A drive by posting

Lots of little things to tell you but no time to do it in – isn’t that always the way? So here we go with a quick fire update as I fly between different pieces of work and various responsibilities.
easter collage

Top Row: I had a wonderful Easter holiday with the children including a visit to Bristol to see my sister  and her family, making mosiacs with my wonderful friend Terry (this was my six year old’s handiwork!) and a visit to the zoo with my parents. (I took each of their first selfies but I’m not allowed to post them – whats a selfie for if not to brandish around the web?!)

Middle Row: I got my mugs back from my wonderful day learning to throw pottery at Rachel Dormor’s studio. I am so so pleased with the results. I had no experience of ceramics at all and had never thrown on a wheel. This is a big 40by40 tick!

Bottom Row: I dyed my hair purple (another 40by40 project) but it didn’t take very well despite the ends being bleached to white (also a 40by40 tick – can you tell time is running short?!) so I chopped it all off. I’ve been busy getting all my project bags nicely labelled up with my sew in labels (you have to practice what you preach!) and I have two new designs in the shop too – already proving popular.

This week I am catching up on emails and getting the files tidied up to do the second print run of The Shawl Project book. We found a couple of small errors in the first print run. If you got a copy at Edinburgh then please email me (notsogranny at gmail dot com) and I will send you a printable errata slip. If you have the e-book an update will be published very soon and you will automatically recieve it. Kat and I are really sorry this has happened, we write and check our patterns very carefully but mistakes still slip though.

Talking of The Shawl Project – if you fancy making a shawl or scarf or any neckwear really then Sarah over at Crafts from the Cwtch has a fab make-a-long for both knitters and crocheters. Quite a few people are going to make something from the book and we are offering a discount on the ebook for people joining in. Follow the link to read an interview with me and grab the code (valid until 1st May 2015).

I’m also working quietly away on my next release – I’ve already fallen in love with it. (hint: stash a sweaters worth of Eden Cottage Yarn Milburn 4ply in your favourite colour!)

I am practically living at The Sheep Shop in the next fortnight or so! Do come and visit me there and learn something amazing…

10-1pm Saturday 18th April Vintage Crochet Edgings £25
– its a lovely class where we learn some pretty trims and edgings you can use to jazz up knitting, crochet or just make on their own to trim shelves, jars, pillow cases – anything really! You need to know the basic stitches but even relative beginners can enjoy it. There are four places left on this one.

1.45-4.45 Saturday 18th April Granny Squares and Beyond £25
If you are quick you can bag the last spot on this very perennially popular class and start the habit so next winter you can snuggle under a blanket you made. Who knows, you might even finish in time to picnic on it this summer!

6.30-7.30 Tuesday 21st April – Blocking Masterclass £5
Learn how to make your knitting and crochet look as perfect as it does in the books and magazines. Loads of tips and tricks and get 10% off blocking equipment on the night. Last few places.

May 2nd is yarn shop day and I will be going along to give a talk – details to be announced soon.

If you want to come along to any of these things please contact the shop on 01223 311268.

Anyway, back to the email grindstone!