Wednesday, 4 November 2015

A little pootle . . .

I've been going to visit my family in the pretty little town of West Kilbride, in Ayrshire on the beautiful west coast of Scotland for years, but it's been ages since I'd had the chance for a wee wander around.
So a couple of weeks ago, my lovely cuzzies & I took ourselves off for a little pootle and I got a peek into some of the fab shops that contribute towards the Craft Town of Scotland accolade that West Kilbride holds.

Our first stop was Old Maiden Aunt Yarns - what a great wee shop, filled to the brim with oh-so-lovely hand-dyed yarns in all sorts of yummy colours.

I spied the dye pots simmering away in the back, and was lucky enough to have my curiosity satified by an explanation of the whole process that they use to achieve all the pretty colours.  

It was at this stage that I mentally cursed having a restricted baggage allowance for my return flight, so whilst I did make a little purchase, I had to be suitably restrained.  But I'll be back.... with more available space in my suitcase next time!  

A little further down the main street, we popped our heads around the door of McHattie - a yarn boutique that at that moment was full of a big group of nattering, knitting ladies, and no space for us & my littlest cuzzie's stroller. So we carried on along the road, and will hopefully stop in next time I'm in town.

Just a few doors along, we discovered another exciting little shop - Weft Blown.  Now I don't think I've had a chance to tell you this yet, but the Hubby gave me an Ashford Knitters Loom for my birthday - so stepping into Weft Blown was a delight. Friendly, helpful and happy to chat, with soooo many pretty things on display that have really inspired me to get weaving :-)

So lovely peeps, if you ever find yourself pootling around the west of Scotland, don't skip a visit to this crafty town - it's well worth a wander.

Oh and of course if you're in need of a holiday, I can highly recommend THE Best Travel Agent in the World . . . LAH Travel, right there in the main street too - tell them I sent you ;-)

'til next time,

ps. West Kilbride has also been nominated in the Great British High Street Awards 2015.  I think they deserved to win!

pps. Also linking up today with Small Things weekly Yarn Along - so do pop over and see what everyone else has been up to.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Another wee break . . .

I'm off to sunny Glasgow for The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show at the SECC this week - anybody else going?

I'll be at the Sew Me Something stand C20 - do pop over and say hello if you're passing.

Back soon . . . 


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

knit, purl, pray . . .

"The knitter knows that time spent creating something beautiful and uselful can also be a time to be quiet and reflect. "  - knit, purl, pray

It's really quite exciting when someone you know is an actual published author, 
don't you think ?
It was a few months ago that my lovely friend Lisa told me she had another book coming out, so when knit, purl, pray dropped through the mail box last week, I couldn't wait to open it.

It's the perfect accompaniment to those reflective days when you just need to take time out from the busy-ness of a day to sit and be . . . and knit.  Or crochet, or weave, or spin . . .

The book is divided into short sections that you can dip in & out of it, and chapter titles like Lessons from my Knit Bag and I Speak Knittish made me smile.  
To know Lisa, is to love her  -  seriously, she's sweet, kind & funny,  and has the most infectious laugh  -  and her loveliness shines through in her writing.

It's not just for knitters of course, crocheters and other creative souls will enjoy it too.  There's even a chapter called Comfort for the Furry - I'll need to read that one to Ben & Jerry sometime ; - ) 

And in my yarn basket this week ?  I'm loving being a part of the Spice of Life Blanket CAL.  Apparently there are about 5000 of us from all over the world taking part.  Wow . . . that's a whole lot of pretty yarns being used . . .

I'm linking up today with Ginny's weekly Yarn Along at Small Things - do pop over & have a little peek at what everyone else has on their hooks & needles too.

'til next time,

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Mostly I've been playing hooky . . .

. . . raiding my stash, and buying some new bits & bobs here and there, to gather enough yarn and pretty colours to join in with Cherry Heart's Spice of Life CAL.   

