Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Fibre Flurry 2011

Hello all. It's been a while hasn't it? One of the perils of blogging is that sometimes blog-life meets real life and it's awkward. It's a bit like singing away merrily to yourself and realising someone is standing there listening and you don't know whether to shut up or carry on singing. I'm going to carry on, but quietly, and spare you the air guitar and dance routines from now on.

And I can't disappear as I have things to post about. October means two things on my calendar, Halloween and Fibre Flurry. This year we decided to go as a knit group day out. I got up nice and early, packed my sandwiches and satnav and set off to pick everyone up. Fibre Flurry is held in Kings Norton, Birmingham and it's in it's 2nd year. There are also workshops available, I did one last year but the day was a bit of a rush so this time we just went to shop at the many lovely stalls and chat with nice people. This year the stalls were set out over a bigger area and it wasn't as cramped. I decided to have a quick look around first and decide where I would be spending my budget. I had a tidy up of my Ravelry queue the day before so I knew which projects I wanted to buy for (more about those in the next post) and which colours I was after. When you are met with so many stalls offering beautiful things it is easy to be tempted into buying anything and everything. And I really did not need any more variegated sock yarn!

I ended up buying all of my yarn from Easyknits. They had brought along a striking display of their Deeply Wicked yarns and I was spoilt for choice. It was very busy so I picked up a skein of all the ones that caught my eye and spent an age trying to find the best combination, which of course ended up being the ones I went for first - Mustard Seed and Battleship.

I bought myself some treats from Brownberry Yarns, a Herdy keyring and badge and Hiya Hiya bamboo sock circular. The tiny tea cup stitch marker was from Undercover Owl who had brought along some gorgeous project bags, and also her baby boy who is adorable and watched all the goings on from his sling.

We settled down to do some knitting but one by one made our way back to the stalls for another look and a spend! While I was walking around earlier I had stalked a lady wearing a beautiful shawl. She wrote down the name of it so I could look it up later. It turns out I had seen the pattern on Rav and favourited it before but it had somehow not registered properly till I had seen this one. She had made it in bright green Wollmeise. So it was back to the Easyknits stall with me and I chose this bright teal colour called Siren.

And even though I had sworn blind I wasn't going to buy any more variegated, this was calling to me loudly! I can't resist a rainbow. It's Easyknits Bambino 80% Merino 20% Bamboo and it's so soft. Of course I don't have plans for it, it can stay be a stash pet for now til I decide. I have enough projects on my plate for now anyhow.

There were plenty of stalls selling wonderful yarns but I sort-of managed to stick to my shopping list otherwise I would have definitely come home with some Knitting Goddess. I'm really wishing I'd picked up some of the Bella's Truck 'When Vamipres Knit Socks' yarn. I'd been eyeing it up while I was chatting to the lovely Coopknit. I did get a fab knitting badge and magnet from there though, and also a Christmas decoration from Injabulo whose stallholder told me all about her rescue battery chickens. She had rescued them in the dead of winter and knitted the poor featherless girls some jumpers to wear till their feathers grew back. I'm really hoping to get my own rescue hens next year and I can't wait!

Fibre Flurry is a lovely, friendly event and we're so lucky to have it here in the Midlands. Even though it isn't that far I still made a few navigation errors causing the satnav to put on her angry voice but we got home in the end!

Oh and I had my first Trick or Treaters for the first time inyears. Every year I put Halloween decorations out and buy sweets but never got any knocks on the door. This year I did but they were dressed as scary clowns and as luck would have it, I'm actually petrified of clowns and had to keep reminding myself they were just children behind the masks.

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