Saturday, March 15, 2008

Two thousand and eight: a yarn odyssey

My schedule is so fibre-filled at the moment, and I'm having so much fun that (coupled with the evil sinus germs) I just don't seem to have the time/inclination to blog. Look here's my wheel (her name is Radish*) and I think I'm finally mastering the treddling):

And I can't remember whether I've mentioned my trip to Ely for the first-ever Ely KTog meeting. It was a fabulous evening and Jayne and Emily have found the perfect venue (good lighting, quiet music, squashy sofas)!

It seems hard to believe that the knitting group I rustled up (via Yahoo and the UK Handkniters Group) in March 2003 is now so big (12-20+ at most meetings, 70 members on Ravelry, 100 people receiving details by email)that we are having to switch the venue of our Saturday meetings. Here's a glimpse of some of us at this Saturday's meeting:
We'll be celebrating our 5th birthday on Wednesday. I can't claim any of the credit for this, it is all due to the many wonderful knitters and crocheters who have attended meetings over the years. Several of us remember events where only two (or, worse, one) turned up but the rising popularity of knitting and, in particular, the birth of Ravelry, mean that there is little danger of that now. Moreover, through the Ravelry group, it looks as if there may be more offshoots at new locations: if you're not on Ravelry, watch the KnitCambridge blog for more details.

The day after the Ely meeting I headed to Norwich to visit the rather wonderful Cloth and Culture exhibition at the Sainsbury Gallery and the equally wonderful Norfolk Yarn for a really tempting shopping experience. That trip was a dry run for two KTog group visits. The first of those was yesterday and I think it is fair to say that we had a great time, not least to Rebecca, of Norfolk Yarn: she is the perfect proprietor of the perfect shop! This afternoon (I'm typing this on Saturday, though goodness knows when I'm going to be adding the links) was another KTog meet and tomorrow I'm off to London to learn how to teach others to crochet a hyperbolic reef. And, of course, befoer I've managed to get this published, I'va actuaally been to the workshop. How's this for inspirational work:

I'll try to get a dedicated post done on this very soon!Oh, and (going back to my diary) earlier in the week (Wednesday?) I went on a Rowan finishing techniques workshop, to jolt myself out of my bad habits...

I realise that I've not shown you my SkipNorth spoils...but here's a shot of several swag-laden knitters:
(Since then, I've also acquired lots of lovely, dyed corriedale sliver from Norfolk Yarn and the truly brilliant Wye Sue has sent me a large bag full of combed fleece). I'll add some pics now and post this, then hope to add fuller reports of all these events (and, importantly, links) over Easter weekend (Yay! Two days off work! I might actually get some yarn spun).

Factual, chronological and sensibly composed, illustrated posts, with decent links, should be resumed again later this week...

(* I love Radishes, but Radish is also short for Radegund. It's a long story!)

8 comments:

Wye Sue said...

Have a good time on Wednesday....

I googled and the first thing that came up was a pub in Cambridge and something to do with beer....

Cant wait to see the first spun - and it is meant to be lumpy ;-)

fluffbuff said...

Radish is a funny name for a wheel. :)

BTW, I love that bunny by the fireplace.

TutleyMutley said...

Great title for the post!
I lurvvv the Radish - ditto what Sue says about the handspun.
Your reminiscing about the start of your Ktog reminded me of when I started ours up - only 2 yrs ago (a baby sister!) - but we've never been less than two - I've taken my mum along on occasion, as I've feared noone else would turn up, but someone always did. Here's to the knitting revolution!

picperfic said...

I love this post, completely scatty and a taster of what we have to come when you have more time to show/tell us more! I am envious of your spinning wheel! I had a really lovely day in Norwich, even if I only saw you at the beginning and the end :^)

Karen said...

Busy person!
Looking forward to hearing and seeing more when you have time.

E-J said...

Poop, the finishing techniques workshop has happened already? I was umming and ahhing about that one ... It's something I really NEED to learn about.

I do hope we'll be seeing you in Ely this Thursday?

Rosie said...

Urk! I've just seen how typo-strewn this post is. That'll learn me to blog when I'm virtually asleep...

Rosie said...

As for Ely, e-j, sorry but I suspect I'll be just too tired. Will try to get to the following one.