I’ve had lots of happy messages this week, which is nice. First off, LJ is alive, arse and all, and managed to run the whole ruddy thing. Amongst my other lovely messages was one that particularly made me smile. It was from Lisa and made me realise that we need to relax and enjoy life. Let’s not take ourselves, or others, too seriously. Live like Westy. If you’re not sure what I mean, do as Lisa did and watch the below video. You will laugh, feel better and return to your knitting and correct your mistakes. Or watch Westy videos all night. Either way, you’re winning.
Yarn Shop Day. I’ll be at Countess Ablaze on the 30th April. Join me; step away from the Tunnocks though. You have been warned.
Yarn Show at Atholl Palace Hotel on the 7th May, Pitlochry. Open from 10am – 5pm.
Highland Wool Fest on the 21st May, Dingwall. Bit of a trek from my new location, but I have been before and it is well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Loch Ness Knitfest 29th Sept-2nd Oct, Eden Court, Inverness. This is the first year of this event, held in a beautiful area and well worth the trip. There will be workshops, lectures, market place and a Loch Ness cruise. What’s not to love?
This week you are being enabled to some rather lovely stationery by Martine Ellis of iMake. Her new ME Box is a monthly subscription for £15 and contains lots of good cards that are genuine keepers, a rarity these days, as well as postcards, prints etc and a treat for yourself. They are all printed in Guernsey with everything done locally, and I’m always a big fan of that, as you know. If you are not sold yet do watch the unopening video, and get a better idea of possible contents.
Review – Totally British 4 Ply
Joy, The Knitting Goddess, a veteran dyer and creator of the BritSock yarn that I loved, sent me some of her Totally British 4 Ply. It is a 85% UK Wensleydale and 15% UK Shetland mix. 100% grown, processed, spun and dyed in the UK. 400m per 100g and costs £18.50 for a 100g skein. She sent me the red colourway, obvs.
It isn’t a clear red, the grey of the Shetland contrasting the Wensleydale peeks through, which gives it a bit more depth and interesting tones. There is a lovely sheen coming from the Wensleydale that makes it look like silk in the lighter parts. It is quite rustic and robust but a bit stringy with some give. I expected some flatness but it is surprisingly bouncy. This glorious grey colour way is my favourite though. Such a lovely sheen.
In the hand it does have a bit of a tickle, but not a scratch. It is not a scratch. Knitted – it is coming up nicely. It has decent definition, pretty and neat looking and easy to work with.
I haven’t seen this blend anywhere else. It is accessible for a blend yarn, not intimidating at all. Socks, mitts and hats would be great in this yarn but shawls would be a risk due to the tickle. It would depend on the sensitivity of your skin. Word of warning – don’t subscribe to the newsletter unless you have money to spend, you will be sorely tempted, every week. Pop over to the Ravelry group if you have had a chance to knit with this yarn and let me know what you think.
Is this it?
I feel this weeks title needs some explanation. I have become somewhat overwhelmed. I have began to forget, actually forget, which fabulous skeins I own. I have a neon highlighter colour from Countess Ablaze that it is unthinkable that I could possibly forget. Much like having too much cake or sushi I am saturated with stash. I am not buying anymore, I am releasing skeins. I think this is it my friends…less is more.
That’s all from me this week. As always, thank you for listening. Feedback is always appreciated, and you can email me or message me via Ravelry or social media. If you enjoyed listening today, please consider leaving an iTunes review, to help others find the podcast too. Happy crafting!