Woolly weekend randoms

OMG where does the time go? There's been a lot of travel and goings-on in the last couple of weeks (who am I kidding - months!) and I'm sorry the blog is just one of those things that seems to fall by the wayside.

This picture pretty much sums up the fun we had this weekend! L-R: Dani, Catherine, me and Rachel

This picture pretty much sums up the fun we had this weekend! L-R: Dani, Catherine, me and Rachel

I spent this past weekend recharging my batteries in the company of my girlfriends - all of whom are truly amazing, beautiful, clever, wonderful women. I'm so lucky to have them in my life and am so thankful to have found a group of stitchy friends as dear to me as my gals back home.

Some of you may remember my tweeting this photo of Rachel and Alison following last year's successful jaunt to Wonderwool Wales.

Some of you may remember my tweeting this photo of Rachel and Alison following last year's successful jaunt to Wonderwool Wales.

In the last couple of weeks we managed to throw together a slightly planned yet slightly impromptu excursion to Wonderwool Wales and it was just perfect.

There were alpacas.

There were alpacas.

Baa Ram Ewe won a ribbon.

Baa Ram Ewe won a ribbon.

Catherine took the Mercedes of spinning wheels for a test drive.

Catherine took the Mercedes of spinning wheels for a test drive.

We made new friends at the new  Midwinter Yarns .

We made new friends at the new Midwinter Yarns.

Shetland sheep were there too.

Shetland sheep were there too.

This knitter very kindly let me get a photo of her awesome skulls cardi.

This knitter very kindly let me get a photo of her awesome skulls cardi.

The rainbow of SweetGeorgia colour was proudly on display at the Purlescence booth.

The rainbow of SweetGeorgia colour was proudly on display at the Purlescence booth.

While  Kettle Yarn' s Islington was also very popular (and so sweetly displayed!).

While Kettle Yarn's Islington was also very popular (and so sweetly displayed!).

My stash haul included the new ChiaoGoo DPNs kit - although technically that's for work and not stash!

My stash haul included the new ChiaoGoo DPNs kit - although technically that's for work and not stash!

There was also yarn for a new design project, and a kit to try something new.

There was also yarn for a new design project, and a kit to try something new.

Why yes, that is a new yarn bowl. And glass spiral shawl pin, and a very restrained single skein of "non-work" yarn.

Why yes, that is a new yarn bowl. And glass spiral shawl pin, and a very restrained single skein of "non-work" yarn.

And the time in the car was spent productively too!

And the time in the car was spent productively too!

Thank you so much for your patience as I get back to finding my blogging groove. Blogtacular is in a few weeks. I'm sure it will help.

A cup of tea and a pair of socks

1. My parents are visiting. They've taken themselves and Mr. H off to the Royal Air Force Museum so that I can catch up on a little bit of work. 

2. It's hard for me to say Royal Air Force and not think of the Royal Canadian Air Farce.  

3. I now feel like I should be more connected to the CBC as a Canadian abroad and yet somehow I still haven't managed to start listening to BBC's Radio 4. Apparently my anglo-assimilation is lacking. 

4. With everyone out of the house I've been working on a recap of the woolly wonders that were Wool Week UK, and the yarnbombing, and then was faced with a rare extension. 

No, I really don't put my knitting in my tea

No, I really don't put my knitting in my tea

5. I thought this might be a good opportunity to update my own neglected blog but decided to run to the post office first and then have a cup of tea while working on some bulky socks for my mom for Christmas.

6. Dad might have been jealous and has also requested a pair. His will be plain red and adorned with these.  Of course.

  Why yes, I do look ridiculous, but this hat is also ridiculously warm!

 Why yes, I do look ridiculous, but this hat is also ridiculously warm!

7. I finished a toque out of gloriously bright green handspun on Sunday night. As it's also a gift and coupled with the bulky socks that were cast on yesterday, I'm now feeling rather smug about the state of my Christmas gift knitting.

8. This will no doubt bite me in the arse as I'm sure to be distracted by some other project/yarn/pattern/book/etc.

  A beautiful pairing of smoky grey and soft lavender

 A beautiful pairing of smoky grey and soft lavender

9. Case in point, I've been thinking about what travel knitting to take with me for my weekend in Paris with the hubby. Favourable odds right now on some luscious Viola from my stash and the French Cancan pattern in honour of the City of Lights.  (Psst - and the pattern is on sale until October 31!)

  I've been playing in  PicMonkey  again too! The pic on the left is the original and shows the true colours of this amazing hat!

 I've been playing in PicMonkey again too! The pic on the left is the original and shows the true colours of this amazing hat!

10. Am also wondering randomly if the new hat my mom gave me today (she bought it earlier this fall on a trip in Lithuania - isn't it fab?!) is over the top for Paris and how I can work my wardrobe around it.

And incidentally, if anyone has any favourite recommendations of things to see, do, and eat in Paris, please send them along in the comments! 

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.