New Yarn!

One feeling is possibly better than any other… Opening a new package of yarn!

This arrived from Countessablaze – isn’t it stunning…?!


I can’t wait to get started…

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Reasons to Love Being Crafty in Derbyshire

My post-Easter trip to Belper, Derbyshire went swimmingly on the crafting front. I was there in the first place to attend the wedding of a Dear Friend who inspired me to go beyond what I was then doing, which was buying and selling vintage fabric and textiles, and to actually start crocheting myself. I’d always been able to knit but crocheting had somehow always looked too complicated – how could you make anything with just one stick for goodness sake…! Anyway, when said Dear Friend arrived at work one day having mastered the basic stitches of crochet in a weekend, I was both lent a “how-to” book and inspired to try and have go myself. Thank goodness I did. Yarn based activities have definitely stuck.

Anyway, DF looked beautiful and had a great day and the rest of the week stretched out into all sorts of crafting (and walking) activities, some of which I’ve already recorded on here.

These were my main discoveries and reasons to be crafty in Derbyshire…

1. Beautiful and inspirational surroundings

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Bright spring flowers

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …and the perfect choice of red for the Pump House door

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Undeniably true blue sky

2. Quiltessential Patchwork and Quilting Shop, Cromford Mill, Cromford

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There is a wide selection of fabrics for patchwork and dressmaking. I found myself picking out a palette of fabrics with a coastal theme, though I avoided the stereotypical light pastels and stripes and found myself choosing some intense, rich colours and patterns enhanced by a mustard yellow and smidge of cerise pink. Very unexpected theme for me, but I suspect the depth of colour in the environment was working its magic.

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Also there was a bargain box of fat quarters for £1.50 – it’d be rude not to…

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3. Crafts Cornucopia, Belper, Derbyshire

A delightful shop that runs crafting workshops. I had a lovely chat with the owner about King Cole yarns. I’ve never particularly rated their output but I found myself talking to an expert stockist and quite possibly their biggest fan. They are the only brand of yarn sold in this shop and I became totally convinced that the brand itself is moving forward with its products at a surprisingly fast rate. I felt quite excited just listening to all the new developments and will watch this changing brand with more interest than ever before. I ended up, of course, making a purchase…

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This Bamboozle yarn is bonkers!!! It’s a slubby with so many different textures and colours I was beside myself with excitement choosing which colourway to go for. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think I could wear anything made out of it (!) but I have plans for a cushion cover or small throw to go on a VERY plain sofa.

And if you think Bamboozle’s bonkers, what about this…

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It’s got a wild pair of socks written all over it!

And finally, at the more subtle and impressive end of the spectrum, King Cole have a 100% wool yarn that I discovered for the first time at Crafts Cornucopia. It’s very beautiful, soft and comes in a range of subtle “misty” colours. And what with it being from a value brand was exceptional value for the quality.

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I have yet to make anything using these yarns as there are other important WIPs, but as soon as I do I’ll let you know what they are like to work with.

So, if you get the chance, visit Derbyshire and get crafting!

First Past the Post

Taking photographs of crafts – I had no idea how hard this would be. Firstly, it’s always too dark, I mean wherever I stand in my quite light and airy house, it is still too dark for photos. So, I’ve done my best to use something recognisably crafty for my page headers. They are all pictures of something created by me, whether it’s the only plant in my garden in flower, or the only project I’ve actually finished (more about half-finished projects another time). There is, somewhere, in the back of my mind, a grand master plan for all of this – the crafting, the website, the growing need to discuss the latest project and future projects, but before I can move any further forward with any of it I need to perfect the art (it is so very hard so it must be an art) of craft photography. Now when I say perfect, I mean a bit better than I can do at present. I have somewhere a magazine with an article all about this topic so I think the next step is to actually read it…. 🙂