Today I went to WonderWool Wales in Builth Wells with my lovely friend Lowri. We arrived just after it opened and our first stop was the Alterknitive stand to visit two of my Stitch and Bitch ladies, Becca and Rachell. Their stand looked fab, complete with 'knicker bunting' which we all contributed to, and they seemed to be doing really well. We walked around all of the stands, and one of the highlights for me was the Toft Alpaca Shop stand, with two of their beautiful Alpacas!
They were really quite charming and made a very sweet noise that sounded like a kitty - I hope that meant that they were happy, they were certainly very popular!
I'm so inspired by all of the beautiful things that I've seen today, and I picked up a fair bit of information to have a look at this evening...
I only bought a couple of things while I was there...
A beautiful brooch from Mud Rabbit made from a vintage embroidered sheet. These are some of my favourite colours at the moment so it seemed like a good choice. There were lots of other pretty things on their stall, including notebooks, pin books and purses! It was all really quite lovely!
I also bought some wool - it would have been a bit odd to come home from a yarn and fibre festival without any wool so I thought I'd better get some! This is 100% wool, and again in some of my favourite colours. I'm not totally sure what I'm going to do with it, but whatever it ends up being, it will be a reminder of our lovely day!
I thought I would share some links to some of my favourite stands...
My goodies this week weren't so much found as given - there's a very nice lady that visits my stall and she brought me a big bag of bits and bobs yesterday morning. It was very kind of her, she has arthritis in her hands and has had to give up crafting, but didn't want her stash of yarn and buttons to go to waste. It's really sad, but she's surprisingly upbeat about it all. I will do my best to make good use of it, it was really kind of her to think of me.
I haven't had a chance to look through the buttons yet - that will be my treat on Wednesday when I've finished my 'to-do' list!
It's only Tuesday, and it's already been a very fun and eventful week!
On Sunday evening we went to see the Lemonheads in Wolverhampton...
It's the third time I've seen the Lemonheads/Evan Dando, and it was fab as always!
On Monday I spent the afternoon with my buddy Darren, and I had quite a haul from the charity shops...
"The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga
"Faithfull" by Marianne Faithfull
Three Jesus and Mary Chain 7" singles, a Sundays 7" single and a Sleeper cassette
Three balls of lovely green yarn for my chevron blanket
and a cute little ceramic pooch to be shelf buddy with my other new dog!
In the evening hubby and I went along to the World Book Night Party at our lovely local independent bookshop Booka. We had a fab time - we had a giggle completing a quiz, enjoyed some book readings (from "Sherlock Holmes" and "The Woman in Black") and had a choice of five books from the World Book Night Givers - I chose "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and I'm already 170 pages into it!!
We had a really good time, it was really nice catching up with friends and chatting about books! When we got home my lovely husband passed me the shopping bag with our Book Night books in it, and there was an extra paper bag...
And this was what was in it!! I can't wait to get started - I want to make a triceratops first!!
Here are my first thirty Granny a Day squares, I really love them! I'm enjoying the challenge of making new squares, and I've learnt some new techniques and stitches as I go along, which was the whole point really!
Square twenty-one - from this pattern with some adaptations!
Square twenty-two - from here
Square twenty-three - from here
Square twenty-four - from here
Square twenty-five - from here
Square twenty-six - from here with an adaptation on the outside round (I'd be happy to share how I did it if anyone wants to know!)
Square twenty-seven - from here
Square twenty-eight - Motif #117 from "Beyond The Square crochet motifs" book
Square twenty-nine - Motif #100 from "Beyond The Square crochet motifs" book
Square thirty - Motif #105 "Beyond The Square crochet motifs" book
The details for the first twenty squares can be found here, and to see everyone else that's playing along with Granny a Day pop over to see lovely Pip at Meet Me at Mike's!
It's been another rainy day, so I've been quietly working on my chevron blanket, popping some music onto my phone to listen to tomorrow, drinking tea, and snuggling up to various kitties. It's my favourite way to spend a rainy day!
I had a nice long list of things to make this morning, mostly catching up with replacing what has sold recently, but I also decided I would try out some designs that have been in my head (and sketchbook) for quite a while now! Firstly this necklace...
Budgie with his mirror!
And a fancy new cameo, using the same design as the budgie's mirror for the background. I'm planning to make this in lots of different colours, I think it's quite sweet. So it's been a productive day of making!
