Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Woolfest Stash

And here is my stash, I was quite restrained this year but am looking forward to getting some of the projects I've brought for cast on.

Firstly my Kindred Knitters bag stuffed full of my goodies, there is a vest top too but that's in the wash already.
Kindred Knitters Bag
next is my Fyberspates Sparkle in Blackberry (more bootsocks on the way), the colour likeness is better on the first photo but you can see the sparkle on the second.
Fyberspates Sparkle Blackberry
Fyberspates Sparkle Blackberry
I also got some Fyberspates BFL from the bargain basket which is destined to become a bag of one sort or another.
Fyberspates BFL
Then there is sock yarn from Ripples in the SAM colourway. I'd got Dropone to put this aside for me so I could have a look at it as Woolfest and it is just as gorgeous in real life as in it's picture so I had to get it.
Ripples SAM
Ripples SAM Detail
I also got some Fortissima 6ply for bootsocks, should be a nice quick TV knitting pair as the yarn will look fab in plain stocking stitch.
Fortissima Socka Color
Finally there is some Schoppel Wolle Zauberball, this is worth getting just for the way it is balled up! However I love the colour changes it gives too.
Schoppel Zauberball
Do you think my sock addiction shows? ;)


Well I made it there! There were a few points when we thought that it was't going to happen including a last minute scare last week but DH got everything sorted and after dropping the kids at school and Bean off with the wonderful "Glow" I packed the car and headed over to Sarah's to pick her up.
We stopped off on route at the "Mushroom" services.
Sarah and the Mushroom
Looks impressive but the coffee was terrible so we won't be going back next year.

Then it was onto Woolfest itself. It was of course fantastic and it was brilliant to see so many people from last year and to see all that yarn and yarny stuff. I'll do the list of stash seperately or this will be a ridiculously long post.
Once at the site Lottie put the tent up with just a little help and then finished getting herself ready ;)
Lottie getting ready
Then we sat down to chill out and chat, one of the best things about camping is that we can sit with lots of friends. It was a fab evening and just for Lottie - your tree ;)
Lotties Tree
Next morning it was back to Woolfest where we looked a sheep
Horny Sheep
and generaly relaxed and shopped. I brought more sock yarn and also some BFL for making a bag and some lace weight in a knot for DH so untangle cos he reckons that he likes doing that. And of course I got to see lots of people and chat.
Lottie tried out a couple of spinning wheels
Lottie Spinning
Once we were shopped and chatted out we went back to the campsite. Then Sarah, Lottie, Nic and I went out for a meal (and very nice it was too) before settling down back at the campsite for more chatting.
Tonight Sarah was ready for the midges though
Sarah ready for the midges
Nic Knitting
And then Sunday morning it was sadly time to pack up and go home. It was nice to get back home though and I think I had been missed
Banner and DS1's Poster
Not only did I return to a Welcome Home banner and poster but there was also tea waiting for me
Welcome Home Tea
and a lovely cake made by DH with a little help from DD
Welcome Home Cake
Looking forward to next year now :) anyone know any good campsites?


One of DH's collegues this year turns out to be very good at Mehndi so I couldn't resist getting some done. Isn't it pretty?
My Henna
I will definatly be getting more.

Rally of the Midlands

Earlier this month Hinckley played host to the special stage of the Rally Of The Midlands. They ran the special stage last year at the councils car park but we couldn't go because of my working evenings. However this year as I am not working with booked Nannie to sit for DD and Bean and took DS1 down to watch some of the cars go through. We all had a fab time. It's a fairly small rally so lots of locals and and historic cars.
DS1 at the Rally
Rally Evening
Rallying Aston
I'm hoping that next year we can get to some of the other local stages too.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Interior Designer Anyone?

Bean spent a very happy and quiet hour working on my decor
Interior Design 2
Interior Design 1
Meet The Designer
By the time he had finished there were lolly sticks everywhere! But it did make him very happy.

Flash Floods and Hail

When I came back from my Mum's on Monday afternoon I caught in the most horrid storm or so I though till I got into Burbage and discovered that I had in fact been lucky and had missed all the hail. It was inches deep on some drives, all the drains were backed up and in several places there was flooding right across the roads.
Flash Floods
Hail in June

A Weekend For The Miffy's

Just a couple of pics from the weekend. The weather was gorgeous (shame it couldn't have swapped with the weekend before) so we made the most of it and got out and about.

