In my defence, I was left unsupervised

The boyfriend and I went to Dunoon again at the weekend, and no trip is truly complete without a visit to Jinty & Baa. I thought he would come in to the shop with me, but he insisted that I go in alone while he got some drinks from the cafe next door.

Insisted.

So in I went and instantly got distracted by all the beautiful colours and pretty new yarn. We’ve now reached the point that the owner recognises me (even with a mask on) so we had a chat about what’s happened since I was last there, and the new yarn and fabric that had come in.

And then before I knew it I had these three pretties to take home with me.

The big blue chonk is Rico creative Melange aran wonderball. It’s a whole 200g of wool/acrylic blend that I’m already planning to make into a top for myself.

This here is one of the rare cases when I went for fibre content over colour.

I didn’t particularly like any of the colourways in stock, but I am keen to try some sock yarn with cotton so I went for it. This is Schoppel Boots, which is 44% superwash wool, 42% cotton, and 14% nylon.

It also has this accurate warning on the label:

And then a pretty little bundle of fat quarters caught my eye and just jumped into my hands. I was powerless to resist.

And that’s the story of how I added to stash mountain AGAIN. But I think we can all agree it’s the Boyfriend’s fault for leaving me unsupervised in a yarn shop 😉

Hannah

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ICHF Christmas craft show 2019

A few weeks ago my Mum came up under the guise of visiting her favourite daughter (so I keep telling myself), but really to go to the ICHF Christmas Craft Show at the SECC. Of course she bought a ticket for me as well, because she is the best Mum in the world.

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I did try to get some photos as we went around, but my camera + the odd lighting in the SECC means that none of them are worth using up my WordPress media allowance for. So, you’ll have to use your imagination for a few minutes.

The Craft Show is an annual event, but Mum and I don’t make it every year. I remember last time being very heavily geared toward papercraft, so much so that I was getting rather bored by the time we reached the other side of the exhibition hall, as it was all the same kind of thing.

But this year was so varied, I wish I’d started saving a little earlier so I could have splashed out on more of my hobbies! Especially patchwork; there were so many fabric stands this time, with huge rolls of beautiful fabrics, fat quarters, jelly rolls, cut-offs, and soooo much more I wish I could have bought!

There were also a few different yarn vendors, a couple of diamond art stands, and lots of beautiful pre-made jewellery to buy.

But enough typing – let’s get on to the goodies!

I knew going in that I wanted a jumper-quantity of some special yarn, anything DK or thicker because I’m not going through the Flax Light experience again any time soon. The first couple of yarn stands had pretties (obviously) but nothing that really jumped out at me. Then I spotted this pack of loveliness:

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This is Yaya 100% superwash merino wool. Super chunky, loosely spun, plain purple from a distance but close up you can see the tiny flecks of pink, blue, and red.

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Then I lifted that pack up and underneath it was another one almost the same colour as my Flax Light but a touch more toward the blue end of the spectrum. I wanted them both. I could not afford them both. I dithered for so long that the stall owner offered me a discount, and I looked so pleadingly at Mum that she bought one pack for my Christmas present. That was the greeny-blue pack so I don’t have photos, as I’m not allowed it until Christmas.

It’s quite a while since I made any cards, but I was still unable to resist a pack of pretty toppers.

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And this red card literally drew me across the aisle towards it.

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Then Mum bought some papercraft grab bags and we divvied them up between us over a latte.

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We also ordered a Stampin’ Up set, but we have to wait for that to be posted out. It’s a magical set that stamps a tartan Christmas tree! Plus the punch to go with it so you don’t have to sit and cut out however many fiddly Christmas trees. I’m super excited to try them out.

I also got some pretty ribbon, because I have an addiction.

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A little chocolate pack for my friend’s baby, who will have to get used to hardly ever receiving presents with her name on.

And there was also an unnecessarily large bag of honey and cinnamon cashews, but they didn’t last long enough to make it into a photograph.

