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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Additions to the stash pile

Novembers calendar shows plans for two lovely days out on Saturdays to look forward to. 

The first was last Saturday, the 5th, a visit with our craft group to the NEC at Birmingham to the Craft and Hobbies show.  A lovely but tiring day, it was very busy.  

I did buy a couple of new things.  No stitching stuff this time but I did treat myself to something a bit different which I have wanted to try.

A Latvian mitten kit complete with wool, needles in size 1.5mm (so thin) and the chart to have a bash at knitting in different colours.  Never having done this and after a chat with the Latvian stallholder, I plumped for one of the easier designs with only 3 colours.  The red goes round the cuff and the main part is navy and cream. 

Next years plan is to try and leap out of the comfort zone and give this a go and hopefully it will lead to more adventurous knitting in the future.
Another stall that caught my eye was Home Farm Wensleydales  This lovely lady breeds her own sheep in the Cotswolds and has some fabulous wool and patterns on offer.  I chose the rare breed brown Wensleydale wool and she is the only breeder of this here in the UK.  How often can you say that about your knitting, what a special treat.  
A pattern for fingerless mitts together with a skein of the gorgeous wool hopped into my bag.

There seemed to be a mitten theme happening on Saturday!

My friend and I purchased a kit each to share.  I bought a needlefelting kit so we can each make a blue tit as we have not tried this craft before.

She purchased a beaded bauble kit from Spellbound similar to this for us to work on together. 
There were so many wonderful things on show and gifts to buy, lovely food to try and cake decorating to inspect.  Unfortunately, my camera stayed in my bag so no pics of the event itself, it really was too busy to get any decent pics.
A little stitching happening and last week I added the final stitch to the Joyful Word September, still way behind on these but catching up slowly.

Hubby asked for some cosy socks to keep his feet warm in his wellington boots in the garden as the colder weather arrives.  These knitted up quickly being 6 ply and just a plain blue, you don't need fancy stripey socks inside wellies.

This Saturday is the other event on the calendar, the ladies from Needlecraft Haven are meeting for the autumn get together.  I'm looking forward to meeting old friends and new and seeing their work up close and having a fun day out.
Hope all is well with you and life is being kind to you
Blessings to you all


  1. Ooooh lovely purchases from the NEC :-)

    Those socks look very warm and cozy, perfect for inside wellies.

    I'm looking forward to Saturday, I missed the last meet up and it seems ages
    since i saw everyone.

    Take care x

  2. Lovely socks for Hubby and the mitten wool and pattern look interesting, then you need the scarf to match :-)

  3. Great purchases at the NEC! I didn't go this time & went to the Brick Live instead.
    Those mittens look rather sweet, I'm sure you will have great fun making those.
    Great September stitching finish, not long to go now!
    Have fun at the Needlecraft Heaven meet up!!

  4. Wow! Those Latvian mittens are going to be awesome! The Blue Tits will be so sweet. September turned out great Julie. Your husband's socks sure do look warm!

  5. Great new purchases. Have fun making them. Love your hubbies warm socks! Great job with September.

  6. Great finishes and lovely new stash!

  7. I love your new stash! Those Latvian mittens have such a gorgeous pattern.
    Your hubby's socks look toasty warm too.
    Looking forward to Saturday!


  8. Julie what great buys can't wait to see your finish on all your stash.
    Love the blue socks and your stitching , have a lovely Saturday .

  9. Nice stash purchases, love your socks.

  10. Wonderful things to buy..lovely. And I love the finished piece for September. Perfect and very pretty!

  11. You'll enjoy the multicoloured knitting and since you are already a knitter it shouldn't take long to get the hang of it. Great choice for your first attempt. The socks look so cosy and warm. Looking forward to seeing how the felted project turns out.

  12. Nice! A little stitching retreat on the agenda for you! Have a wonderful time!
    And congrats on completing September!!

  13. Lovely purchases from the NEC event. It will be interesting to read your experiences of knitting the Latvian pattern.
    More lovely finishes with the JW SAL and the socks.

  14. What a great day out.I am looking forward to seeing your Latvian mittens.The Wensleydale wool is gorgeous.

  15. November is a very social month for you. I'm glad that you told us the Wensleydale is wool as I would have wondered how you stitch with cheese Wallace!

    Have a great time at th NH meetup.

  16. Great buys from the NEC Julie. I'm looking forward to seeing them being worked on :)

    Those socks looks lovely warm. They'll definitely be needed now the weather has turned so chilly.

    Enjoy Nuneaton.

  17. I didn't get to go to this fabulous show this year but its been nice seeing what you have bought. Last year we made a weekend of it, fingers crossed we can next year.


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