness.
However, the cafe did not accept cards and I had to pilfer from my stash fund to pay for coffee.
So my final, completely essential purchase of a skein of Hedgehog Fibres yarn from Stephen and Penelope was technically an overspend...?
Nah! Not really!
I can definitely justify it on the grounds of personal growth, therapy... or simply blame it on the shop assistant's extraordinarily flattering sales technique: she presented me with a "Style Award for awesomeness in knitwear" (lol) and a free Stephen West knitting pattern book of my choice - ooh, yes please!
I have a plan for everything I bought.
There are just not enough hours in the day to make it happen!
I was up at 6am again today, just because I was so eager to start playing with my new toys.
I am all fired up, full of inspiration and ideas - woo hoo!
In case you were wondering... Hero was home alone all that time. However, FL's golf pal came over to walk him in the middle of the day.
My faithful hound was clearly pleased to see me when I got back - I think he thought I had abandoned him.
An extra doggy treat was administered!