4 1/2 weeks and counting . .

Ok so there are now four and a half weeks to the Country Living Fair with Kitglobal and to be honest I’m not liking the stress one bit. I had this great plan to add a lot of new designs in the finer Baby Alpaca and worsted cashmere but time flies far too quickly and other things have taken priority. I’m off down south for 2 weeks to teach machine knitting to the lovely degree students at Bucks New University in High Wycombe (I’m sorry hand knitters) , I have a particular soft spot for their course as I worked there for 8 years and the head of the course, the brilliant Ms Fiona Ross is a very good friend of mine. There’s also another design to be done for The Knitter . . .

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Louisa Harding Yarns at duppdupp’s Ebay store

Well the  Knitting & Stitching show was fab but there’s just never enough time to get around everything that catches your eye – and I was there for 2 days. I met the lovely Anne & Anthony from Artisan Yarns, she had some wonderfully jewel coloured yarns all hand dyed plus some amazing laceweight nettle yarn spun on a drop spindle. Talking of yarns there’s some Louisa Harding C’a D’Oro in the duppdupp store on Ebay that you can now make an offer on as opposed to being fixed price – why? Because I’d really like to see the back of it! It’s all at real bargain prices anyway which is less than half price. Someone please relieve me of it . . .

Must read & must do . .

Must read – I love Perri Lewis’ blog makeanddowithperri. Perri LOVES craft in all its guises and as well as tweeting on Twitter she writes about her crafting exploits  in her blog and for The Guardian newspaper (which has a particularly fine craft section). Her blog posts are short, sweet and informative make me chuckle A LOT.

Must do – the Knitting & Stitching Show in London this week at Ally Pally. I’m off down to the smoke to have a nosey around Friday and Saturday

Put down your knitting! . . . .

 . . . . just for 5 minutes though. 

It’s October and that means it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month so ladies & gents ( more rare but it does happen ) put your pins down and take the time to check your breasts –  if you’re not sure how here’s a wee link to Breast Cancer Care. It’s been 5 years since I was diagnosed and thankfully I was lucky  to have been supported by the amazing people at the Maggie’s Centre here in Edinburgh both during and after treatment. There are lots of blogs about or inspired by the disease and here’s just one from – The Knitting Experience in Maine, USA  –  that caught my eye.

Get your boobs checked then get back to your knitting, I am . . .