Unravelled for 2013

Having had a pretty anxious build up over a number of weeks Unravel took place over the weekend and was…… simply brilliant. It was great to meet up with old friends like Suzie from The Wool Sanctuary & Fiona from High Fibre as well as putting faces to online names from both Twitter and Ravelry.

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 I had a great space up in the Tannery which was complete with grand piano (no I wasn’t taking requests) and having set up on Friday afternoon I had plenty of time to work up the nerves for my first live ‘Ask Jeanette’ session on Saturday afternoon. I’m not sure if it’s possible to O/D on Rescue Remedy but as they were 3 for 2 at Boots the previous week I thought I’d have a go… to cope with my nerves. I needn’t have bothered. Thanks to the support of Amy, Lynsey & Fiona at Farnham Maltings plus the lovely ladies who attended, the hour not only went quickly but I REALLY enjoyed it. It was wonderful to answer queries and exchange ideas in a live format with like minded knitters who simply love the craft so ‘thank you’ to all who were in attendance. I soon calmed down and it all went smoothly though I should apologise for my slightly rambling description of a toe up sock – the Rescue Remedy had obviously started to wear off by that stage. 

Back in the Tannery I loved hearing the oohs and aahs from visitors as they felt their way through my yarn range. I think the Chunky Baby Alpaca got the most comments of ‘it’s SOOO soft’ whilst the Uppandoon Scarf was a great hit both in pattern and kit form.

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Despite promising myself that I’d get in early before the show opened to have a proper look around (and more importantly shop) my only purchase was from Jeni Barnett whose needle felted creatures were so exquisite I couldn’t resist buying a kit as a gift (can’t say who it was for, she may be reading this).

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Elsewhere in the Tannery there was Helen from Woolly Chic selling British wool kits for knitting & crochet, Eliza Conway and her vintage knitting finds and my next door neighbour Ruth from Rock & Purl (plus lovely hubby Brian) who had designs AND tea on tap. 

Over the whole weekend I was very happy to see the legendary Sasha Kagan, the lovely Jennie Atkinson, Sarah from The Undercover Owl, Anna from OneHandKnits and twitterers @pompommag, @artesanojen, @fiona_cw, @julietbernard, @jenacknitwear, @veuftricot, @katestwirl and just when I was starting to flag on Saturday afternoon I got the hug of my life from bigbagmomma1. It was well timed, thanks.

If you didn’t get to Unravel enjoy the pictures, I’m sorry there aren’t more but it went so quickly. I hope to see you there next year

J x

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