Catching up

It's still half term here at our house. My son's school gets two weeks as opposed to the one that most British schools get and while I think we do a good job of filling the days (my mom is here so we've been having a great visit and seeing various sights) and keeping the little guy on a regular schedule, mommy's regular routine has been completely thrown out the window.

Things have also been ramping up a bit for me work-wise so that's keeping me busy too, and then of course there were two more knitting/craft-related shows that I went to. One was a craft trade show, where I met some fabulous folks and also the lovely gals from the UK Handknitting Association. Their organisation keeps track of all kinds of knitting and crochet goings-on in the UK and their website has a ton of resources from retailers to suggestions for charitable knitting.

The other show was Unravel, which I attended with Rachel this past Sunday. Rachel seems to think I was using her for a ride to Farnham and while I cheerfully acknowledge being a ride-mooch, I do enjoy her company! Unravel was held at Farnham Maltings - a cool arts-and-culture-and-community kind of space made up of a bunch of different buildings and the show took over almost every available space. We wandered through room after room of exhibitors, down hallways and on multiple floors until we were yarned out (sadly, this meant I didn't go back to look at a couple of yarn-y stalls and I never did get that tea towel that said "Oh how I'd rather be knitting". Oh well.).

Sadly, I didn't get a lot of photos, but I did get some good loot:

A ball of 100% alpaca in a chunky weight from Toft Alpacas and an alpaca fur pom pom (a kit to make their Pom Pom Hat), a ball of Bigwigs Angora DK (50% angora, 50% merino), 25g of Bigwigs Angora fibre, and two little lavender sachets for my sweater drawers.

A ball of 100% alpaca in a chunky weight from Toft Alpacas and an alpaca fur pom pom (a kit to make their Pom Pom Hat), a ball of Bigwigs Angora DK (50% angora, 50% merino), 25g of Bigwigs Angora fibre, and two little lavender sachets for my sweater drawers.

As you can see, the hat was very quick to get on the needles. It's also been even quicker to get off since it's already finished! I need some better pics though, so will have to wait to show you.