Showing posts from October, 2012


Was so looking forward to our Greek holiday, a chance to relax and wind down after a hectic year. But best laid plans and all that...
We set out for Manchester Airport at 3am to get our 6.30am flight to Athens, having had little or no sleep, but the adrenalin was high and we were in good spirits.  Flight full but on time,  we settled down for four hours of idling away the time snoozing and scanning the paper.

About an hour into the flight I noticed P was looking very grey and unwell and asked if he was OK.  The reply was Don't speak to me or touch me, I feel awful.  Not his usual response so I felt slightly concerned, then the steward passed by and spotted P and asked if there was anything he could do. Water and a high-sugar drink were brought as they thought it could be low blood sugar, but by that time P was too ill to drink either.

He subsequently started to shiver violently, went completely grey with cold sweat pouring from his face, eyes rolling, then completely blacked out. …

Rosleague Shawlette

First of all I'd like to resolve the winner of the Classic Woolly Toppers hardcopy. After notifying the first choice last week, with a request for her address, I've heard nothing, so have picked a second chance winner.  Many congrats to Sally BC, if you could please email me your contact details, this dream collection for hat-lover's will be winging its way to you.
I've just spent the past two weeks in Ireland, hosting our Knit Ireland tour for twenty-five lovely guests. I always try to focus on one piece of knitting while I'm away and so, knowing that space and weight was at a premium, I chose this gorgeous cobweb lace yarn - 50% baby suri alpaca, 30% mohair and 20% silk.  I bought the yarn on our last tour in May at a mill in the Dales and have had it sitting in my studio asking to be knit ever since.
The first few days of a tour are always hectic so by the time we'd travelled through the Burren and visited Galway and Inis Oirr, one of the Aran Islands, I stil…

Knit Ireland photo essay

Today I'm delighted to announce the lucky recipients of Woolly Wormhead's Classic Woolly Toppers.  Many congrats to Kiki who has won the hard copy (could you please email me your contact details before Saturday 6th, when the prize goes to the reserve winner?) and to Debbie, who'll be receiving the ebook in her Ravelry library shortly. Enjoy! The numbers were picked by a non-knitting guest on our Knit Ireland tour. The absolute favourite was Sumner, followed closely by the Camden cap, with the beautiful Ravine coming in third. Many thanks to everyone who entered the draw. You may have noticed I haven't been very active on the blog recently, mainly because for the past ten days we've been travelling around Ireland with a bunch of twenty-five lovely people. The tour ends on Friday, but meanwhile as I'm strapped for time, I'll post a couple of photo essays to give you a flavour of some of the things we've been up to.

Lisdoonvarna & the Burren