I must confess that I never got on very well with ceramics when I was at uni. I hated the idea of putting something in a kiln and just hoping that it wouldn't blow up. I admit it, I'm a big 'fraidy cat, and I wimped out. But as a result of my insight into the workmanship and skill that goes into it, I've always had a huge amount of respect for people that work with ceramics, and I have spent quite a lot of admiring the Chinese Ceramics gallery in room 95 of the British museum.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the collections of very beautiful porcelain, they are all so elegant, and although most of the time I am drawn to bright colours, I found the bright white and the plain surfaces really inspiring!
There were also fantastically decorative pieces - I found the bowl on the right on the British Museum website, it is described as openwork trellis from the Ming dynasty 1573-1620 and I assume the others are similar (there are nearly 1000 items under the category of Chinese White Ware, I can live with the assumption!), they really are stunningly detailed!
I visited the British Museum yesterday, having tagged along with hubby's latest meeting, and had a jolly nice day out!
I went to Chester in the week to see my lovely friend Amy - she has curated her very first exhibition in the Cheshire Military Museum, so I went along to have a peep, but I had a little bit of time beforehand to have a look around the charity shops! After my success at Camden Market last week, I didn't really expect to have any luck in this week, but I actually did pretty well!
I got both of my favourite finds in one shop - first I found this lovely pinafore dress. It is really pretty and has a subtle pinstripe. It also has buttons on the strap and the pocket, which I am planning to change for nice bright multi-coloured loveliness!
And as I was in the process of paying for my dress I spotted this top. It doesn't look like much on the hanger I must admit, but it's very sweet and very flattering, and looks rather cute with jeans.
So I've been very lucky this week! I wore the pinafore to my stall on Friday with my mustard cardigan, flowery Dr Marten boots and blue leggings and it really did look super!
For more Flea Market Finds, pop over to see Sophie Isobel at Her Library Adventures!
I have had several complaints regarding the lack of photographs from my shopping trip to Camden Market on Tuesday, so here is my haul....
Two dress tops
My lovely cardigan with strawberry buttons, and a close-up of the little flower detail on the collar...
And my favourite purchase, my gorgeous purple satchel!
It's really quite beautiful, and I've already been asked by three people if I can pick one up for them next time I'm on my travels! I love the fact that it's veggie friendly too, it makes me very happy!
My holiday from online shenanigans is over, and I'm safely installed in my stall today and catching up with everything! We had a lovely three-day break in London, just to make sure that we both really did have some time off, and we had a very jolly time...
We went to Tate Britain on Sunday, and stumbled across the Real Food Market on the South Bank as we took a detour walking back to Covent Garden, where there were the usual fantastic street performers, and I happened to look the right way and spotted Rob Ryan's contribution to The Big Egg Hunt! It's lovely!
On Monday we took shelter from the rain in the Natural History Museum, where we saw the Gunther Von Hagens Body Worlds Animal Inside Out Exhibition, which was amazing (and not at all icky, which I had feared!), and we wandered over to the Science Museum and the V&A. Later on we went to the movies to see "21 Jump Street" (it's silly, but entertaining).
And yesterday we went to Tate Modern for the Alighiero Boetti "Game Plan" exhibition and the Damien Hirst retrospective, which has elements that really are quite unpleasant, but it's still a very interesting exhibition, and we particularly enjoyed seeing the diamond encrusted skull "For the Love of God", which is in the Turbine Hall. We finished up our break with a trip to Camden Market, where I picked up an olive green cardigan with a lace collar, two dress tops and a purple vegetarian satchel, something I've been wanting for a long while!
So today I am working my way through orders and emails, and catching up with my blog feed, as well as keeping busy in my stall! I've also got a half-finished Granny square to work on...no rest for the wicked as they say!
I haven't had a huge amount of time for thrifty shopping again this week, but I did find a few books on my travels here and there...
Charles Dickens "Great Expectations"
Angela Carter "The Bloody Chamber"
Michel Faber "The Crimson Petal and the White"
and Aimee Bender "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake"
I finished "Starter for 10" by David Nicholls on Friday night - it was a really good read. I'm going to start "Life Before Man by Margaret Atwood next. I'm going to be taking a short break from my online activities over Easter, but I'll be back on Wednesday!
For more Flea Market Finds pop over to see Sophie Isobel at Her Library Adventures!