Friday, 29 October 2010

I am bad blogger...update and a Folksy Friday in one!

The blog has been a bit neglected in the last few weeks...naughty me! Alas real life has been keeping me super busy what with hen parties, work, birthdays etc, so I have quite a few bits and bobs to post, as well as a Folksy Friday post too.

I went to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace on the 8th October. Having never been before I was amazed at just how many stalls and stands there were, all full to bursting with yarn, fabric, cross stitch, beads and much much more i.e. heaven! Here's a pic of my purchases from the day.

My little stash includes a ribbon pine cone christmas decoration kit and some 2.75mm circular needles for having a go at knitting a sock in the round on circulars (because dpns just hate me!) as well as some bright and cheerful Regia sock yarn to practice with. As you can see I'm almost done on sock number one - it's not the neatest sock in the work because I was just getting the hang of it, but I really like this way off knitting in the round so I'll definitely be on the look out for some nice sock yarn for my next pair. I also couldn't resisit buying a beadweaving pattern from Heather Kingsley-Heath's beautiful stall - I was very tempted by her Albion stitch books too but they might have to go on my Christmas list instead! My only other purchase of the day was another 2 balls of Sirdar's Indie yarn to finish off the Florence waistcoat pattern I have been knitting out of a recent copy of Let's Knit magazine. Here's the finished piece....quite proud of it, though it could probably do with a bit of blocking - the yarn is lovely and soft though and was really good to knit with.

There have been a few new items listed in my Folksy shop in the last week or so. These include a simple, yet, sophisticated spiral rope bracelet featuring some lovely bright violet silver-lined seed beads and one of my floral bouquet cuffs in a "glittering gunmetal" colourway, which I would love to keep for myself (even though I already have one of these bracelets which is mine!).

And finally, there's time to squeeze in a Folksy Friday post for today too - the theme for this one is 'favourites,' so I have been having a look back at some of the (many!) items I have favourited on Folksy to put together this selection.

Cherryloco Jewellery Nanuk Jewellery
Ali Bali Jewellery Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics
La Belle et la Bete Abstract Cat Crafts

1.) I love the cute whimsy of this necklace by Cherryloco Jewellery with the bunny chasing after a strand of carrots.
2.) This dreamy cluster necklace from Nanuk jewellery features some beautiful paua shell as well as a silver clay dragon which I just adore - this piece is really tempting me (perhaps I should get my boyfriend to read this blog post? hehe)
3.) More jewellery...this time some earrings from Ali Bali Jewellery - I love these for the fantastic patina colours she has achieved in the texturing of these silver clay pretties.
4.) The beautiful oceanic greens and blues of this bowl by Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics just draw you in and would make a fantastic table centrepiece for a special occasion.
5.) Yet more jewellery...a necklace of textured butterflies from La Belle et la Bete - I love the way they are linked together and that the wings are angled to give the impression that a host of silvery butterflies have all just landed on your collarbone.
6.) Now that I can knit socks I can't stop looking at brightly colour sock yarn, hence why I love this hand dyed yarn by Abstract Cat Crafts.

Phew...that was a long post! I am off to the Big Bead Show at Sandown racecourse tomorrow so I hope to have a new post after weekend to tell you all about that.