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GSoY 2012: Yarn! Fibre! Shinies!

A big part of the School of Yarn is of course the marketplace. So many independent dyers and sewers… so many lovely products! While I was planning on getting some bits and pieces, I didn’t want to go too crazy (I swear that putting a bunch of fibre nutters in the same room equals trouble). So I did plan a bit before hand.

With a bit of assistance (thanks Mum!), and a long poke around my existing stash and my favourites list on Ravelry, I opted to try to get yarn to knit up a Colour Affection shawl.  Mum also wanted to get some yarn too and chose a crocheted version of the same shawl. I had some suitable lace weight yarns in my stash – so the aim was to use these as one of the three colours needed.

Enter the swatch card.

Slightly obsessive, but well worth it. It meant I could work out exactly what I needed (and more importantly match the already existing stash).

So off I set, swatch card in hand – found what I needed for the shawl and then restraint got… well thrown out the window. I learnt to spin with a drop spindle earlier this year… and well, fibre is a dangerous area. I did get a lot of pretties though! Yarns from The Yarn Cake, The Yarn Yard and Old Maiden Aunt, as well as fibre from HillTopCloud.

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GSoY 2012: The Mackintosh Church

Amazingly, despite living in Glasgow for nearly ten years, I’ve never been to the Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross. I didn’t get to go to the Glasgow School of Yarn last year thanks to teaching commitments so this year I was determined to go.

I’ll post on the classes and shopping later, but the first area I want to focus on is the venue. The building is amazing. I have a soft-spot for Art Deco to start with, so I am a bit biased, but still – who couldn’t be impressed with this?

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Here We Go Again….

Another blog. Note the emphasis on another.  Since I am once again attempting to start a blog, there are many puns which are now jostling for attention but quite frankly they can go away.

I’m not new to blogging. I’ve had several over the years. At my last reckoning I’ve been blogging on and off for the last decade. Although maybe the emphasis should be on the off. I’m not the most reliable blogger. Looking over the archives, there is a certain tendency to see posts entitled something along the lines of “Hello, and yes. I am still alive.” Not the most fascinating reading I’m sure.

So why give it another go? And why a new blog? Why not just reactivate an older one?

Well, things have changed. My focus and ambitions have altered somewhat. And the older blogs somehow seem embedded in the past, and well – I’m trying to move forward. Part of this step forward is a move (on a small level) into knitting and crochet design. I’m not saying this will be career, but it is something which interests me. And I’m enjoying the creativity of it. Plus I get to play with lots of computer programs in order to write and build the patterns. See? Fun. Well it is to me.

So. While I would like to blog more frequently, and I shall certainly try to, I cannot guarantee that I won’t revert to radio silence at some point. On the other hand, I think I can promise not to write exciting posts entitled “Hello, and yes. I am still alive.”