Summer graced us with her presence this last week and what a welcome relief after all that rain! It was a great start to the school holidays. 
Friday night saw the Myrtle family tucked up in bed watching the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. Wow! We loved it, the music, the drama, Mr Bean doing his thing and the Queen sky-diving with James Bond. It was a big thumbs up from the kids!
The week didn’t end nearly so well. Very unfortunately, we were struck by a nasty tummy bug that has laid nearly all of us low for a few days… yuck and double yuck. Thank goodness it was now, not next week, because we’re heading off on holiday and tummy bugs, the long drive to France and camping aren’t the most glorious of mixes.

But, knitting and holidays most certainly are. Outdoor knitting in the sun is just delicious. Unsurprisingly, I’m in something of a dilemma about what to take. I’m keen to finish some of the many many projects on my needles but, at the same time, I’ve got some lovely new yarn and exciting projects lined up…. what to do? Take it all? Mr Myrtle might have something to say about space and time and such things….

While I decide what to do, I thought I’d show you some of the bits I bought at the very muddy but very wonderful Fibre East Festival we visited a few weekends back…


I’m thinking this might be perfect for an Audrey in Unst. It’s Skein Queen’s Enchant, in the Goldwasser colourway, an alpaca (70%), silk (20%), cashmere (10%) blend. Pure luxury.

4ply Mama

These shades of silver and grey are The Knitting Goddess’ hand dyed 4ply yarn, baby alpaca, silk and cashmere, same proportions as the yarn above… I didn’t twig on the day, but obviously it was meant to be. It’s the semi solid silver colourway. I’m thinking a 4ply Mama Vertebrae for this one.

lace weight

And finally, more from The Knitting Goddess. Actually, I’m not sure what I was thinking. This is more laceweight yarn and I’m not having much luck with laceweight lately. My golden Wispi is at the point of being frogged. I know, I know – all that work. But, I woke up one morning recently and decided it wasn’t working. I’m going to have to find something fabulous for the yarn and find new yarn for my Wispi. I’m thinking I’d like a tighter gauge, not so lacey…

Anyhow, back to the beautiful pinks. Hand dyed lace weight yarn in semi solid plum and, whaddayaknow? It’s that same blend of baby alpaca, silk and cashmere again… I’m thinking maybe another GudrunLaar. Maybe.

There is more but with all the post-illness washing to get done I’m keeping this short. I bought some super soft Blue Faced Leicester to spin and the kids spent a fun hour or so in the Ashford Tent carding fleece. They managed to produce a fantastical fleece in blues purples and greens with golden thread running through it. It will be interesting to see how it spins up.

And finally, since we are off on holiday I won’t be popping in for a while. Don’t worry, my needles will keep clicking and hopefully I’ll get my sewing machine dusted off again too. 

I’ll be back in the autumn for more knitterly and sewing fun. 
See you then! X

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