Thursday, June 28, 2012

I'm back!

Unlike my last big trip, this one was full of fibre highlights. The weather in Dublin was shocking - it was colder than in Melbourne, so I bought myself some laceweight and went and had a beer.
The we went to Portugal, where they sell yarn by weight - unlabelled, but lovely, and super, super cheap. I bought nearly a kilogram of yarn for a jumper for Leon. I ended up posting that back sea mail, which is good because I did quite a lot of shopping later on. I wanted to get a picture of the yarn shop there, but they didn't speak English, and were not overly friendly, so I thought I had better not.
I met up with Jen  in London and she took me on a yarn crawl. It was lovely to see her, and the yarn shops were amazing.

Then I went to Cockermouth and met up with Nicola and her sister Rachel , whose blog I read. It was amazing to see Nicola and so nice to meet Rachel in real life, although I feel like I sort of know her already. Woolfest was amazing. There were some sheep there, but it was more about all the amazing yarn.  So much prettiness! I bought two jumpers worth of British breeds Aran and quite a lot of hand dyed lace and sock weight.

 












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One highlight was meeting Kate Davies, who is not just a talented designer, but so lovely as well.
Seeing her sample garments made me want to knit everything she has every designed, starting with Warriston, which I did buy the yarn for. 
We spend four days in the Lake district and there were sheep EVERYWHERE. I don't know what breed most of them were, but there was a large variety. Tomorrow I'll tell you about the lovely knitting I did while I was away, but right now I need to go unpack.

3 comments:

  1. Oh my, you have a photo of yourself with Nicola and Kate Davies! How awesome! It looks like you had a great trip, looking forward to catching up

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  2. Did I mention how much I loved seeing you? Please come back soon :-)

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  3. What a wonderful trip! Meeting Kate Davies, I am so jealous. Those sheep in the picture are Herdwicks. I can't wait to see your holiday yarn. Welcome back.

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