Are you crocheting along too?  
Would you believe there are over 3000 lovely hooky peeps from around the world taking part - and it's so much fun seeing everyone's progress and different choice of colours. 

It's a beautiful sunny, autumnal week here but the definite nip in the air at night provides the perfect excuse (as if I really need one) to curl up on the sofa and crochet.

Still on the topic of all-things hooky - my lovely friend Lazy Daisy Jones is hosting a little crochet hook up game on Instagram for October.  Do come and play . . . it'll be so fun.

So if you're a fellow hooky-lovin' 'grammer, pop in @lazydaisyjones for more details, and whilst you're there, come see me too @gilly_makes and say hello. 

It starts tomorrow, 1st October and each day LDJ will post a little prompt, so join in and let's see what all our other crochet addicts enthusiasts are up to.  See you there  : - )

'til next time,

Linking up today with Ginny over at Small Things, for the weekly Yarn Along - do pop by and enjoy the yarny feast.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Back to the making . . .

Well the holidays are over, and no more days away planned or visitors coming to stay, for a couple of weeks, so let's get back to the making shall we?

Autumn has well and truly arrived, and is putting on a splendidly sunny show this weekend, but there's a definite nip in the air.  Even indoors too because our boiler went on the blink last week and we found ourselves curled up in front of the fire, or huddled around the space heater.  I even hauled out the hot water bottles.  But the new boiler is now safely in situ and the temperature indoors restored to a cosy level once more  : - )

So with the changing of the season, it's time to start sorting through the WIP & Want-to-Make Lists, and hopefully get some lovely makes ticked off.   I haven't been entirely idle through the summer though AND I've even made a start to my (dare I say it ? ) Christmas makes . . .

So this year's Christmas quilt was a quick and simple make.  I bought the pretty panel and the ready-made sweet dotty binding at Sew Me Something, did some straight line quilting around the squares and hand-tied some pretty red glass beads on at the end.
 One Christmas quilt:  finished and ready for the festive season. Tick.

And whilst in the Christmas making mood, I whipped up a little wreath too.  I raided my box of scraps and selected a whole bunch of festive fabrics,

 then spent a fun afternoon making this:

 Every year I seem to end up rushing around madly trying to get decor and Christmas gifts made in time, so for once I'm going to try and be organized. 

 What d'you think ?  Too early ?  Or have you secretly made a start too ?
Pray do tell . . .

'til next time,
Happy making . . .


Saturday, 19 September 2015

All the fun of the Fair . . .

I am sooo not a morning person, so when Mrs Sew Me Something herself mentioned she'd be swinging by in the van to pick me up before sunrise on Thursday morning,  I did my best to negotiate.  But the prospect of the possibility of rush-hour traffic on the M25, and an allocated set-up time dictated that we really did need to be up and on the road early.

And so it was that Reg {the trusty big white van packed to the gunwhales}, Jules & I set off heading south for The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace in London.

Jules drove (very ably, I might add), whilst I nattered, knitted, and poured the coffee. 
 Traffic hold-ups ensued and it took us a while, but eventually we arrived safe & sound, and spent the rest of the day setting up the Sew Me Something stand.  

There was a lovely buzz around in anticipation of the Fair opening the next day.  Everywhere you looked was a flurry of folk unpacking boxes, wheeling trolleys, hanging bunting and generally just making the huge marquee look amazing.

Friday morning dawned beautifully sunny, and despite several bursts of rain throughout the day, we enjoyed all the fun of the Fair.  
Best of all I got to meet so many lovely peeps -  bloggy & IG friends, old & new, and a whole bunch of happy crafters from far and wide - who popped by the stand to say hello.

Just an all round fabulous event, in a beautiful setting . . . .

We were so busy that I didn't even have a chance to wander around and see everything, but by all accounts everyone seemed to have a good time.  

It was a bit of a tiring train trip home, but at least I didn't have to get up early again this morning  : - )

Happy weekend all,  
it's a sunny one here so we're making the most of it . . .

'til next time,

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