Yesterday I spent a wonderfully woolly day at Unravel 2011  where I got to fully indulge my (newly found) knitting passion for several child-free-yarn-stroking-button-browsing hours. Fantastic!

I came away having spent far less than I expected, simply because there was TOO MUCH CHOICE! Chatting to other knitters and crocheters, there were many people who felt the same – it was just too difficult to decide what to buy and what to make using the many beautiful things on sale. I came home with one bag of yarn, buttons and other notions, but the most valuable thing I got was a list of exhibitor websites to browse at home.

Here are a few of the exhibitors I particularly liked:
  • Textile Garden – a delicious range of buttons, clasps, pins and other things you won’t know you NEED until you see them!
  • Felt Studio UK – SO many beautiful hand-dyed hand-spun yarns, I went back to the stall three times and still only came away with one skein because I simply couldn’t choose which others and wanted them all – not terribly useful. Must find a project for something!
  • Nimu Yarns – I’ve had the pleasure of “meeting” Clare online and have purchased from her online store already so it was great to finally meet up and stroke all the other yarns I’ve been lusting over. I bought a delicious skein from her for a little project… more on that in a later post.
  • Susan Crawford Vintage - stunning interpretations of vintage patterns.
  • The Natural Dye Studio – after visiting this stand and seeing Amanda’s beautiful crochet, I am more determined than ever that I must learn that craft!!!!
There was so much to see - I can't begin to imagine how many stitches and miles of yarn were on display, everything was knitted from the flowers and pillars in the foyer to the food in the cafe - there was even a knitted motorbike on display! 

Feeling inspired by so many lovely things, and great people, I don’t know why I’m sitting in front of my laptop – off to knit now.

Unravel 2011


Yesterday I spent a wonderfully woolly day at Unravel 2011  where I got to fully indulge my (newly found) knitting passion for several child-free-yarn-stroking-button-browsing hours. Fantastic!

I came away having spent far less than I expected, simply because there was TOO MUCH CHOICE! Chatting to other knitters and crocheters, there were many people who felt the same – it was just too difficult to decide what to buy and what to make using the many beautiful things on sale. I came home with one bag of yarn, buttons and other notions, but the most valuable thing I got was a list of exhibitor websites to browse at home.

Here are a few of the exhibitors I particularly liked:
  • Textile Garden – a delicious range of buttons, clasps, pins and other things you won’t know you NEED until you see them!
  • Felt Studio UK – SO many beautiful hand-dyed hand-spun yarns, I went back to the stall three times and still only came away with one skein because I simply couldn’t choose which others and wanted them all – not terribly useful. Must find a project for something!
  • Nimu Yarns – I’ve had the pleasure of “meeting” Clare online and have purchased from her online store already so it was great to finally meet up and stroke all the other yarns I’ve been lusting over. I bought a delicious skein from her for a little project… more on that in a later post.
  • Susan Crawford Vintage - stunning interpretations of vintage patterns.
  • The Natural Dye Studio – after visiting this stand and seeing Amanda’s beautiful crochet, I am more determined than ever that I must learn that craft!!!!
There was so much to see - I can't begin to imagine how many stitches and miles of yarn were on display, everything was knitted from the flowers and pillars in the foyer to the food in the cafe - there was even a knitted motorbike on display! 

Feeling inspired by so many lovely things, and great people, I don’t know why I’m sitting in front of my laptop – off to knit now.
As an avid babywearer, one of my very favourite woven wraps is Girasol Earthy Rainbow (ER) - it was one of my first wraps, and reminds me of my DD's very early days. I was delighted to come across several pictures of an inexpensive yarn on Ravelry that reminded me of it and knew I had to make something from it. 

I couldn't find any UK stockists, so  after a friend sent me the link, I managed to order it online from Banyan Tree Yarns in Malta - no prizes for my carbon footprint on this one, I'm afraid, but thanks to efficient service it arrived after a few days and just in time for the half-term holiday. 

I chose Gilet court d'ete as the ideal pattern for this quick knit as it's very straight forward and requires little concentration - multiple interruptions per row are not a problem, which turned out a blessing as DS was ill all week.  I made a few tiny modifications (detailed in my Ravelry project notes) and it was done in just a few days. I'm delighted with it and will definitely be using this pattern again.


Even after making a little Simple Spring Shawlette for our Mamamor doll, I have 1.5 balls of this beautiful yarn left. I'm yet to decide what to do with the rest, but watch this space!

Rainbow-tastic!

