Thursday, March 02, 2006

Skipping North

I had a good time at Skip North even if I was like a zombie on the last day due to lack of sleep. I spent most of the weekend hanging around with Toady (my secret secret pal ), Ruth, Sue and another Sue who is for the moment blogless. We all spent the weekend travelling on a mini-bus touring Yorkshire's yarn outlets & other desireable jaunts.

First stop for me was Coldspring on Friday afternoon, before I got to the Youth Hostel, where I bought a 510g cone of Silky Tweed for 2 pence per gram.

On Friday afternoon Lixie & Nickerjac ran some workshops so we could all learn some new skills. Under Lixie's careful tution I created these:

Stitch Markers
Stitch Markers


I didn't have time to finish one pair (middle sm) but DH has been a total sweetie & bought me a set of pliers to do them at home so there will be a pair soon.

Nickerjac very patiently tried to teach me to spin with a drop spindle but I wasn't very successful. To be honest I was useless & now have far more respect for those knitters who can spin their own yarn.

At The Skep on Saturday I got these beauties:


Pink Pencil Roving
Pink Pencil Roving


Green Pencil Roving
Green Pencil Roving


Blue varigated machine washable DK wool
Blue varigated machine washable DK wool


The roving was £4 for a 200g hank & the blue varigated 50p for 50g - yes that's 2p & 1p per gram! The blue wool isn't dyed perfectly but as it's a varigated yarn it looks ok. Can anybody guess what I've started with it?

Next we went to Bombay Stores. I can't do dress making so didn't go mad on fabric but I couldn't resist this beautiful silk:

silk
silk


I also got some beads to make my own stitch markers:

beads
Long colourful beads


beads
Purple egg shaped beads


After that we went to the Knitting & Crochet Guild in Holmfirth

I was amazed at the 'Yarn Mountain'- masses of yarn for, yes you've guessed it - 1p a gram! I was quite restrained here as I was aware of storage limtations at home & conscious that I already have plenty of yarn but had to get these as DD loves black & red:

Rowan Cork
Rowan Cork


Jaeger oddments
Jaeger oddments


The Jaeger Baby Merino will be ideal for booties. The green/red 4ply varigated yarn in the middle was another bargain from the The Skep & will be used for socks.

Opal Silk Sock Yarn
Opal Silk Sock Yarn


This Opal Silk was also a bargain at only £6.50 for 100g.
I managed to get the following books which I had been trying to buy for ages: Last Minute Knitted Gifts, Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac & Cat Bordhi's 'A Treasury Of Magical Knitting'. As a member of the Knitting & Crochet Guild I got a 10% discount on the Opal Silk and books. I also had a brief look at some of the Guild's collection on antique knitted & crocheted items & they were wonderful.

On Sunday morning we went to Wingham Wool Works in Wentworth - all I can say is WOW! I was pretty good & didn't buy any yarn but I did treat myself to these:

Merino roving
Merino roving


Rainbow Merino Roving
Rainbow Merino Roving


Which with the aid of these I want play & learn Needle Felting

It was definately worth going & I enjoyed being with other knitters talking yarn & also not being a wife or mother for a few days. I didn't get a lot of sleep which marred it a bit & so was glad that I didn't have a very long journey home.

Lixie & Nickerjac are already talking about organising another trip next year - so I'd better get on & use up some of my stash!

7 comments:

Daisy said...

Wow what lovely yarn and other things. Wish I could have gone. Yarn for 1p a gram. Drool Drool Drool...

p said...

that is an AMAZING! haul :)

Tracy said...

Such pretty things to bring home, resistance was futile obviously ;)
That blue yarn is electric, even if it's not dyed properly and who could tell?

Nickerjac said...

What beautiful photos, and great stitch Markers.

susoolu said...

And you call that a restrained shop! (Although in comparison to some of the others...) Great photos too - particularly like the ladle shot.

RoxyKnits said...

Wow that is some haul. I am suitably impressed! Haven't been on a decent SEX for a little while.....

Surprised the RSPCA offered you chinchillas, but kind of understand why. I think a lot end up unwanted and in shelters as they are not cuddly creatures like rabbits say and are extremely destructive! We have 2 HUGE cages that were definitely not cheap to buy. The brothers are in one and Chilli on his own. They need an awful lot of space too so only 2 in a cage max. Chilli and Roo can't be anywhere near each other either as they fight terribly. Luckily Roxy gets on with everyone. Bless ;)

Annarella said...

Your purchases are fantastic, especially the pink pencil roving, that must be my favourite. Hope I'll be able to join you next year! (Must start saving up!!)