We went into town on Saturday and then called in at the Fire Station Open Day on the way home. All three kids had a go on the round about, Bean's first time on one,
Beans First Ride
and DS1 played the hero and rescued the teddies from the smoke house.
Rescued Teddies
And then to round the day off we had a BBQ in the garden.

On Sunday we got the gazebos out the garage and put them up in the garden so DH could bring his work out and we all spent the day in the garden again.
Felix's Hiding Place
We all had a really restful weekend and it was lovely to spend time all together with all the work DH has had to put in this year restful weekend have been few and far between so it is definitely worth celebrating them when they turn up.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Brilliant Day!

Well what a brilliant day we had!

I overslept of course, given the serious lack of sleep in the week before that was no surprise but I was still just about ready when Lottie arrived to pick me up.

We got to the Bull Yard at about 8:15, of course it was pouring down and everything was rather wet but we battled on and unpacked the car which was stuffed full of yarn and fibre and stuff for the stall. Once Sarah arrived she organised the stall got it looking fab. Loads of bright yarn and fibre to brighten up the morning. Thankfully Sarah had brought lots of tarpaulin so we were able to create a nice cosy corner for ourselves and stay reasonably dry.

The fantastic "Babylonglegs" banner which looked brilliant!
Getting Set Up
The finished stall
All Set Up
and my socks on display :)
My Socks!
And then the knitterly folks started to arrive and pretty soon the front of the stall looked like this
Busy Busy Busy
Busy Busy
And it stayed that way for the whole morning. We met so many lovely people and it was fab to talk to everyone. I'm afraid I am terribly with names so I can't tell you very many of the people I met and I have no photo's to speak of cos the only time I got to take photos was the moments when there weren't so many folk around. However the lovely Mrs Flowerpot stopped by several times and she has a photo of Sarah and I which she has very kindly let me share with you.
Me and Sarah
Sadly it rained for much of the day, sometimes very hard but that didn't seem to stop people coming and enjoying themselves and buying lots judging from all the stuffed bags that were being carried about and how many bags we passed out to people. The pigeons didn't seem to keen on the weather though!
Hiding From The Rain
I didn't get much time to walk round but to be honest this didn't bother me at all as I was having such a fun time with Babylonglegs. I did manage to do some shopping though.

James wandered by with some Colinette Point 5 he'd brought from Knitting 4 Fun which sent me running to get some to go with the 3 skeins I already have. I got an extra in Dusk and 4 in Velvet. These are destined to be a blanket/throw for me but I probably won't get to start it until later in the year.
Dusk Point 5
Velvet Point 5
I also got a skein of Sparkle from Fyberspates the colourway is Beech or possible Beach, I don't know cos there wasn't a label for my skein but either way it's a lovely colour and I'm looking forward to knitting with it. For those who haven't seen Sparkle it is rather clever sock yarn with 2% silver in it. I'm not sure the silver shows too well in the photo but it does catch the eye nicely in real life.
Sparkle Sock Yarn
Sparkle Sock Yarn - Detail
Nic of Nicsknots fame was there and had done some special bags for Sarah and of course this meant two of my favourite things came together, Nic's sock project bags and fabric with skulls on so I just had to have one. Isn't it great!
Skulls Project Bag
And naturally I couldn't come away without some Babylonglegs sock yarn. However as this is for a gift I shan't be able to post any pics yet. It is gorgeous though.

So despite the weather it was a brilliant day, I just wish we could do it all again next year, sadly Scotland is just too far away.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Proud Mummy Moment

Proud Mummy Moment
Originally uploaded by Miffy's Knitting

My little man here with his football medal and certificate.

The school coach runs sessions during the holidays and he was determined to do all three days this half term. He loved every minute of it.

At the end of the three days all the kids get a certificate and a medal is given to one child in each age group. I was so proud when DS was called out. He got his medal for always trying hard :) as did the kids from the other two age groups. I especially like that it doesn't matter whether they were good just that they tried hard.

He can't wait now for the summer holiday sessions.