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Big thanks to Jordan, Allison's partner for his technical assistance in recording this episode's interview, and a shout out to our Bath Half marathon buddy Helen, who was sadly not able to run with us because of injury. But we'll get a chance to run with her again, as we've got a Yarn in the City team for the Nike Women's 10K run on 21 June. Details are on our Ravelry group, and everyone is welcome to join us!
What's going on:
Festival season is in full swing - hooray!
14-15th March: Edinburgh Yarn Festival - Alli will be in the Podcast Lounge and at the Ca-baa-ret. Please go harass her!
13-15th March: Dornoch Fibre Festival, in Dornoch, Sutherland.
27-28th March: British Alpaca Futurity and P-Lush show in Coventry. Mmmm...alpaca!
25-26th April: Wonderwool Wales, Builth Wells.
9th May: Wharfe Wool Fair, Otley, near Leeds.
15-16th May: I Knit Fandango, Royal Horticultural Halls, London. We will be there at the Porpoise Fur booth - come say hi!
16-17th May: John Arbon Open Weekend, South Molton, Devon.
23rd May: Highland Wool Festival, Dingwall Mart.
25th May: The Shipston on Stour Wool Fair, Shipston on Stour, South Warwickshire
30-31st May: Proper Woolley, Holsworthy, Devon.
In the works:
Allison is working on the Beeswax Hat by Amy van de Laar, in some gorgeous new Plump DK from Mrs. Moon, and the Helix Cable Vest by Shiri Mor. She finished her Garter Squish Blanket (to the tune of +2000 yds out of stash!), and her sheep have mostly stayed cold, although she did get some gorgeous fabric at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia.
Rachel is almost done with Latticewing Version 3 (to be released soon!), worked in some lovely (green) Canopy Fingering from The Fibre Company. Her Windmill Bay Stole is almost through the middle lace section, and she's finished a woven handspun scarf (with Hello Yarn Fiber Club yarn, of course). She's been distracted from finishing things by her new Christmas toy, courtesy of her wonderful mother: a Classic Carder. Card all the things!!!!
Cold Sheep Update:
We've been pretty good at our cold sheep efforts, although Rachel was struck by a bolt of inspiration which resulted in a Baa Ram Ewe order (she needed the proper colour of a particular yarn!). However, we have agreed that "work" stash (for designing or samples) is quite separate from "personal" stash, so she has been given a pass for the moment.
We also did a bit of swapping at The Muse Connection Volume 1, put on by A Playful Day and Curious Handmade. Alli's offering wasn't snatched up, so she gifted it to a friend to make up for the skein she selected at the swap. Rachel left two skeins and brought home two skeins, but ended up with more yardage then she swapped out. Hmmmm....
Also a bit about our Yarn in the City 10K team (details here). Come run with us!
Crazy about Colour!
As we get closer and closer to the KNITSONIK Quotidian Colourwork class at the end of the month, excitement is building to play with ALL THE COLOURS OF WOOL! We talked to Felix, our intrepid colourwork guide, about her upcoming retreat with Brenda Dayne at Gwlana, her first knitting projects, the importance of colour and sounds in her life, her inspiration and a bit more about what participants can expect from the class. There are still a few slots available, so please come join us! A link to tickets and more information can be found here.
As always you can find us on Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts and feedback with us, and please come say hi at any of the events we're attending if you get a chance!
Music credits (all available on NoiseTrade)
Loneliness & Alcohol - Jars of Clay
Everything You've Done Wrong - Sloan
Chasing Color - The Canvas Waiting