Do you ever feel like you lead a double life? You do quite sensible things during the day, perhaps even a little bit serious. But by night you create. You knit, crochet, sew and bake. No one really knows, apart from a fabulous on-line community. Well I must admit that I frequently feel that. It is not often that I am able to have a full and frank conversation about crochet or even blogging. A conversation that combines the two is like gold dust.
Last Saturday I had a fabulous opportunity to spend a day with my fabulous Stylecraft Blogstar friends. There was a similar get together last summer, which I unfortunately missed. Not this time my friends – no fear. I live relatively near to Stylecraft’s headquarters so it was a simple hop and a skip over the Pennines to meet the group.
In this photo you can spot, Jane (Jane Crowfoot), Phil (The Twisted Yarn), Sarah (Annaboo’s House), Heather (The Patchwork Heart), Julia (Hand Knitted Things), Lucy (Attic 24), Helen (The Woolly Adventures Of A Knitting Kitty), Me, Sandra (Cherry Heart), Lucia (Lucia’s Fig Tree), and Kathryn (Crafternoon Treats).
The beautiful factory mill studio was beautifully prepared with drinks and snacks. Each of us had a prepared bag of new season yarns and brand new colours for the Spring/Summer season. I must admit I was a little star-struck. Let’s face it I was in the company of some pretty big blogging names. You will be happy to know that everyone is as chatty, friendly and generous as you would hope. Can you spot me looking a little smug and soaking it all in? I am surveying the range of yarn greatness. Look if you know your knitterati, you will know that admiring that blanket are Lucy, Jane and Sarah. Eeeeek!
Show and Tell
We spent the morning looking at the new yarns and the patterns which are available for this season. I particularly like Jeanie, which is an aran weight yarn and has that classic denim look, but is very soft and surprisingly light. I am currently thinking about what I might create.
We had a great time catching up and getting to know each other better. Then chatted about hints and tricks for social media. Both Lucia and Heather had brought some of their gorgeous blankets to show and tell. We all ‘oooed’ and ‘aaahhed’ over the designs and colours.
In the afternoon we had a go at Tunisian crochet, taught by the gorgeous Sophie. I just love this photo above. Can you sense the concentration! There was almost silence in the room. If you ever think it takes you a while to pick up new stitches. Then have a look at this photo. We all took time to get our flow with our new Tunisian crochet hooks.
I must say that I had a wonderful day. A mind full of laughter and inspiration. I can’t wait for the next time! Thank you so much to the Stylecraft team – the gorgeous and generous Annabelle, Juliet, Sophie and Charlotte, for making us so welcome and making lots of lovely hot drinks. Thank you also to Sophie, Helen and Phil for the fab photos.