Exhibitions, yarn shows and fibre festivals

Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour

My first visit to the Fashion and Textile Museum in London was to see the exhibition 'Kaffe Fassett - A Life in Colour'. Do I need to tell you Kaffe's life story? Just in case you are not familiar here is a summary. Kaffe Fassett was born in California and became…

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Keep Calm and Carry Yarn, part 2

On Saturday I returned to the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford for the 'Keep Calm and Carry Yarn' event. The Sun was shining and the countryside looked beautiful. During Keep Calm and Carry Yarn, there were exhibitions, demonstrations of spinning and weaving, and opportunities to try felting,…

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Charnwood knitting group

I've been going to a couple of knitting groups for many years - actually both are into their second decades! The Charnwood knitting group has met in various venues over the years (homes, then Blackberry Yarns in Mountsorrel, then homes again, then the Toby Carvery in Loughborough). Recently, we have…

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Keep Calm and Carry Yarn, part 1

A few weeks ago I visited The National Centre for Craft & Design for the first time. This is in Sleaford, a small market town in Lincolnshire. I didn't see that much of Sleaford (unless you count driving around the one-way system several times), but the little I did see is very attractive.…

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Maker’s Yard and Makers’ Mart

In my last post, I wrote about the St George's area of Leicester and showed you some of the old warehouses and factory buildings. Regeneration of this area and its rebranding as 'The Cultural Quarter' started around 2000. A new theatre (Curve) was built, Leicester's art cinema (Phoenix) relocated, and the Moderne cinema became the Athena conference…

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The Cultural Quarter, Leicester
Alexandra House (1895-8) by Edward Burgess, Rutland Street, Leicester Originally a bootlace warehouse. Damaged in WW2. Cleaned in 1990.

The Cultural Quarter, Leicester

Recently I visited the Cultural Quarter in Leicester. Even though I grew up near this city and visited often, this is an area with which I'm not that familiar. The things I do remember are the Moderne former Odeon cinema and the flat-iron corner of The Exchange Building, with its…

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Fair Isle knitting is fantastic!

Last weekend I went to Abergavenny to teach some workshops at The Wool Croft. The Fantastic Fair Isle workshop took place on Saturday and Sunday. On the Saturday we worked in the exhibition space above The Art Shop; a beautiful 16th century building with original wood and limestone floors, and Victorian shop…

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A quick note!

You may have noticed a lack of blog posts in the last few weeks. There's nothing to worry about; things have been busy with work, which is a good thing, but has meant that some things, such as writing for Being Knitterly, have slipped. There's actually a lot to write…

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Pen nibs and custard!

I've always had a fascination with how things are made, whether that be by hand or machine. As I child, I remember watching milk bottles being filled in a factory; it was quite mesmerising! Recently, a group of us went to Birmingham, which is Britain's second largest city. For many…

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Rowan Magazine No 53
Santorini by Marie Wallin

Rowan Magazine No 53

Santorini by Marie Wallin I first saw a Rowan Knitting magazine when I lived in Glasgow in the early 90s. One of my flatmates was a fashion student at the Glasgow School of Art; she was making an outfit comprising knitted shorts and a vest top with swan's wings (not…

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