Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

Knit and Natter Friday.

Thank you all for your good wishes for Mr E. He is continuing to do well and there is an outside chance he may be home today or tommorrow. Most of this week has been spent driving through road works to hospital and back again. Not my favourite occupation. I have a friend Claire whom I used to work with. When the powers that be used to come up with daft ideas that just add to work load and do little good, she would tell me it was an OPPORTUNITY! So when things look pretty bleak I try to andΒ  don’t usually succeed to look for her much vaunted opportunities. In this instance she was right. There was an opportunity glaring me in the face.

Visiting times begin at hospital begin at 1pm. I have to be in Leeds, so why not visit

before I go. So on the Friday night I did my food shopping for the weekend, fettled the house, packed up bags and drove off bright and early on the Saturday morning and managed to be at Spring into Wool by 10.15. I had done my research so I knew just which stalls I wanted to head for and what I thought I might like to purchase.

This ladies bright and cheerful smile was so welcoming and to say she had been lambing all week. Yes that wool is all hers, hand dyed by her sister. Based in Oxfordshire but the sheep are Wensleydales, therefore proper Yorkshire and details here

I choose this lovely wool and pattern for some mittens

which are going to be all for me, except for the cream 4ply yarn which will be for my secret santa recipient this year.

Next I headed for the wonderfully named Joes Toes

where I choose some super slippers to crochet

for me… . Then to

where I bought some wool fat soap, and finally to another stall where I bought

what I hope is going to be quite an easy to knit scarf… for me. And see that titchy bit of knitting, that is all the knitting I have done this week.

After that there was just a time for quick whizz round the rest of the show, where I managed to pick up things as I passed by.

The two cards on the right caught my eye as I went in, and I had to go back for them.

After that there was just time for a coffee and a piece of carrot cake which served as lunch.

I was very glad I went, so good to be me for an hour and a half and not just another anxious relative in a hospital. So Claire is right there are opportunities to be found in even the most inauspicious things.

My bags were veritably bulging by the end

The crochet bag, gifted to me by my Secret Santa Sheila was much admired, and I consider that this show was a worthy first outing for it. Thank you. I could get in rather a lot!

I had my sister-in-law stay on Sunday and Monday night, she flew up to Leeds/Bradford airport which was rather convenient too. She also knits and had had a bash at crocheting, but couldn’t figure out how to handle her wool with her guiding hand. So you can imagine that both nights when we got home after supper were full of yarny talk and demonstrations and practice crochet exercises.

Meantime Mrs T had sent me some more pics of Easter which I thought you might like to see, well actually I thought I might like to share..

Finding those easter eggs

Cuddling Sparky and oh, this next one melted my heart. Master T insisted that his Mum took a picture of them with me before they went home.

Love them to bits.

And one more link here , just in case you missed the BBC4 series Make- episode 2 has the wonderful Dr Phil and her amazing chair, here. And Dr Phil blogs here as The Twisted Yarn

So I am hoping that Mr E comes home soon and life slows down again. And I hope you have time for lots of crafting this weekend, or whatever helps you relax.

Once again thank you for your kind words, they are so appreciated.

Be Happy,





Comments on: "Knit and Natter Friday." (49)

  1. Thanks so much for sharing such lovely photos of the little ones and yourself! I do hope Mr E is now home and your life can be less chaotic. But I am glad you found that opportunity!

  2. I love the kingfisher card! Hope Mr E is recovering x

  3. Good for you! I’m so pleased that you went and had some time mooching. Nice purchases too!
    I hope Mr E did come home and is doing well.

  4. That wool fair looked good! Making some slippers from Joes toes is on my wish list too!

  5. Oh, you made good use of the opportunity! Glad you found something fun to do to distract you from being anxious. Sounds like you found lovely things and had a nice visit with your SIL!

    Lovely photos, the last is a really special one!

  6. You got some awesome new projects and I’m glad to hear you too a little time for you! Your other bag is gorgeous too! Did you make it?

  7. So grateful Mr. E is doing so well! Have been thinking about you both even tho’ I haven’t been able to write. 😘

  8. I love your positive attitude, and your yarn show haul is very impressive. The Easter photos are lovely too. 😊

  9. Sending love and hugs Cathy 😊❀🌼

  10. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    Hope Mr E gets home very soon. Your grandchildren are beautiful.

  11. Glad to hear that Mr E is on the mend. Also pleased to hear of your trip to “Spring into Wool” sounds as if you had a great time. A little bonus! And two such lovely grandchildren. Good to look after yourself as well as Mr E.

  12. Love the photos of you and your sweet grands! I am so happy to hear that Mr. E is recovering well, may he come home very soon, and feel like himself again! The Wool Fair looked to be just what YOU needed, so the timing was impeccable! Today is going to be a knitting and sewing day for me, we have a blizzard warning until this evening. My two students will have their lessons over FaceTime, so I won’t have to reschedule, which is a nice development. Hugs to you, Cathy!

    • Oh my, more snow for you. I hope you have good day with the knitting and sewing. I love days like that. The good thing is for once I bought things at the fair for me! Doesn’t happen often. I read a quote the other day.. Women should put themselves first, as no-one else will.
      Mr E is getting better, he is starting to complain again. I quite liked the benign smiling Mr E I had for a day.