I had such a fun day and I love everything I bought. I can’t wait to get making with all my new supplies!

Hannah

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LYS Day

Last Saturday was suuuuuuuuper busy, but I still found time to celebrate Local Yarn Shop Day with a visit to I Sew 2 and Sealy MacWheely.  They’re not the most local-to-me yarn shops, but they are definitely the friendliest I’ve ever visited so it was more than worth the time and effort to get across and support them.

First up was Sealy MacWheely, which had been re-stocked since my last visit so I was really spoilt for choice. Mothy and The Squid won out this time, when I spotted some Leaf Green Rainbow.

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I had already seen (and fallen in love with) this colourway on Instagram so there’s no way I was going to leave without buying some.

Then my eyes were irresistibly drawn to this pretty:

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It’s called Peacock Flower. Of course my camera can’t handle the reds properly, so that photo is just a hint of how vibrant and warm and beautiful the colours are. I really can’t wait to get this wound up and start making something with it.

And while I was distracted by the oodles of beautiful yarn, these earrings just jumped into my hands! What’s a girl to do?

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Of course I bought them.

As it was a special day I also got a free cupcake, blanket pattern, and pin badge. I thought I had a photo of the badge but I can’t find it right now, so hopefully I can get that added later.

Then I popped across the road to I Sew 2. They were starting to wind down and pack up for the day, so I had a quick look around and settled on some coordinating fat quarters.

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This one is my particular favourite:

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A more accurate picture of the colours

So many pretty, pretty things to play with, I just don’t know where to start! We’ll see what calls to me when I get a proper stretch of crafting time.

Who else treated themselves on Saturday?

Hannah

xXx

I Sew 2

I was doing some research on West Yorkshire Spinners yarn for a blog post, and found myself accidentally clicking on the ‘Stockists’ link and searching for Scotland. Completely by accident, you understand.

And it just so happens that there’s a stockist a mere 5-minute walk from my work! That’s close enough even for my measly 30 minutes of lunch break (yes I am still a bit miffed that I don’t get an hour any more), so that very day I paid them a visit.

I Sew 2 is a cute little shop on Townhead in Kirkintilloch. With a real bell on the door! I love those.

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The light would NOT let me get a good photo

There’s not masses of stock, as about a third of the space is set up for workshops and socials, but they’ve still managed to cram yarn, fabric, ribbons, buttons, and notions in there; enough to fill up my lunch break no problem.

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The owner is super friendly and chatted the whole time I was there, but not in a sales-y way.

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We talked about knitting and crochet (obviously), setting craft budgets and sometimes sticking to them, the pros and cons of knit/crochet groups, patchworking, sewing machine techniques, and all the events that run in the shop.

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I will definitely be going along to the Crochet Chaos social at some point, and I’m all booked in for a 3D needle felting workshop this week.

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Something I learned from the leaflet the owner gave me is that they also work in conjunction with SiMBA, a charity that creates memory boxes for parents who have lost a baby, either pre- or post-natal. The boxes contain a knitted or crochet blanket, butterfly, and stuffed toy – all made by volunteers. There are monthly sessions in the shop to create these donations, which were during the day but after I asked about it they started an evening session as well.

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Back to my visit – I naively planned to just have a look around, see what was on offer in case I ever needed some yarn faster than Love Crochet could deliver it.

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Silly me! 20 minutes is clearly beyond my limit for being around crafting goodies without buying some, especially when there’s a bargain bucket and the words “of course we take card” are involved.

One gorgeous skein was very clearly calling my name and I was powerless to resist as it jumped into my hands. It’s like fuzzy Autumn.

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And then I just had to have this bundle of fat quarters.

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Luckily for my bank balance I stopped with those two, but oh I could have spent so much money in there. If I ever get a working sewing machine again I’ll definitely be back for some of the beautiful fabrics, and in the meantime I get the feeling I’m going to become a regular at the Crochet Chaos socials.

Hannah

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