As an avid babywearer, one of my very favourite woven wraps is Girasol Earthy Rainbow (ER) - it was one of my first wraps, and reminds me of my DD's very early days. I was delighted to come across several pictures of an inexpensive yarn on Ravelry that reminded me of it and knew I had to make something from it. 

I couldn't find any UK stockists, so  after a friend sent me the link, I managed to order it online from Banyan Tree Yarns in Malta - no prizes for my carbon footprint on this one, I'm afraid, but thanks to efficient service it arrived after a few days and just in time for the half-term holiday. 

I chose Gilet court d'ete as the ideal pattern for this quick knit as it's very straight forward and requires little concentration - multiple interruptions per row are not a problem, which turned out a blessing as DS was ill all week.  I made a few tiny modifications (detailed in my Ravelry project notes) and it was done in just a few days. I'm delighted with it and will definitely be using this pattern again.


Even after making a little Simple Spring Shawlette for our Mamamor doll, I have 1.5 balls of this beautiful yarn left. I'm yet to decide what to do with the rest, but watch this space!
‘Cwtch’ is a Welsh word (I am Welsh) with multiple meanings - I've made some text bold in the Urban Dictionary definitions:

1. Welsh word for an affectionate hug. There’s no literal English translation, but its nearest equivlent is “safe place“. So if you give someone a cwtch, you’re giving them a “safe place”.  It can also be used as a place to store things safely (usually a cupboard under a staircase)
“Give me a cwtch”

2. Snuggling and cuddling and loving and protecting and safeguarding and claiming, all rolled into one. There is an element of intimacy, earnestness and ownership in this Welsh word (recently adopted into the OED) that the closest English equivalents, “cuddle”, “snuggle” and “hug” lack.  A cwtch creates a private safe place in a room or in two peoples hearts. Cwtching is strong affection made manifest and can apply to lovers, or a parent and child. It is also possible to give a respected associate a non-romantic cwtch. In that scenario, a cwtch would be a heartfelt hug.
Here are some examples from “Talk Tidy: The Online Home of Wenglish”  
A much loved and much used local word having a number of uses:
(a) The coal cwtch, or the cwtch under the stairs/cwtch dan star – a storage place: derived from the Welsh ‘cwt’.
(b) To keep concealed; “Keep that cwtched by there now – don’t want anybody to see it…"
(c) Lie down, as in the order to a dog – “Go (and find your) cwtch!”
(d) To be fondled and snuggled up in an especially loving way “Cwtch up to your mam now”. A child nursed “Welsh fashion is well and truly being ‘cwtched’
The room I craft in is my cwtch, it’s my sanctuary at home where I keep my ‘special’ things, and is also where I cwtch up to my children for quiet time. 
Oh, and it rhymes with 'butch'!

Why “Crafts from the Cwtch”?

‘Cwtch’ is a Welsh word (I am Welsh) with multiple meanings - I've made some text bold in the Urban Dictionary definitions:

1. Welsh word for an affectionate hug. There’s no literal English translation, but its nearest equivlent is “safe place“. So if you give someone a cwtch, you’re giving them a “safe place”.  It can also be used as a place to store things safely (usually a cupboard under a staircase)
“Give me a cwtch”

2. Snuggling and cuddling and loving and protecting and safeguarding and claiming, all rolled into one. There is an element of intimacy, earnestness and ownership in this Welsh word (recently adopted into the OED) that the closest English equivalents, “cuddle”, “snuggle” and “hug” lack.  A cwtch creates a private safe place in a room or in two peoples hearts. Cwtching is strong affection made manifest and can apply to lovers, or a parent and child. It is also possible to give a respected associate a non-romantic cwtch. In that scenario, a cwtch would be a heartfelt hug.
Here are some examples from “Talk Tidy: The Online Home of Wenglish”  
A much loved and much used local word having a number of uses:
(a) The coal cwtch, or the cwtch under the stairs/cwtch dan star – a storage place: derived from the Welsh ‘cwt’.
(b) To keep concealed; “Keep that cwtched by there now – don’t want anybody to see it…"
(c) Lie down, as in the order to a dog – “Go (and find your) cwtch!”
(d) To be fondled and snuggled up in an especially loving way “Cwtch up to your mam now”. A child nursed “Welsh fashion is well and truly being ‘cwtched’
The room I craft in is my cwtch, it’s my sanctuary at home where I keep my ‘special’ things, and is also where I cwtch up to my children for quiet time. 
Oh, and it rhymes with 'butch'!

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