  13. I love the photo of you and your grandchildren. You will have to frame that one! Nice to see you found lots of lovely things at the wool fair. I hope Mr E is out and about soon. Xx

  14. Beautiful photo of you are the little ones. How sweet. They are absolutely adorable. πŸ™‚
    Glad Mr. E is on the mend. Keeping my fingers crossed he is home for the weekend, or very soon now.
    The fair looked amazing. Good to plan whom you want to visit when there. Lovely yarns. And soaps too, wow.
    Enjoy the coming weekend. Have a good one, and take care.

  15. I think I would like your friend Claire very much–her advice was perfect for you and gave you a much-needed boost! Your news is really all good it seems–husband improving, grandchildren loving and happy–it’s all great! And it’s so interesting to see how the children look like each other and you!

    • Well thank you. Claire’s advice is good but sometimes I really did not like to hear it! She was usually right and it is a good way to approach life.

  16. Miss F looks an awful lot like her Nana in that photo! I’m so glad Mr E is on the mend and on the way home, and that you’ve treated yourself to some lovely bits and pieces.

  17. It is all to easy to neglect yourself when you have someone else’s welfare at the forefront of your mind. I’m really pleased, therefore, that you took some time to do something you enjoy… and to support some small businesses along the way. HFW looks like a wonderful company with beautiful yarn. If you want to drool over some other lovely yarn from a small producer, take a look at Whistlebare – their wool looks fabulous and I plan to make a bee-line for them when I go to Yarndale this year.
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Mr E is out of hospital soon, but only when he is well enough and in a state that you can care for him without making yourself ill.

    • Thank you Dr Snail. Have just heard that the operation has passed another success milestone, we are now probably looking at a Monday discharge. I am having today at home for some r&r. Knitting is probably going to occur.I learned the hard way that I must stop when I am tired.
      I shall have a look at Whistlebare, thanks for telling me about it.

  18. It’s true you really have to go with a plan to these shows otherwise you are tempted into buying all sorts of things that you probably didn’t really need and might never do anything with. Can you hear ‘the voice of experience’ in that statement? Having said that, it’s lovely to see new things and a bit of temptation is good now and again. I’m glad you got some ‘me time’ – I expect you needed a bit of a lift and hopefully Mr. E. will be home with you again very soon.
    I like the idea of putting the Easter eggs up high so the little ones can’t reach – were they nana’s ones? πŸ˜‰

    • Lynne you are lovely, you always make me smile. The eggs were up high so Master T didn’t spot them all first! Little Miss F needed to see some for herself, with big hints from Nana.
      I knew I only had a short time at the fair, so researched the exhibitors information carefully and knew where they were in the building.
      Yes I did read the voice of experience in your comment. I have learned to keep away from fat quarters!

  19. It’s so lovely that you treated yourself to an outing – and so sensible to give yourself that special treat of just being you for an hour and a half!! Also, very good colour choices πŸ™‚ Best wishes for Mr continuing on the upward curve. You’ll be back to normal in no time xo

    • Thank you. I learned alot about colour from you last year! It was good just to talk yarn and craft for that time. There is onlly so much one can take of tubes and bandages. Thanks for the good wishes for Mr E.

  20. Just look at those cheeky faces, such lovely photos of you with your grandchildren. I think you do have to go to these yarn shows with some kind of plan, I remember my first time at Yarndale, it was so overwhelming faced with so much choice. You made some wonderful purchases and I look forward to seeing your projects progress. Wishing Mr E all the very best for a swift recovery and keeping my fingers crossed that you get him home very soon.

    • Thank you Jo. I also struggle in crowds so getting in early with a plan really helps. And the stall holders all had time to chat. I hear the crowds at Yarndale can be huge, which puts me off a bit. There were lots of people in Leeds, and so good to see so many young people. Knitting and crochet has really come back into vogue.

  21. Those photos are so special, I love the one with the three of you in the kitchen.
    I’m very glad you made time for yourself, not to mention having a Good Spend! πŸ™‚ Your husband will also benefit from the time you spend on yourself, because you will be less stressed. I do hope he makes a good recovery and is back in his own bed soon. Lots of love xxx

    • A bit of retail therapy can help. I only take cash in these circumstances and when it’s gone it’s gone!
      Thanks you for the good wishes for Mr E. We have optimistic days and some set backs , but that’s all part of life’s rich tapestry.

  22. andreaclairekiwi said:

    I love the photo of you with your grandchildren! And so very pleased to hear Mr E. is on the the mend. And – you can get Wool Fat soap??? I went to my first soapmaking course last weekend and I’m hooked! How appropriate would be be for me to make Wool Fat soap…!

  23. Adorable photos! So lovely to see you and your granchildren – how wonderful that Master T wanted a photo with is Nana. You found some scrumptious things at the Wool Fair – I like the sound of finding opportunities – I’ll remember that one. Fingers crossed for Mr E’s homecoming. Glad to know you are treating yourself to some goodies!

    • Thanks Sandra. I was thrilled that Master T insisted on that picture, love it. The Wool Fair was great , it took me out of the bad things for a few hours.Claire’s mantra could be quite annoying, till you actually came up with an opportunity!

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