CH 128: Designing a Creative Summer

Ch 128

Today I’m talking about summer plans and thinking about some nourishing “just for fun” projects.

Show Sponsor:

Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

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Upcoming Events:

Cheshire Fibre Festival will take place on 1st October 2016 at Marthall Village Hall, Marthall, Cheshire, WA16 7SB.

Five fibre artists from Cheshire are combining resources to create the Cheshire Fibre Festival as part of the North West Fibre Arts Trail, which encourages fibre artists from the North West of England to open their doors and showcase their work.

The five fibre artists are:

Agrarian Artisan Designs – Valerie Bracegirdle will hold 2 crochet workshops and have a stall selling patterns kits and other crochet goodies.

Crafts from the Dungeon – Beryl Weir will be demonstrating rigid heddle weaving and selling a fabulous range of kits across a range of fibre arts, plus woven items.

Eco-Stitch – Diane Malinowski will have a stall selling a range of luxury hand-dyed 100% linen, eco friendly, vegan yarn

Jenny Barnett Needlefelt – Jenny will hold a needle felting workshop and have a stall selling needlefelt, kits and books

Yarns from the Plain – Nic Rudd will be selling fabulous hand-dyed British yarn and fibre, and crochet kits.

There will also be a knit and natter area, and refreshments sold in aid of Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research).

Entry is free and there is ample free parking.

CH Country House Retreat

After the wonderful time we had in Cumbria in March, we decided straight away that we wanted to go back and knit in the lovely Eden Valley again. And rather than wait until next year we thought we would have a retreat this autumn to celebrate the beginning of knitting season!  We also thought it would be nice to have a weekend retreat for people who couldn’t manage during the week. And it was so beautiful in the spring that we thought we would do the same format just before Edinburgh Yarn Festival again next year as well!!

The following dates are confirmed:

Autumn Retreat 2016
Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 October 2016

Spring Retreat 2017
Monday 6 – Thursday 9 March 2017

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The Shawl Society


Joining The Shawl Society feels like stepping through a hidden doorway. You know you’re about to escape into something fresh, unexpected, and full of possibility.

The Shawl Society is a pattern subscription club for anyone who adores the element of surprise. Membership entitles you to six amazing months of secret shawl patterns (one pattern will be released each month – June to November) to knit along with your fellow initiates. Participation in the Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive discounts from boutique yarn producers, and members-only pop-up sales.

The six designs in this mystery collection cover the entire shawl spectrum. You’ll encounter different shapes, sizes, and techniques, and the difficulty level will range from relaxing patterns you can knit as you lounge at the lakeside all the way to challenging projects to ignite your sense of adventure. The shawls will be released one by one, and each will take you on a journey. All you have to do is follow the path as it unfolds, one step at a time.

 The Shawl Society – JOIN HERE

That’s everything! See you next week, and until then, happy knitting!

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